On “This Will Come Out Sometime” Advice

You have probably seen this a lot.

I guess it’s the nature of artists. Whenever working on a personal project, they’re possibly scared or doubtful to just take the next step and getting it out there. Not bits and pieces, or little teases here and there, but the actual product (either finished or a part of it if it’s a serialized venture).

I’m guessing you see more of this in comics (or maybe *I* see it more because that’s the medium I dwell the most in), people teasing their projects to their followers, showing some character designs, little back stories (or some huge exposition dumps that would work better by weaving them into narrative instead), and, what I think is a new Tumblr thing, these “character building whatever-day-of-the-week” I’ve seen a ton of people do.

Those are fine, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t fly for too long. What’s happening is that you’re making people crave for your stories and keep explaining to them why they will might like it, but without actually showing them why.

And that’s the main point here: Show them, don’t tell them.

Arguably, it took me 8 years to actually start publishing Wyliman, but what do you want from me? I was 13 at the time I created him, and as a matter of fact, a 10 page story was published and showcased at a museum as part of a collaborative effort with other new cartoonists a year after it’s creation, so there. But yeah, it was until late 2005 that I had enough of just drawing pin-ups of him and silly one liners that I decided to finally start working on the stories and show them as soon as I had them.

And holding and keeping my mouth shut about Clink was a bit of torture. I came with the whole “finished” concept on May of last year, and I couldn’t help to open my big fat gob and tell some people at some shows “yeah, I’m working on this thing that will come out early next year“, which, hopefully, they didn’t remember until it was actually online. But I had to hold back. I hate hyping something to people; not because it won’t live to their expectations, but because I hate feeding them bait instead of a nice tasty meal.

I know other life priorities over take the time people have to dedicate to sit and write and draw their stories. And they are super eager to show the world that they are in fact alive and producing. But I know it’s not just me that we’d prefer from these really good storytellers to just hit us in the face with “Here, this is happening now.

Commit, don’t be afraid, and just go for it.

Mario A.~

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