Between CAB and Expozine, I’ve occasionally had to draw my Dailies in public over the past two weeks. I’d much rather do this in private but, like public urination, sometimes you don’t get a choice.
I thought I’d take this chance to answer some of the questions that come up when people see me drawing these things. I hope this is helpful, or at least mildly distracting to someone:
Those are small. Why are they so small?
The Dailies are currently drawn at approximately 11.7cm x 4.6cm. When I still used Moleskine notebooks, the comics were slightly smaller. I went with a small size partially because I figured if I was going to carry a sketchbook everywhere for the rest of my life, I wanted it to be a convenient size. Also, the thought of drawing a small daily comic with little room for extraneous details seemed much less intimidating.
The nice side benefit of this is that it forced me to learn how to draw clearer comics. With such limited space, only the important details will fit in the panel, usually.
Why don’t you post new comics as soon as you finish them instead of uploading them to your site once a week?
I find it easier to scan and colour a week’s worth of comics at once. This project started as an exercise to force myself to draw comics every day, and I’ve tried to maintain that mentality even though the readership has grown to be more than just me and my wife. If I’ve at least pushed ink around in four little boxes, I’m happy.
Of course, with tumblr, I post a strip from the previous week every day, so I guess that’s a good compromise.
Have you thought about releasing The Dailies in book form?
Yes, though the economics are a little overwhelming. If there’s a publisher out there who would be willing to spend the money to print a 470 page full-colour book of content that can be found online for free, I’m game. That said, shopping this around isn’t a priority for me right now. Maybe there will be some kind of special edition when I’m ninety years old and homeless.
I don’t get some of these?
Not all of them have something to get. Don’t worry. You’ll be okay.
If there’s anything you’ve been wondering about that I didn’t cover here, please don’t hesitate to ask.