The Art of Comic Books
I've always been a fan of comic artists, even though I never really got into reading them, personally. I used to think that "comic books" were for nerds. I envisioned in my mind the only people who read comic books were the kind of people who sat alone, reading. Now, I never thought there was anything wrong with that lifestyle, I just thought it wasn't for me. I had no idea how wrong I was, and it would take me a long time to finally realize.
The first comic book I ever read from front to back was actually "The Umbrella Academy" written by Gerard Way, and illustrated by Gabriel Ba. It was an interesting concept that, I'd say, was basically about misfit superheroes. But, it didn't draw me into the wonderful world of comics. It was brilliant, don't get me wrong. But, I guess it wasn't enough. I was pulled in when I started noticing the mainstream appeal. For example, when shows like The Big Bang Theory popularized the beauty of being a nerd. That was when I noticed a change in trends. Then, I noticed comic books were gaining mainstream attention. I couldn't help but grow curious.
So I started looking up comic writers and artists. I read about the art, and how much work goes into each book. I looked through my brother's collection and admired the beauty on the pages. Then, I found an art book by one of the artists. In it were rough sketches and original character designs. That caught my attention more than anything. I liked being to see the drawings that the artists pitched. The scripts they wrote before hand. I liked to see the process before I saw the finished piece. This has because a major point of interest for me, and opened my eyes to a new appreciation for this form of art.
What has made this all possible, for someone who might have no interest otherwise?
Social Media. For example, there are comic strips like vaguernotions, RubyETC, kateordie, and Sophie's own sparkleyassbitch that are showcased on Tumblr. Artists like Andy Belanger (andybelanger) and Becky Cloonan (beckycloonan) use the Instagram platform to share rough drafts of their work. Or teasers of upcoming projects. Twitter seems popular for artists like Marguerite Bennett (EvilMarguerite) and Tommy Lee Edwards (tommyleeedwards) to share their comic related news. Then, Patreon has launched to help all artists earn funds, and recognition, for the work they do.
If you haven't given the art of comic books a chance, I highly recommend you do. I used to think it was all about superheroes, myself. But, through this adventure, I've seen that comics cover all kinds of different subjects. Some of which are simple, mundane, and relative to very day situations. At the end of the day, I had a biased opinion that held me back from this amazing world. I'm looking forward to exploring it now!