Notes: Ok, this thing is remarkably better than when I first wrote it. I actually had finished
inking more than half of it when I suddenly became more than a little discontent with the first
version, so after finding that tinkering wasn't working I tossed the whole idea and started again
from square one.
Turns out that was a pretty good idea. After I got myself to stop trying to do the original again, only better, things got remarkably easier. It's strange how sitting in a diner at 2 in the morning can start your ideas flowing. I don't know. To be cliched, I found it all very zen. It's late. I'm not the only person, but I'm pretty much assured a constantly full water glass, and the food isn't anything exciting, but it is there, and I'm scribbling furiously in my note book just what I want the comic to do, scribbling it out and replacing it with different priorities and writing random things on paper to see how they might work as lines. It was possibly the most focused I've ever been on the comic outside of a classroom situation. It was nice, surprisingly so considering I was disappointed at first there was no one I could go to the diner with. (I mean is it me or is it that during thanksgiving break after midnight, people just aren't around on a college campus. What kind of world am I living in?)
Getting back, I essentially started at three in the morning. Surprisingly, this was much lower stress than I might have imagined. I actually had fun drawing this, and Jimmy looks nifty, albeit in different ways in panels 4, 5, and 7. Yeah, in 5 and 7 I used a technique I call drawing by feel. Essentially I discard all notion of what it should look like when I end and just sort of randomly do lines and let it come out. "I want Jimmy looking distressed in this panel" followed by frantic drawing. Not the neatest way to make a picture, but it does add a nice texture to him that fits the mood.
All in all, I'm surprisingly happy with it. Especially with the pun of sorts that unexpectedly crept into the first panel.