One Cut of the Dead
- Seen on The Last Drive-In
It’s a zombie movie that is filmed in a single take. Keep watching, though… A very very fun movie, and Joe Bob’s speech at the end of the episode about “aspiring” filmmakers was wonderful.
Update: Here’s the speech. Watch it. I am no longer an “aspiring” cartoonist. Fuck aspiring.
Translated for the comic artist like myself
Putting in your best hours – your morning hours – on your personal projects is the way I’ve always done it. Even if it’s story grooming for my comic, that sets me up for all the other stuff in the future.
I helped to build what was, at the time, the most widely used webcomic publishing platform for WordPress, and it enabled a lot of folks to get a lot of comics out there, and I"m sure some of them went on to big things. It’s still that easy to publish, either on a hosted platform or on your own setup.
After doing comics for a very very long time, if your goal is to get picked up by a big company, it’s way better to publish lots and lots of your own very unique stuff. You can’t control the zeitgeist, but you can keep honing your craft. And maybe the zeitgeist will never see you. At least you’ll have fun along the ride.
I, personally, am self-publish-‘til-I-die, but who knows what the future will bring…
Software is free or damn cheap. Inkscape just release 1.0 after many many years, and Krita is hands down my favorite illustration software. Even Autodesk Sketchbook is free on Android, and I’ll only switch away if it fails to work on newer Android, or until Krita is ported. Heck, Procreate is $10 and I would buy an iPad only to use this software. It’s that good.
“Be prepared to fall on your face” has always been a challenge for me. I’ll be addressing that pretty directly in Rabbit with 1000 Repos. However, I’ve fallen on my face so, so many times during my comic career that, at this point, I’ll try just about anything to get you to read my stuff. I don’t care anymore. Always be plugging.
“You fail, until you don’t.”