Saturday, February 12, 2011

What next?

With Shayazur ending this month I am thinking a lot about what to do next. It's no secret that I have written and drawn Shayazur ages ago and had a several years long hiatus from the comics field after that. Okay, since 2008 there is Mehr als Kumpels, but that's about a page a month...
Working with the COMIX people on Shayazur has reignited a long hidden desire for producing comics on a regular basis. But what kind of comics? Shayazur feels quite outdated by now, maybe not for the reader, but I feel absolutely unable to pick up things where I left them in 2004. My writing has changed. My drawing style has evolved. And with 37 I have very different interests and ideas about life than in my late twenties.
So what now?
I have played with the idea of doing something dark and realistic. But can I really pull this off? I'm everything but dark and realistic! I'm an incurable optimist and I like bright colors, humor and living life lightly.
I believe that art has the obligation to make people feel better about themselves. What I always loved most about comics was that they drew me into a magical realm where everything felt possible. It's been a long time since I read a comic that actually did this to me (I think it was Bone, and that's years ago).
Okay, I do like my dose of horror and darkness. But I really don't want to spend eight plus hours a day to draw grit and gloominess, violence, guns and slutty women. Let's not even mention the zombie trend, which really says more about our society than about the originality of today's comics.
So... where's my place in all that? Is there a place? Am I good enough?
Actually, I'm not sure. But since it's not likely to earn a lot of money with comics anyway, not even by running after a trend, I might as well do what I want and have fun with it. I think that's a thought to keep in mind...

To be continued

2 comments:

  1. Oh well, that's exactly the same problem I'm having here right now.
    You shouldn't worry about whether you're good enough. You will be. And your style will evolve during the project, finding its own voice.
    And I think that's the most important part.
    Your optimistic attitude can transfer in a dark project as well. There don't have to be slutty girls if you don't like them, there don't have to be zombies, there doesn't have to be a pessimistic world view. There can be humour! Why not? Don't limit yourself just because you think there might be some "genre rules". Find out what kind of horror, dark stories you like the best. Maybe it's more something like "Pan's Labyrinth" than "Saw"?
    I'd like to read a "darker" story by Christian Turk!:)

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  2. Thanks for the comment, Sarah! My first one! :-)
    I think the worries will end when I have decided on a project. It's always that "in between things" feeling. In the end, I'll be fed up with it and just do something.
    Finding one's own voice is indeed the most important task!

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