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A great month

In January I finished up storyboards on a television show that I was working on for the past year, and I decided it was due time to take a month off from animation work and concentrate full time on drawing comics (more specifically, drawing The Possum!).  Well, my month of being a full time comic artist has come and gone and I can tell you, it was the best month I’ve ever had!  What a treat it was to be able to get up every morning and work on my own work.  When all was said and done, I managed to finish an 8 page Possum story for Indie Comics Magazine #2, a 4 page, full colour Possum story for The Feathertale Review #7, and 2 pages shy of inking the remaining 16 or so pages of Possum #5!  I was hoping to get issue #5 finished in it’s entirety, but with the short Possum stories that I did, it just wasn’t possible, but I’m really happy with the way the shorts turned out.

The Possum in "Go West" for The Feathertale Review #7

The Possum in "Go West" for The Feathertale Review #7

I’ve been really inspired by the likes of Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Dave Sim (Cerebus) and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) for the sheer volume of work and dedication that has gone into reaching 100+ issues of their own comic book.  My goal as I was completing the first issue of The Possum was to make it to issue #10, but as I’m nearing completion of issue #5 I’m seeing so many possibilities with where I’d like to take these characters and so many story arcs that I’d like to get to one day, that I’m thinking that I have to start thinking bigger.  Why not dream big, eh?  Issue #10 is still a goal of mine, but what I’d really like to be doing is making these comics when I’m 80 years old.  Judging by my last month, working full time on my own comics, I’d be a happy man if I could wake up every morning, have a coffee, and draw The Possum until my wife calls me up from my studio and tells me it’s time for bed.  (of course, visits from my kids will have to be in there too).   Here’s hoping for issue #100 and more!

The Possum in "Monkey See, Monkey Kill!" for Indie Comics Magazine #2

The Possum in "Monkey See, Monkey Kill!" for Indie Comics Magazine #2

By |2018-05-25T03:50:38+00:00February 26th, 2011|rants, The Possum|6 Comments

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  1. w February 27, 2011 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Blair! Congratulations! I’m jealous – I had a month off, but I spent it doing paperwork, taxes and phone calls.

    I don’t understand why no one has approached you about tricking the Possum into a creator-owned cartoon. It’s awesome!

  2. Blair Kitchen February 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Warren! I guess, technically I was doing paperwork (or maybe it was illustration board work)…….. I also talked on the phone a couple times during the month! Taxes though….. you’ve got me beat on that one. I usually leave those until the last possible minute.

    Good luck on your adventures to New York!! I’m really happy for you, and I hope it turns out to be a blast!! I’ll be calling you when production starts on the Possum movie though, so don’t get too comfortable!!

  3. jamie February 28, 2011 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Blair, i totally understand how you feel! Your output and dedication are inspirational. If anyone can hit the 100 mark it would be you!

  4. Javier February 28, 2011 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Blair

    That color page looks BEAUTIFUL!! Possum in color seems so, so natural. And I love those huge grins on the guy’s faces in the third panel. A mxiture of earnestness and teenage glee!

    Have you ever read any Gilbert Shelton? FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS and WONDER WART-HOG. Your figures remind me of that type of loose, funny caricature he excels at. Bought some WONDER WART-HOG last year and fell in love with the man’s work.

    In addition to the 100 issues of the Possum, I’m also going to request Annuals and spin-off series. Howzabout a couple of Treasury Size comics, too?

    Well, don’t just sit there and read this with disbelief, man, get working on all that stuff!!

  5. Blair Kitchen March 1, 2011 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Thanks guys. I wish I was faster at getting this stuff drawn and published.

    Javier: I’ve read a couple of Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comics, but only after a friend of mine said my stuff looked like it. I found a few issues in a comic bin and bought them and thought they were great. I haven’t heard of Wonder Wart-Hog, but I’ll have to check it out!

    I’ll have to talk to Mike about getting a Treasury Sized comic done for you….. We’ve got the thing plotted already! (Just need to find time to script and draw the darn thing).

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