Anonymous asked: Whenever I attempt a more long form comic story, I quickly become disheartened, insecure, and frustrated by it for one reason or another. Does this ever happen to you? If so, how do you deal with negative feelings about the quality of your work?
i have predominantly negative feelings about most of my work, so i just try to make the next thing i do better than the last thing. i feel like it’s important to be dissatisfied with everything you’re working on because it means you’re straining yourself. if things start coming easily to you or you are too much in your comfort zone, you are possibly being boring and drawing something shitty.
so i guess i’m saying, negative feelings about the quality of your work are essential, and you shouldn’t think of them as something you should get rid of. (i don’t know if that is at all helpful.)
i also think you should feel comfortable working on shorter pieces if the long form stuff isn’t coming organically. maybe the long form stuff isn’t for you right now. a lot of my favourite authors exclusively write short fiction …
i find it’s helpful to give myself a lot of room to improvise when working on longer stories (kid mafia, sticks angelica, ant colony, elizabeth of canada, leather space man) so if i ever feel stuck some place, it’s easy to veer off into some other new thing for a while.
also, don’t worry about throwing out stuff that isn’t working, that’s a good thing to do and a good impulse to have. there’s no prize at the finish line for sticking with something you’re only half invested in.