Ask me anything
Formspring still exists? I thought they mercy-killed it. While I prefer to keep sketches, Q&A and little thoughts separate, on platforms designed to show them off the best, the ugly beast that is Tumblr has taken over. I'm not entirely fond of it, but I still check it a few times a day, post stuff when I can, and follow the cool folks who adapted faster than I did. It's inelegant, but it's far easier to get folks to follow that as opposed to checking several different websites.
I've already switched the link on the Precocious site to my Tumblr's ask box. (Not that it gets much action.) I may eternally fight internet old man syndrome, but I'll adapt when needed.
Ask box link, if desired: http://chrispco.tumblr.com/ask
Virginia feels like a placeholder now. It's a decent place for trying to get my comics thing off the ground, though. I have more space and less financial pressure here. It's also familiar, as this has been my home address since 1988. Still, it's not a place I want to make a permanent location.
Savannah was never intended as a permanent place either, but it was a MUCH prettier placeholder space! I miss my daily walks, and being able to cover most of my needs during those walks. I miss the warmth. It got brutally hot, of course, but I could get around that by taking morning walks and getting myself on a good schedule. Knowing there's potentially a foot of snow on the way right now... I'll take t-shirt weather. I don't respond well to cold.
I also miss the art energy, and my great comic friends. I have my regrets about moving back early. (It all came about when I misunderstood when my friends were graduating.) Art students tend to leave Savannah upon graduation, but I missed out on six months of that great energy. Even though Intervention was a financial debacle, it was a great reminder of how cool my SCAD friends are! (I do have awesome friends in VA too. Not forgetting them!)
I'm here for a few more years, until the housing market improves, so maybe I should try to make it a solid home. Best option: IMPORT SOME CARTOONISTS! Anyone want to be a minion?
All cartoonists want everything leveled up, of course, but if I'm focusing on immediate results I would want a boost in my inking ability. While I'm using training wheels for versatile linework (fude pens) I am still awful with my control. That's what I fear suffered most with my recent health crunch. In the comic process, inking was where I knew I could shave time and I had to take it to keep on any sort of a schedule. To do it properly, it can't be rushed.
Set aside some cash for upcoming Precocious goodies!
With lots of medical bills and no commission income to offset them - not to mention the usual art supply expenses - I'm hurting. Instead of begging for donations (which will still be accepted, of course - and will count towards color in the upcoming bonus comics) I'm prepping some goodies for Precocious readers to buy. The book is the obvious one, but I hope to soon have a Precocious store up and running, which will make the buying of originals, art cards and other upcoming merchandise much easier.
The book campaign will start soon, with luck. The rest of the stuff is looking like it's coming in the second half of the year. I'm not abandoning my ambitions for this year, but it all did get pushed back a few months thanks to the health issues.
I like to deliver when people give to me, and I intend to do so! But, yeah, "just be patient" with me. A lot of extras I'd usually give you all will have to be scaled back, and the comic itself might be temporarily shifted to something less-stressing on me, if needed. All I can do is beg that people stay with me through the problems. I'm going against medical orders to bring my art to my readers, and I hope that counts for some good karma.
Ask anyone who has ever taken questions via tumblr, and the answer is an emphatic YES.
It's not from the actions of any individual, but stuff adds up quickly and getting a point across visually is far more effective than using words alone.
I love people taking an interest and asking questions/making requests, but it makes me sad if I can't do anything fun with then.
Ivy wasn't the sole victim of the incident. Other adults shared her fate. (Some? All? Non-Sapphire parents? Not telling.)
Maybe I'll put a $1000 tier in book two's kickstarter where the buyer gets to hear the story of what actually went down that day.
Not getting too many requests so far. I'll work with it, but it's always fun to have more options.
I'm not likely to draw a request when I don't know the references. These should take 30 minutes at most, and I don't want to spend a lot of that time doing research. If I expand what I do in the future, I can do fancier pieces, but I can't devote too much time to it now.
I'd say Precocious would work much better as a TV show. The world of Precocious is designed for repeated visits, not one big story.
I'm not familiar with directors/storyboard artists/voice actors in the animation field, so I can't help you there.
As for favorite movies, Fargo and I Heart Hucksbees are my go-to favs. Recently swapped There Will Be Blood into the top tier, bumping back Magnolia. Wet Hot American Summer would round out the top five. Oh, how I want to go on and list more, but that would be too indulgent.
Orange juice. Not much a fan of the others, although grape juice is ok. Drinkable apples should ONLY be cider!
A friend talked me into tabling at Furry Weekend Atlanta, which led to a crazy boot camp of throwing a table setup and portfolio together. It was a mess, but I still got a great response and it was such a surprise - starting me on a strange convention path that may or may not pay off in the long run, but was certainly cool and very enjoyable.
But that's not the moment. One reason I went to FWA was because I hoped to meet Bill Holbrook, as I've admired his work from the early days of On the Fastrack. When I got there, I couldn't find him. That's when someone told me there was a table snafu and Bill wasn't coming. Aww, too bad. I put my head down and went back to drawing.
About 20 minutes later, I hear a voice, "Are you Christopher Paulsen?" I look up, read the man's badge... It's Bill Holbrook. He came after all, and he had sought ME out because he liked MY comic.
Needless to say, I turned into a babbling fanboy. My mind could not process it. Bill was such a good sport, though. He's be so wonderful to me this year, offering advice and even writing the forward to the first Precocious collection.
That was the moment when I felt like I could really do this cartooning thing. I'll never forget that moment. It means so much to me.
