Or Comically Difficult (a continuation of a thought).
If you didn’t already know, I’ve been putting together a Batman fan-fiction comic book. It’s consumed much of my time over the last several months, and in a way I regret ever starting it. For no real reason other than the amount of work it takes to produce a single issue (about three weeks, at 5 hours a day). Some days, I find myself avoiding working on the comic all together.
So why do it at all if it’s such a struggle? To prove I can stick to a long term project? Because artists enjoy torturing themselves?
It’s strange to find myself so involved in something like this. I’ve mentioned before that I really don’t do fan-fiction. See, I have this belief about fanaticism and idolization. When you place something on that pedestal, you’re drawn towards replication, rather than originality. You become obsessed with mimicking and holding to some imagined code of similarity.
So I try not to become too much of a fan of anything. Everything has its flaws, everything can be improved. It’s this thought process that I think allowed me to start Lost Son of Gotham. But has the creation of this comic book gone too far? The time spent, the headaches and frustration. And now I’m considering working on a full length graphic novel.
As you can see, I can’t keep myself from going too big. The production value I intend for this graphic novel, far exceeds what I’ve done before. Am I burying myself too deep? Is this too big of a project to accomplish in the time frame I want? Because, this is intended as a prequel to the a novel that I want to release this winter. Or am I adding another challenge to keep me occupied? There’s no real reason it has to be released before the novel, not really… (I keep trying to tell myself that).
For an artist like me, fan-fiction is a dangerous addiction. I’m admittedly arrogant, so when I see my stories compared to the actual licensed ones, I think, of course mine is better. I recently finished reading Superman: Red Son. It was kind of poorly written. The art was better than mine, but the story… not so much.
And then I start looking at all these other things I love. All these characters and worlds that could do with my touch. So I have to close my eyes for a second, take a breath and focus.
That is until I get an email from Amazon. Did you know that own the license rights to several fictional worlds, and seek out fan-fiction? Check it out here!
I’m seriously thinking about writing a GI Joe story, because if there’s one thing I know in and out, it’s the Joes.