During last week’s round-table discussion at Doujicon (see post below), I noticed that all of us that are trying to 'do' something with our work seemed to agree that producing comics to a professional standard (in both content & physical form) is a must for our work to succeed in the marketplace.
From this, I also began to realize how that same ‘head-strong’ pride in one’s work can (and I argue should) spill over into the types of stories that one produces. All too often (with the best of intentions) people might attempt to calculate what will work as a story, rather than just create a story that they themselves would want to read. As cliché as it sounds, the idea of doing it for ‘yourself’ (first and foremost) is, in my view, the best use of your time and enthusiasm.
I think Chris Ware said it best: