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.
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!