John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
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Workout Report #2 of 2 (Comic Geekery Edition)

Rows: 3 mins @ 55 lbs (warmup)
Flat Barbell Bench Press: 1 set 10 reps @ 85 lbs
Narrow Pulldowns: 1 set 10 reps @ 60 lbs
Triceps Pushdown: 1 set 10 reps @ 50 lbs
Bench Press: 1 set 10 reps @ 65 lbs
Seated Lat Rows: 1 set 10 reps @ 40 lbs
Rear Deltoid Row: 1 set 10 reps @ 40 lbs
Chest Fly: 1 set 10 reps @ 40 lbs
Deadlift: 1 set 10 reps @ 40 lbs
Military Press: 2 sets 10 reps @ 25 lbs
Mabu / Horse Stance: 2:30
Rows: 3 mins @ 35 lbs (cooldown)

Now that's out of the way, on to what the post is really about!

My Blueline Pro prelined comics paper came in today. And like a proper art nerd, I'm geeking out about it. Oh, I'm sure that to some of you, it's like "Big deal, I use that every day." But to me, it represents an exciting step forward.

I was the same way, back in college, when I stopped drawing on typing paper and started drawing on real, honest-to-gosh bristol like the pros use! It's a kind of talismanic object to me, not just because of what it is and what I can do with it, but what it represents.

It represents my future. It represents my growth as an artist (and hopefully a person). And it represents branching out in new directions.

Ya see, that little 4-page story I did in Carpe Diem #4 was the first time ever I'd really done a comic book. And let's see, what did I post about it at the time? Oh yes... "artistically speaking -- and by no means do I intend to slight comic book artists here -- comic books are SO MUCH EASIER than comic strips, holy crap! So much SPACE! So much FLEXIBILITY! Such TINY, TINY WORD BALLOONS!"

As time goes forward, I hope, plan, and expect to be doing more and more work in "comic book page" format rather than the comic strip format. I think it will suit my art style better, my writing style better, and make my artistic quality take a drastic jump upward, much like it did for kylet. The reason I didn't draw comic book pages when I was first learning, is because in those days "comic books" meant "superheroes," and I wasn't interested in doing superhero stories. If there had been a USA manga market in, say, 1989 - 1991, like there is today, then I would have been one of those kids falling over themselves to sign their soul to Tokyopop.

(As it was, if there had been more, and less sexually-oriented Omaha the Cat Dancers, I would have probably been in the furry scene a lot earlier, too. Then genecatlow wouldn't have had to berate me for not knowing who cooner was. But I digress.)

So yeah, I think I can safely say that as time goes on, you'll be seeing a lot more comic pages from me. I will still have my hand in the comic strip scene (insert more tantalizing hints about NeverNever here) but comic books is where I'm going in the long run -- and I'm hoping to bring you all with me.

So that's why I'm excited by 24 sheets of oversized cardstock with barely-visible blue lines on them. Because when I look at them, I see a whole new world opening up for me. :)

-The Gneech, being schmaltzy, I know, so sue me

PS: ERIC, YOU SCHMUCK! GIVE ME MORE BISCUITS!
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