This is the first in what I intend will be a regular series of reports documenting the production progress of my first solo comic/artist book Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics. Partly autobiographical and partly fictive it draws on selected comics related incidents and reflections from my academic career including attempts to carry the comics flag within art and design education in both teaching and research. It also contains anecdotes relating to my Doctor Comics’s alias’s adventures and to my own longstanding interest in the study of comics. Following several false starts over the past year the first chapter has been written, the design roughed out and the artwork under construction. Publication was planned for September 2011 but now looking likely to be a little later. Printmaking is involved with woodcut, linocut, Japanese sosaku hanga technique and use of rubber stamps, wooden chops and seals. Drawing, typography and handwriting will also be incorporated as image-making techniques. The intention is to work toward producing a comic in an artist’s book type format.
I am finding it a much more time consuming process to make a comic than to read and review one but I am enjoying the creative experience and I anticipate spending more and more time creating and less and less time critiquing comics art and have altered my Twitter handle from ‘critiquing and creating’ to ‘creating and critiquing’.
Along with Doctor Comics there will be a couple of cat characters in the story to keep him company and create something of a contrast with him. These are being designed. For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, read all the BLOTTING PAPER production reports: Issue #1: No.1 No.2 No.3 No.4 No.5 No.6 No.7 No.8 No.9 No.10 No.11 No.12 No.13