Rehab Exit Interview: Sarah Howell

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1. Briefly describe your experience at comic artist rehab:

Tough but good. It would of been even harder if I hadn’t decided to serialise a story I had already sketched out, but as it was is was hard making myself sit down and do the work, particularly the first 4 installments. After that for some reason it was easier. The first half I keep on getting caught out by the fourth day, but later it was becoming more of a habit and I’d be a bit more forward thinking about other commitments that might interfere.

2. What, if anything, did you learn from the program?

Just sit down and do the work. I know this theoretically and I do it in other areas of my life, but actually pushing through with Comics Rehab has given me an example of actually achieving that persistance with my comics that I can refer to and say “see it works”.

3. Which one of your own comics are you most pleased with and why?

The fifth one (Day Nineteen), not because the art work is any better or worse but because this was the first appearance of the bunny character and the story shifts at this point, picks up pace.

4. Which one of your own comics are you least pleased with and why?

The third one (Day Eleven) was the most rushed, but it still worked ok, so it was a lesson to not be so anal.

5. Do you hope to keep up drawing comics after rehab? If so, how often.

I drew comic journal entries on average once week before Comics Rehab, but Comics Rehab has definitely made me think about doing work that is more polished than my journal work and it has also got me thinking about webcomics. I’m going to go back to the notes I made in the lead up to Comics Rehab and see if there are any ideas that I chickened out on that would work as another series for my own blog.

6. Any suggestions for future rounds?

This round was a big learning curve I think for everyone involved, the mid-round slump was devastating to witness, but made everyone’s return to form even more triumphant. The fact that all of us recovered from our stumble is credit to how Comic Artist Rehab works and the thought Amber has put into it. It will be interesting to see what effect the face-to-face drawing session mid-round in february has on the process.

That was a very roundabout way of saying it works and i don’t think it needs any messing with.

Thank you Ross, John, Miss Helen, Amber and everyone who left comments! Thank you Comic Artist Rehab.

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