If you’ve ever had a chance to look at cartoonists original pages you can see the process. You see tons of white out, there are pencil marks that have been erased, there are notes in the margins, and you do all that stuff in the effort so that in the final finished product—the book you hold in your hands—all that stuff is invisible. […] That’s a little bit of crazy right there.
– John Porcellino in a very short interview published at Indiana Public Media.
Riffing on that, with no reflection on Porcellino’s work: That “ton of whiteout”, erasure, drawing at larger-than-print size, and cleanup for print is exactly what I wanted to let go of when I moved on to publishing sketchbook work around 2009. The load of tricks and stunts pulled to transform your artwork into a gestalt of “proper comics” eventually kill the wild bacterium of a drawing you first put down.
Searching through the archives just now for an appropriate link, it looks like I never did write a post about that “ideal comics style” – that is, how we imagine comics (should) look – which the different mainstreams regurgitate to this day, and which essentially springs from early to mid-20th century commercial illustration. I guess that’s one for 2017, then, but now at least you should have a gist of what I meant to write…