My Convention Sketchbook 2003-2013 #07 James Kochalka

I remember how inspired I was as a comics reader, and artist, after reading James Kochalka’s The Horrible Truth About Comics, published by Alternative Comics in 1999.  It read like a sort of throwing down of the gauntlet for creative people to stop making excuses, stop being scared, and just draw a comic, or pursue a passion, even if “failure” was imminent.  That comic seems to me to be a perfect anthem for much of the daring, and unconventional work that has emerged out of the small press scene the last 15 years or so.  James Kochalka was kind enough to draw me this full sized image of his American Elf comics alter ego in 2004 at the Top Shelf booth at SDCC.

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