Thursday, 5 January 2012

Success With Glamourpuss

Reproduction of panel from The Heart of Juliet Jones by Stan Drake (7 August 1956)
Glamourpuss #19 (May 2011)
Art by Dave Sim

(from the QRD interview with Dave Sim, February 2011)
...glamourpuss [sells] around 2,700 copies every other month...

(from Now I'll Ask You One... With The Kitchen Bros, April 2011) idea of success with Glamourpuss is really just being able to keep doing it. I'm reading Howard Chaykin: Conversations right now from University Press of Mississippi (which I got because they printed my interview with Howard from 1974 -- the earliest one in the book. So props for my 18-year-old-self for that!) and he mentions a couple of times that he's working in a field where the audience wants big muscle-bound guys beating each other up and he wants to draw a pretty girl talking on the telephone. That's it exactly. There's really no experience like flipping through Harper's Bazaar and Vogue and hitting The Right Photograph that just hits that same hot button with Al Williamson blond hair, Stan Drake eye make-up, Alex Raymond horizontal stripes, Neal Adams leather textures or whatever it is. I GET TO do this picture! ME! I GET TO! And then being able to read and re-read and re-re-read something like the May to September '56 Heart Of Juliet Jones 'Larry and Andy Hone' sequence both for the unconscious foreshadowing of the car accident and re-creating Stan Drake's panels. Yesterday was the August 7 third panel which is basically a landscape and a car with all of the detail filled in to black or just GONE. Putting that side-by-side with a 1960 photocopy from Syracuse University with the same mid-afternoon outdoor light patterns and shadows. And working huge: 250% of the printed size. Took most of Wednesday and a good part of Thursday. Never want to do it again but there it is. I did it! Me! It's very peculiar, no one wants to talk about these guys, no one wants to work in their styles in black and white...

Back issues of Glamourpuss are always available from ComiXpress.

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