Denver Comic Con and creativity

I’m tired, but it’s a good tired.

I enjoy attending DCC for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it inspires me to work harder. I enjoy all of the costuming and merchandise and activities, but hearing these artists and writers speak about their work carries with it the effect of making me want to work harder. The panel with Doug TenNapel was particularly enlightening. Due to his candid nature and wonderful storytelling ability he was not only a pleasure to listen to, but a fountain of wisdom on the subject of creativity. He basically reaffirmed what I have suspected for a while, that it’s not an agent-it’s the work. If you do the work, people will find you. Once again it’s not the putter. He also said that comics are the greatest medium for storytelling in the world, siting the fact that film is great, but you can’t do it by yourself. This sentiment really spoke to me, because as I have gone from being a member of a trio to a one man show, I am constantly looking at projects through the lens of “can I do this by myself?”. Comics do seem to be the best medium for DIY storytelling that we’ve created. You can be as cinematic as you want, multiple camera setups, special effects and multiple performers all for the price of imagination, a drawing utensil and paper. As I’m diversifying between videos and writing, there may be no reason I couldn’t try a comic…well scheduling would be a reason. But maybe a comic project might be a way for me to get some of the film ideas I’ve had forever, out of my brain.

I would love to get a booth for next year and be able to introduce people to my work, but since Victorian Cut-out Theatre seems to exist in a no man’s land between video and comics. But it has managed to find an audience, due in no small part to Cinevore’s wonderful marketing. And while I adore seeing the comments on my videos, I would enjoy the chance to talk to people face to face.
New Victorian Cut-out Theatre episodes are in the works, and I’m trying to figure out the best way to schedule them. Do I post as they are created (one a month) or take four months off and develop several to lighten the load down the road? I’ll have to give this some thought, but for now, I’m leaning toward the latter.

With family obligations and personal loose ends to tie up, these next few weeks will likely be as action packed and I will be forced to grab spare moments whenever possible to do the creative stuff. It'll get done, but I may be a tad frazzled by the end of it.

Take care,

-Rob