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’s book Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics. Partly autobiographical and partly fictive it draws on selected animation and 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 finalised and the artwork under constructed. Publication was planned for September 2011 but is looking likely to be a little later. Printmaking is involved with woodblock, linocut, Japanese sosaku hanga technique and use of rubber stamps, wooden chops and seals and the intention is to work in the general direction of producing in an artist’s book format.
I am finding it a more time consuming process to create a comic than it is to read and review one. It is, however, a creative experience that I am enjoying and one that offers the opportunity for a degree of subjectivity that the disciplines of research and analysis do not. Consequently I anticipate spending more and more time creating and less and less time critiquing comics art and have altered my Twitter tag from ‘critiquing and creating’ to ‘creating and critiquing’ accordingly.
For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports: