The magic of making comics
Hi, everyone. This is Pablo Callejo, writting from Spain. I’m happy to be here, and I would thank Terry Nantier for hosting me at his virtual home.
First at all, let me tell you that I’m a self-taught English speaker, so please excuse my horrible way of writting.
Now, on the subject: Pepo Pérez, a great spanish illustrator and cartoonist, besides a serious comics theoretician (www.pepoperez.com) said a few days ago, in his blog “Es Muy de Cómic” that, when one of his books is released and the people starts to buy it, it’s like the book isn’t a creation of him anymore. At that moment, it isn’t “his book”, but the people’s book, following his own way.
I can’t agree more with that, and, in my opinion, there are two moments which marks the “goodbay farewell” moment: the first one, is when you go to the Postal Office with the CD containing the full art, into an envelopment ready to send it to the Publisher. After a lot of effort, months (or three years, in the case of “The Year of Loving Dangerously”) of discounting sleeping time to draw, finally you breath and think “Ok, here you go!” (actually, this is not the end of the work, since there are always a lot of minor corrections and changes).
And the second and definitive one, is when the Postman knocks your door, and says “MAIL FROM AMERICA!!” and you get this:
Believe me, the moment you open the box and take the first book in your hands, is magic. Then, looking at the paper, smelling the inks, is when you feel that’s not your “son” anymore. Now, it belongs to the people. Good luck, son, I hope you can make the people happy (they’re going to spend their money in you, so better you do!).
Well, in the strange but not impossible case you’re reading this from Paris (France) or nearby, I’ll be next Friday and Saturday in Mantes-la-Jolie for a small signing tour, in the framework of the Blues Festival “Blues sur Seine”. I love to be in France for signing, french are so… “connaisseurs” and so friendly, it’s always a pleasure to meet them. I’ll post photos.
And, next week, some “making of” about “The Year of Loving Dangerously”.
Thanks. And best regards,