The first quarter at SCAD for grad sequential art students is called "intensives" for a reason. I ended up drawing so much, with bad habits gained over time because no one taught me any better, I pushed my hand too far.
My index finger swelled up, which was odd. A day later the swelling started going down, but the pain picked up. My finger looked normal soon, but the pain was intense.
I never found out what was exactly wrong, because my insurance wouldnt pay for me to get the scans I needed. In the end, it took about four months before I could draw properly again without lots of pain. I don't believe it will ever fully heal. I can draw a lot these days, but my work is also simple - that helps me produce more. Sometimes, though, I feel the old pain coming back. That's when l cool it on art for a few days. Usually, I do fine. I just can't overdo it.
Highest-grossing entertainer? I mean, if this would happen it would mean I wouldn't be the destructive crazy, but prolific workaholic crazy! Also, if I am popular, that's WAY better than popularity being wasted on really awful, dumbed down acts. So if I could be super popular, my artistic dreams would come true and the world would have much better taste in media. I want to make clever a seller! Complexity is desirable! Smart writing is better than fan service!
Let's do this, world. I'll meet you in the alternate reality where this is happening.
Oh lord, let's not do this. Internet intelligence wankery is so lame. Yes, we should accentuate our positives, but IQ dick measuring is usually douchey.
I am intelligent. Certified genius! (And not just "gifted.") But here's the thing: IQ is a loose measurement of intelligence, not knowledge, sense or skill. In the end, of those four, intelligence alone is the least valuable. It just means you have a higher ceiling for building skills and acquiring knowledge. (Not even sure it helps in the having good sense department.)
When I took my IQ test, one small section made me very angry. It was glorified trivia. That doesn't measure intelligence, just whether you spent it reading the right stuff. I was asked what the speed of light was. I hadn't had context to use that factoid in a almost a decade at that point, and it was something easily found in external memory - which is more efficient anyway. My answer, by the way, was "C." I should have been given credit for that.
I haven't studied string theory. That doesn't make me dumb. That means I have other interests. Knowing that doesn't make me smarter.
And mocking people for not knowing stuff I spent years of college learning... Yeah, that would make me a douchebag. (I assume you chose string theory for joke potential, but it gave me an opening. The last part is dedicated to a certain group of Internet folks out there.)
My life as a whole is pretty embarrassing. Precocious is about the only thing I do well, and even that's up for debate.
As for any specific moments, I'm not usually noticed enough for any of my many embarrassments to be super impactful.
All cartoonists begin by imitating what they enjoy. That's how they learn the basics and tricks on how to draw what they want. Eventually, their own artistic voice will come through anyway.
It's thrilling to see someone think my ART is good enough to imitate. Blows my mind.
As for someone peddling a similar product, I certainly don't have the market cornered on the Precocious concept. It's a basic idea, and I'd actually be happier if the concept was more popular, as I'd benefit from it.
A chain of inspiration is a wonderful thing. Visually, I was very inspired by Ozy and Millie, and hope that another comic of this spirit will be there to carry the voice when Precocious ends.
In music, I've said that I enjoy music a generation removed from the groundbreakers - these acts carry the heart and perfect the execution, or adapt to keep with the times. Just because something is done once, doesn't meant it can't be done again. And, again, dozens and dozens have done this stuff before me. I'm standing on the shoulders of giants.
Granted, there is a difference between inspiration and ripping someone off - but why would anyone rip me off? My stuff isn't making ME any money, so anyone stealing from me won't do that well. Odds are, if something like Precocious pops up out there, the spirit behind it is positive and good. I hope the artist is cool and wants to talk to me!
My work is what really matters to me, so praise and insults directed towards it means so much more than anyone's opinion of me as a person.
Art is what endures, and you can like and respect a creation even if the artist behind it is a jerk. If someone reads a comic because of the creator, that's cool too, but the measure of impact and quality come from an audience who has no clue who I am as a dude.
I hope people love me on all levels, but I am perfectly content to have a loyal reader with zero interest in me. If you like Precocious more than me, then I am doing a great job. I actually get MORE satisfaction from that than someone saying I'm a pleasant dude.
My cast is large enough already, and if I take the word of two or three commenters to represent the audience as a whole, that would likely lead me to creative and financial ruin.
I can have some in-jokes and continuity nods - you'll see a good one next week, actually - but let it happen naturally.
And if you want a character page that thorough, go build it yourself. It's an insane amount of work to maintain, which is why the current redesign is months overdue.
I'm not sure of what you are asking, but I'll try an answer.
When I first decided to launch Precocious, I created a master file with over a year's worth of story ideas. When mixed in with stories and random gags that came up as I went along, that original document covered what will end up being the first two Precocious books. The Party Crashers arc was the first story attempted withe forging ahead in new territory.
So that's my answer if you were asking about small stories versus larger arcs.
If you are asking if I want to take the kids crime sprees beyond the current mischievous levels, the answer is no. It's funny because, as evil and crazy as the kids can be, they remain kids. They are still innocent in many ways. The threat of a bad grade on a report card can still scare them. Most of their imagined crimes amount to exaggerated childhood pranks. Kid crimes are funny because, even at their worst, there's something precious about them.
My family used to go to Myrtle Beach, SC every year - and those trips usually ended up with us returning with loads of fireworks. I most definitely had lots of fun with THAT form of explosive. I've dabbled in fire as well. (Hey, Winchester is a small town. There's not much else to do!)
As for *real* dangerous explosives, I never messed with them. And I was a goody goody. Sure I detonated the occasional teddy bear bought at Salvation Army, but that's not bad in the grand scheme.