Don’s Musings

221 B Con

Just a reminder: If you happen to be in the Atlanta, GA area this weekend, I’ll have an art booth at 221 B Con from April 8-10.  We’ll be celebrating all things Sherlock Holmes!  I’ll be selling art prints, books, greeting cards, originals, and other stationary.  Hopefully, I’ll see you there 🙂  For more information on 221 B, such as location and directions, please visit the official website: https://www.221bcon.com

Art Journal- March 16, 2022

The current state of the publishing industry evokes such a sadness.  What options are there for up and coming independent storytellers?  Obviously, in regard to self-publishing, Amazon is an option.  I will find a way to publish my work.  The search for a publisher– if this is my biggest problem, then I’m doing absolutely fine.  But damn it all, folks.  Damn.
                

Art Journal- December 3, 2021

Currently, learning to use Blender… maybe some Sparky figurines will be in the pipeline soon?  There are a few main characters from the Sparky universe that I would like to start out with.  Hard to believe that the holidays are now upon us, as well as the third year of the seemingly never-ending pandemic.  I think that it’s important to continue doing sketches each day, now more than ever, while the world is so chaotic.  On a side note, a few artists have caught my attention as of late, such as Gray Morrow.  I especially love his science fiction and fantasy book covers.    

The World Today (The Next Day)

Briefly, I thought about deleting the post from yesterday.  This morning, however… I think it’s important to leave it.  Most every artist and human being will experience times when he or she feels as if a hopeless struggle is being waged.  My grandmother was a nurse for Ed Dodd, creator and cartoonist of the Mark Trail newspaper strip.  He faced rejection after rejection.  She informed me on several occasions that he came very close to throwing the strip into the trash.  It’s beyond difficult to convince a stranger to care enough to publish your work.  The bottom line is that I’ve written and illustrated work of merit, a 160 page graphic novel, which is very close to my heart.  I believe strongly in it.  There is no doubt that it will be published someway, somehow.   Conversely, it’s an understatement to say that the publishing industry is in a state.  Is Barnes and Noble about to go out of business?  What does it say about the state of the publishing industry to note that a founder of the Savannah College of Art & Design’s sequential department is having to do a Kickstarter to fund his book?  What does it say when Noelle Stevenson, show-runner for a popular animated series like She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, has to seek out alternative means of funding her publications?  It doesn’t say good things, me thinks… regardless, it’s important to document my thoughts here on my blog and share the process… a process that will include highs and lows.  With yesterday being a low, let’s make today a high…     

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