How did I get here? Amazing Bean has probably been an idea, graphic novel script or concept I’ve been working towards for about three years or so. As a matter of fact, one of the supporting characters was from an idea I created about nine years ago. And after a lot of thought I have now composed the whole idea into a comic strip graphic novel available only as an eComic on Amazon.com. I drew and wrote the graphic novel script for the comic.
This website will serve a few functions related to comic books, strips and reviews of art books as well as comic related DVD’s and graphic novels. The links in each review are links to the item available on Amazon.com. Each link is my affiliate link as well so making a purchase after clicking a link gets me a kick back from Amazon and I appreciate your support.
It was probably the summer of 1990 when I decided I wanted a career in the field of comic books as an illustrator of a graphic novel script. I checked out “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” and spent spring break trying to duplicate as best I could John Buscema’s Dr. Doom. This was before trying to draw a really good graphic novel script. Before this I had probably drew my favorite characters for fun since I could hold a pencil and before I could read a great graphic novel script. There was the Scooby-Doo on the side of drinking cup or all the times I spent drawing Darth Vader in church. I guess that’s ironic! By the time I graduated from high school I decided to focus my efforts on an independent project. After two years and struggling to find a way to support myself I gave myself two choices. One – attend the Art Institute in Seattle or, two – go to a tech school to earn a license to be an aircraft mechanic. Hand’s on technology and machinery were another interest of mine besides art. I felt my best bet was aircraft maintenance. And I don’t regret it. After leaving the Coast Guard and while attend college earning a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering I decided to pick up comic book illustration again and look for the best graphic novel script to draw. I never really quit creating art after deciding to work on airplanes. I just did little odds and ends things like watercolor paintings. However, when I decided to get back into comics I had a new way of looking at the world and I knew a lot more about how I learn. So I decided to approach comics from a perspective I didn’t have when I was younger. I was eager to do whatever it took to make in comics as a kid but I didn’t really know what I needed to learn. When I got back into comic book line art I also had the internet which I didn’t have in the early nineties. And I got as many books as I could get my hands on. Also I decided to focus on one character that I thought I would enjoy drawing professionally. Batman. So I also got as many old and new graphic novels as I could as well as the animated DVD’s DC has put out which reproduce the graphic novel script of some of DC's best graphic novels. In addition to the books and DVDs I also began taking the Joe Kubert’s Correspondence Courses. I’ve done five of the six with critiques and have the sixth one as DVD/Instruction Book only. Now why did I share all this? My reviews on this site will be of the books, DVDs, graphic novels and the Kubert School courses I’ve taken. I’ll also mix in some other graphic novels and DVDs related to comics I’ve bought and liked as well.
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