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Household Differences

In the past, Koreans would place small fires under the sides of their homes.  This in turn would heat the wood floors and keep them warm.

In present day that method of heating a room is similar, albeit without small dangerous fires under their buildings. But the same effect is had. Heating rooms thru the floorboards instead of blasting heat into the air as we do in the west, where we dry everything out. It is one of the things Koreans do far better than their western counterparts. 

 

My brother mentioned to me another aspect of Korean culture that is missing here in the west.  Drains in bathrooms. I’m not talking about in the tub or the sink (or if you really consider it- the toilet). This drain is in the center of the room.

It seems weird at first, but think about it.  Bathrooms get disgusting. Sometimes quickly.  It’d be far easier to just hose the room down and have the dirty water go down the drain in the floor.  I brought up this idea to people here in New York and they agreed.  We are doing this wrong when it comes to bathrooms.

Anyways, one scene left to rough before I am done and ready to edit and finalize. Getting pumped.

 

Amsterdam Abortion Drivers

Recently I got back from a small vacation to Barcelona and Lisbon.  I love traveling.  Especially seeing the variations in how people go about their daily lives versus how we do it at home.  For instance, in Amsterdam, a majority  of the public rides bicycles.  They estimated that there are four times as many bicycles as cars there.  And Amsterdam has the only museum in the world that you can bike thru.

Needless to say, crossing the street there can be a chore.  With two lanes of bikes, where people are driving far faster than Americans do, two lanes of cars and two lanes of trams, it looks like a devilish game of frogger.  Even on the small side streets there is heavy bike traffic.   It wouldn’t be surprising to see (or maybe it would be) some people biking while using their phones.

One of the aspects we wanted to focus on with Chewy was the differences between our cultures, Korean and American.  Up top is a recent page I finished.  In it, Chewy and Clint are hashing out the divergence on the birthing process timeline- with Koreans believing the birthing process takes ten months while western cultures clock it at taking nine months.  On top of that, Koreans believe that when you are born you’re already a 1 year old, as you grew for ten months in your mother’s womb. Which sounds strange but when you think about it, is actually true.  You don’t starting aging/growing the second you see the sun.  It beginning when you actually begin, wouldn’t it?  But I guess that is the line we argue about here in the west when it comes to abortion, right? So I’m going to leave you here, and try to stay out of that bike lane if I can.

Creating a Cover

I pretty much finished editing Sacco around April of last year. But because I spent the last 8 years drawing it, I wanted to step away from it for a while.   To try to get fresh eyes to view it.  And before creating a cover for it and turning it into a physical book you could hold. Luckily my brother reached out to me about Chewy Noh, and I threw myself into that to forget about Sacco for a while.

At the end of December I sent my roughs for Chewy to be printed, as a sort of year review of what I accomplished,  and I sent a version of Sacco too.

When I received them back I read through Sacco. I was amazed by how much I could forget about something that I worked such long hours on.  Those long hours usually came in the middle of the night or entire weekends.

So I felt I needed to start working on a cover. I should start by saying I am not a fan of designing covers. I’ve seen really good ones. And bad ones.  And for as many pages that I’ve drawn, and as many single illustrations that I’ve drawn– book covers are rarely one of them.

Below are a few graphic novels I like, however not all of their covers I think are great. Some show elements of the story, even if they are minor elements, and then others, nothing at all.  You could say that most have a pretty centered image,  but is that necessary for a good cover?  

In the past, comic book covers used to be similar to the inside of the issue.  They’d mirror a comic panel, some possibly with word balloons or thought balloons that pointed towards the story in a dramatic or funny fashion.  It looked like they took a cell from the book and slapped the title on top and that was it. (and from the examples I cherrypicked below,  pillows are a big theme).

However modern day cover are like my favorite graphic novels, Blankets, Scott Pilgrim and Watchmen.  They have central figures (usually humans) with hints of the plot (possibly) in the background or foreground.

So the below image is what I would use when I sent roughs or uncompleted parts of Sacco to the printers.  Largely, because I didn’t care about the cover.  I wanted to see how the inside looked when printed and for editing purposes.

But I still liked this image of Cari Air and so I decided to use it as the central image of the cover.  I came up with a few ideas, good and bad.  And chose the rough below as my template.

Again, it had elements pointing to the plot.  And there was a theme by having US currency references built into it.

And to a point, I felt there was certain energy in the image.

I sent it off to the printers and should see how it worked out soon.

Still working on Chewy though.  (image up top)

Chewy Noh vs Sacco

My process from start to finish of Sacco took close to 9 years of drawing. I am attempting to be much faster on Chewy Noh.  One element I am correcting is creating roughs for the entire book before finishing any page to completion.

So far I am 130 pages in (of roughs) with, hopefully, not too much more to go.  I started in April 2017 and have completed 3 of 5 chapters.  It’s hard, obviously with a day job and other commitments, to keep a steady pace.  I feel giving myself daily goals has helped me tremendously to meet those long term goals as close to the deadlines I have set for myself.

 

 

 

Long Time No See

 

 

Sorry guys.

It’s been a long time (quite a long time) since my last post. I started focusing on completing Sacco and so the posts became scarce.  I’ve heard the saying “your first graphic novel is used to sell/publish your second graphic novel.” I do know cases where that is true (and not true)- so, yeah, here it is.

I sent samples to publishers and got a decent amount of responses, but all passes. Sacco is not a light story, so it’s understandable that it won’t fit with certain publishers’ image of what they produce.

I am working on Graphic novel number 2: Chewy Noh. This would be considered a YA graphic novel (young adult), and I will have a greater chance of being published than a book about young adults getting killed.

 

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