Saturday, May 24, 2014
Judge Parker Process
I have often looked back at Barreto's work on the strip and admired his run. Working on the same job I know now how hard it can be to keep at it every week, year-after-year. Strips are not for everyone, some artists could not handle the amount of consistent work needed and the fact you must try and keep your enthusiasm up---plus you can never ever miss a day in the paper. Woody Wilson, the writer has been working on the strip even longer than me, somewhere near 30 years now, and he also writes Rex Morgan.
The current storyline, the marriage of Randy and April has been going on since the end of 2012 and will be wrapping up in the next few weeks. I figure maybe 2-4 weeks has transpired in that time. I am working on that batch of strips now. Doing the strip is sometimes like working in a vacuum compared to painting. There is some feedback occasionally from real long time fans of the strip, unfortunately the Comics Kingdom message board is not such a place. Its just a den of trolls who seem to derive some pleasure from coming in to piss up Woody's and my leg every day. I don't get it, why waste time of something you don't like? But that is just one of the bad sides of the Internet and they have even published studies on the trolls and said how in real life they are unhappy, sad and bad people. So I suppose their second lives on the web should be no better. I wish King would take off the comments altogether and just post the strips rather than let people egg your house every day. Perception of value is important and I would never let anyone lower that if I could run the board. This is just one example of how fandom has shown it's ugly side in recent months. There was a whole shitbag of cats on message boards as the babymen got upset by some female critics comments on some ugly DC cover and threatened them and harassed them. But then again, what do you expect...this is just how the bad side of social media allows the slippery slopes to be greased with the greasy minds and manners of the babymen.