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This week’s question comes from Beau Rossel and is as follows:-

“What do you find to be the best part of your creative process when writing/drawing/inking/lettering/colouring/etc your work? Your least favourite part?”


Roberta Gregory:

My least favorite part of creating WAS when Naughty Bits was still around: for the later issues, I would usually come up with a Bitchy story idea for the issue being solicited, then about a month or so later, have to actually write the story. Sometimes it would just not be there until almost too late to draw it. I would end up having to drop whatever ongoing project I was working on and write and draw a Bitchy story. Bitchy stories thrive on spontaneity, NOT having to be cranked out on deadline. I don’t know why it was, but the last several issues felt like they intruded into my creative schedule. I wanted to keep the issues rather self-contained since the issues were not coming out very often, but I was always happier when I had a very long storyline to work along on over the issues. I am a novelist at heart rather than a short-story writer. In the best of times, my writing just flows along, but these stories, apart from the earlier Bitchy stories, or other projects, felt like hard work. I do have a long Bitchy story I am just eager to write, for a possible graphic novel, but do not have time at the moment. The best part of the creative process is when a story just appears somewhere in my head and I write it down and it is wonderful and holds up to many re-readings. At this time writing feels like magic.

My second least-favorite part is beginning the penciling, especially if I have not been drawing for a while. But my second favorite part is when I start inking. I go through the penciled pages and just ink the main characters, and things just race along!

My third least-favorite part is then having to ink the backgrounds and the interiors and so forth, but then my third-FAVORITE part are the final fill-in-the-blacks and shadings and panel enrichment because by now the work is so portable, I can do it while watching TV on on a train or at a convention or so on, and it feels like I will be done in no time.

Roberta Gregory is the creator of “Bitchy Bitch”, who not only stars in Roberta’s Naughty Bits comic book (ex from Fantagraphics), but also appears on television worldwide in animated adventures, the latest being the “Life’s a Bitch” series on the Oxygen Network.


Vince Moore:

The best part is the process of creating. When I’m writing or drawing, I’m totally into the process.

My least favorite part is working of stuff I’m not into or working when I’m beat. Coffee can only keep me going so far.

Vince Moore is the editor for DarkStorm Studios, a comics company started by Kevin Grevioux of Underworld fame.


Alonzo Washington:

My favorite part of the creative process is when it all comes together. When the inking, writing, pencils & colors combine to become a comic book expression. It all starts with the writing & designs. Those are the two processes I enjoy the most. However, every piece is very important. I love the entire process. I love making a statement. My comic books are statements on so many levels. The fact that I have been around so long is a statement. So anything I publish is a big middle finger to the mainstream who wish that I would go away. I caused many heart attacks at the San Diego Comic-Con for those people. I love that. ZO Out!Alonzo Washington is the creator of Omega Man and a noted black rights campaigner.


Donna Barr:

Depends on my mood. I get along pretty well with all of them.

Donna Barr has books and original art at www.stinz.com, webcomics at www.moderntales.com, www.girlamatic.com, and has POD at www.booksurge.com Nothing she won’t try, at least once…including writing a column for SBC at this link!


Jesse Leon McCann:

The best part is when I finish something. Coming in a close second is when I have a stumbling block, and suddenly the solution hits me like a bolt from the blue. In third place is when a check comes in the mail.

Least favorite is when I have to jump right into a new project the second I’m done with the previous one. This seems to be my constant state of being now, which I cannot regret since I worked so hard to get here. But I tell ya, it was sure great taking off six days to go to the San Diego Con recently!

Jesse Leon McCann is a New York Times Best-selling Author. He’s currently editing the fourth Simpsons TV Episode Guide for Bongo Comics/Harper Perennial, and writing stories for DC Comics’ Looney Tunes and Cartoon Cartoons.


Kwanza Osajyefo:

As a writer… the research is my favorite part. You learn a lot of crap you normally would not bother with. Science, physics, geography, anything that helps make your story more engaging and believable.

And learning all those obscure facts make you a beast at Trivial Pursuit.

Kwanza Osajyefo is the founder of funkyComics, home to Jim’s Ninja and a number of other forthcoming comic book properties.


Brandon Thomas:

The best part of the entire process for me has to be the “idea stage,” that frantic stage in the game where the story, and the characters, and the dialogue are putting themselves together in your head, and the whole thing just feels so important. It’s impossible to describe, but it’s like having this entire little world with its own climate and pace trapped in your head, and no one knows about it but you. But your job is let people into it, which brings me to my least favorite part…pitching this little world to someone that might be too busy to properly appreciate the extensive thought that went into its creation. Every book is someone’s baby to some degree, and whether or not a audience ever responds to it, sometimes you have to step back, and appreciate that for what it is.

Brandon Thomas is one of the writers of Spider-Man Unlimited #3, scripter of Youngblood, creator of Cross and long-time Ambidextrous columnist.


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