Things continue to progress with the production of my artist’s book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics although somewhat erratically due to digressions, delays and interruptions. However, I’m still managing to keep it moving along with the intention of having the first chapter finished by the end of the year. In my transition from comics studies to comics production the most striking discovery has been the amount of time required to create the artwork. Whereas I can sit down and write a thousand words about someone else’s comic in a few days, to create a page of art seems to take several days. From all of the comics creators that I have interviewed in Australia the common rate denominator was “a day per page”. I wish! In addition to the use of printmaking as a means of image-making I am doing some drawing. I love this process and the mental spaces it takes me to. I enjoy getting lost in those places that only seem like tw0 or three minutes but are actually closer to twenty.
The story is set in Sydney when my Doctor Comics alias character is older than I am now but contains flashes backward to earlier times. It’s been fun trying to imagine what I shall look like then and trying to recall via photos how I appeared when I was in my twenties. In any case as it is both partly autobiographical and partly fictitious, the character doesn’t look exactly like me. I am working on a combined image of the Doctor Comics character and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports relating to 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