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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Look, Ma! I'm Writin'!

I've had a pretty decent week, productivity-wise, having nailed down the plot for the final issue of the Muppet Show: On the Road story arc, finished writing the first issue, completely scripted the second issue, started writing the third, and written the first three weeks of the re-started Mugwhump the Great strip. And I've drawn stuff-all!

I've discovered something -- I get cross and irritable when I write all day. I don't know if it's the act of writing so much as the fact of not drawing that's doing it. I know I can't take holidays without climbing the walls after a day or two unless I have something to draw, so I suspect it's related. That said, writing is such an immersive experience that it almost hurts to be interrupted, and I suspect that has something to do with it as well. I normally just write in the early mornings, when being interrupted isn't an issue, but the Muppet scripts were way behind and I needed to catch up.

Anyway. Almost caught up. Then it'll just be back to early mornings for a bit, drawing the rest of the day, and my family will like me again. As much as they usually do, anyway.



It lives! Dean Haspiel with the ACT-I-VATE PRIMER. With Mugwhump starting up again soon, it's impeccable timing.

7 comments:

  1. Can't wait for ACT-I-VATE PRIMER! Will find it in the US in a month if not here.

    Just to confirm (y'know... it's important...), the main Muppet Show storylines will have artwork by your fine selve, right? Other artists are just for fill-ins or suchlike?

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  2. Oh, yeah, I'm still the regular ink-wrangler. I just need a bit of a lie down every once in a while.

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  3. Oh for sure, I can imagine! As you mentioned, nobody else tries to write, pencil AND ink a monthly comic. We are grateful for your insanity.

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  4. Mugwump starting again? Awesome!

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  5. Oh yes. And while I've got your attention, the Monkey Mod theme song sounds just enough like the Jam to be damn near perfect.

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  6. So glad to hear about Mugwhump coming back! And having seen the AIV Primer, I can say that the Mugwhump story is a highlight in a book chock full of them.

    -Jim D.

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  7. That comment about the JAM just made my day!

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Eisner and Harvey Award-winning cartoonist responsible for The Muppet Show Comic Book, Thor the Mighty Avenger, Snarked! and Fred the Clown. Would like to save the world through comics.