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April 7, 2006

Cartoonist Burnout

A great article on cartoonist burning out. By posting this I am not comparing myself to them or trying to draw any pity. I just found it a really interesting article.

I only do 2 comics a week which take between 2 to 3 hours a piece. I work six days a week and on average work 45-50 hours with another 10 hours of commuting on top of that. I tried doing a comic everyday and that lasted for about a month and a half. If I didn't work Saturday's and abandoned the little TV I watch I could probably keep up the output of a comic a day.

Luckily I haven't suffered any burnout yet. This week I was late posting but I still managed to post on the day I said I was going to. I have a stack of ideas ready to go at the corner of my desk. Sometimes I find it hard to unwind from my day job and be in the right frame of mind to start drawing (that's why I was a little late posting yesterday).

Wiley Miller of Non Sequitur has some great points:

"Heavy lifting is easy, picking up a pencil and paper and being creative is another matter entirely. Don't believe me? Try it.... Then, after you're finished, imagine having to do 364 more of them this year."
"Our deadlines aren't so much immediate as incessant. You know, the sort of thing that makes postal workers come to work with an Uzi one day."

[Link via The Comics Reporter]

Posted by hypnobee at April 7, 2006 3:32 PM

Comments

What is this? A disclaimer! All I want in exchange for my loyalty to your site is new content. It doesn't have to be funny. That article seems like a cop out. No doubt it's hard to come up with new ideas (and I am impressed you have so many ideas thus far), but that article sucks. Don't go that route. You've changed. May the force be with you! What's the beef? Keep on truckin'! Life is a box of chocolates! Two wrongs don't make a right! etc.

Posted by: Bacala at April 8, 2006 9:18 AM

What route am I going?

What's the beef?

So confusing...

Posted by: hypnobee at April 8, 2006 1:07 PM