It’s about that time of year again. And I’m not referring to Christmas. My annual subscriptions need renewed for the British comic weekly “2000 AD” and the monthly “Judge Dredd Megazine”.
Both have provided enjoyment for many years, though the exchange rate against the United States dollar did interrupt my reading a few years back. I’m glad to have these futuristic, often dystopian tales back in my life, especially when we got the joy of seeing talented actor Karl Urban bring Ol’ Stoney Face to the big screen. Dredd’s U.S. popularity is soaring, too. Hurray!
Besides the graphic stories, features I appreciate in the “Megazine” are artists’ interviews. They provide interesting insight. The last issue was no exception. One particular thing the illustrator mentioned stood out to me, too, prompting this essay.
During this so-called interrogation titled “The Anarch-Tist”, artist Warwick Cadwell lauds the internet for allowing him to connect with fans as well as other artists. The man even credits others’ blogs with aiding his career.
But he also warns us. In his own words, “If you’re not careful, you can spend all your time on Twitter talking about what pen you should be using rather than getting on with any actual drawing!”
These are words we should all take to heart. Whatever our preferred medium, we cannot produce art if we spend all our time discussing it. And we have all know the infinite number of internet distractions, whether they parade as research or networking or we’re just fattening up Sushi Cat (thanks, Armor Games, for swallowing so many afternoons).
Having noted Mr. Cadwell’s wisdom, I’d best post this now and get back to my novel. Cheers!