Wanna know where the concept for Inktober came from? Maybe you wanna know how to harness the power of social media for business? Perhaps you’d like to reminisce about the awesomeness of newspaper comics (strips) particularly Calvin and Hobbes? Frankly, we could all use a reminder that Bill Watterson’s greatness.
Either way, look no further than our interview with Mr. Jake Parker. Inktober is only a slice of the story, my friends.
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Jake has a way of demanding respect for comics. He fell in love with comics thanks to a local circle K and, of course, the Sunday strip. He began creating comics himself in high school after taking in the medium for years. His passion reminds us that comics can and do stand alone as a powerful megaphone in storytelling. Reading a comic feels a bit like traveling in a time machine. As Jake would say, fans of comics have to work a little bit harder to make the magic work. This means an attention to detail that exists in a world all its own. Readers get to peel over their favorite comics time and time again extracting intimate details that a moving film doesn’t always have the patience for. As a result, there will be ears and eyes for comics now and forever.
Social media is all about finding your tribe. You grow your tribe simply by doing what you say you’re going to do. It means being honest about what’s driving you whether it’s making an impact or making dollars. His social media success comes from experimentation with a hint of vulnerability. It’s amazing what can happen when you encourage a world of digital artists to draw and ink something every single day for 31 days all because you want to get better at it. Thanks to the art blog Drawn.CA for picking up on the value of this contest. All that aside, the firecracker/lawnmower story alone is the best nugget of social media success advice I’ve heard in a really long time. The best nugget overall though- how an indie comic creator can siphon some DC and Marvels over to our side of the fence.
Missile Mouse by Jake Parker
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Hellboy by Mike Mignola
Sky Heart- www.skyheartcomic.com
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