Posts Tagged ‘Adam Ford’

Round 8 exit interview: Adam Ford

March 3, 2010

1. What were you hoping to get out of rehab? Did you get it?

I guess I was looking to rekindle my confidence in my ability to create new things. I very easily get sucked into the literary equivalent of pushing your food around the plate to make it look more empty: editing and editing poems and never declaring them “finished”, getting zines ready to print but never printing them, stalling everything at the proofreading stage… something like rehab, which forces you to commit to creating new stuff on a regular basis, is the kind of thing that I generally respond well to.

In the end, I had a new 28-panel comic strip that I didn’t have before, and I’m pretty happy with that.

2. What was the most unexpected thing about this round?

I wasn’t expecting Nacho Ravioli, but I’m glad she turned up.

3. What – about your own comics – made you happiest during this round?

The way that I got a feel for drawing the two main characters. They sort of gained more definition re: their visuals every time I drew them. They’re quite well defined in my mind – and on the page – now, as opposed to the sketchy way they appeared when I first thought of them.

The other thing that made me happy was how friendly and encouraging and NICE everyone was in the comments. It really felt like our own little happy comic-loving community.

4. what – about your fellow rehabbers’ comics – made you happiest during this round?

I particularly liked the way people were taking photos of their comics instead of scanning them. There was something scruffy and handmade about that approach that I really liked.

As for fave strips from each of my fellows:

5. Are you rehabilitated now?

Oh I hope so. I have form, though. I may have to come back for another post-relapse round.

6. Where can people see your comics in the future?

Best place to find out what I’m doing creatively (or not doing, as the case may be) is my website:

7. Any suggestions for future rounds?

More photos! More spot colour! What about rounds that are defined by their technique? A crayon round, a texta round, a pencil round, a cut-n-paste round, a vector art round…

Round 8: Day 23

February 23, 2010

I think the colour on this page is Esther’s – she’s one and a half. It was already on the page when I started the comic.

I posted this last night but I wasn’t happy with it, so this morning I snuck into Photoshop and rearranged the panels. I think it’s better now.

Round 8: Day 11 (4 realz)

February 12, 2010

No colour tonight – the daughters are restless and I’m not game to sneak into their room for their textas. Apologies for the delay, too.

Round 8: Day 11 – placeholder

February 12, 2010

Damn, these things come around so quickly! I thought I didn’t have to post a comic until tonight, so here’s a placeholder until I fulfill my rehab obligations later today. Sorry Amber, sorry everyone. Hate to be the first to stumble, but it was mere incompetence and vagueness, not comicker’s block or ennui or fear or anything like that, I promise.

Round 8: Day 7

February 7, 2010

I have no idea how I’m going to land this bird – no idea at all…

Round 8: Day 3

February 3, 2010

Round 08: Reintroducing Adam Ford

January 31, 2010

Hello. It’s nice to be here. Some of my other comics are over here.

Rehab Exit Interview: Adam Ford

March 30, 2008

1. Briefly describe your experience at comic artist rehab

It was a challenge to pick up the pen and paper again, one that I set myself deliberately, but still tried to duck out of. I’m glad I did get back to the pens, though – I’d forgotten how much fun they were.

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

That I actually do like drawing with pens – that’s something I’d forgotten. I also learned something else that I should have already known, which is that the creation of something totally new from scratch is always more satisfying than reworking something old. It sounds obvious when you say it, but it’s still something I tend to forget in the struggle to find creative time around work , social life and parenting.

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

Day twenty-four. I really like Kid Shiva’s declaration, and the pose he’s standing in. I also like how “oh shit” the robot monkey looks. It was fun drawing the other characters really really tiny.

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

I suppose the first one, cos it was done with ‘puters instead of pens, and the deafening silence of its reception told me something I kind of knew but didn’t want to admit – that using computers instead of pens has been kind of a cheat for me – a way to do comics that in some ways avoids the challenge of working pen-to-paper. I also had to admit that maybe the whole vector art thing might be something that doesn’t have as wide an appeal as I might hope.

I’m also not greatly pleased with Day twenty-eight – the way the line weights vary is evidence to me of the photoshopping I used to assemble the middle three panels. If I had had time, I would have redrawn those panels rather than cutting and pasting them.

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

I do hope to do some more comicking, but more than that the lesson I learned about stopping with the procrastinating and actually doing some work is something I’m hoping to apply to my novel, which I’ve been fucking about with for almost ten years now. The creative excitement and motivation I got from Rehab is something I’m hoping to be able to apply to the novel, and to all of my other pending projects across the board.

6. Any suggestions for future rounds?

I reckon the exit interview should also include a question about your favourite strip from other people in your round. So I’ll answer the question as though it already is included.

I liked everyone’s work – the variety of approaches was really great. But for sheer fuckoffitude, Sam’s day one strip was an amazing Spectoresque wall of sound that baffled, amused and intrigued all at once. Totally unexpected and quite, quite thrilling.

Thanks to Sam, Adi and Neal for their great work over the month – you’ve all been an inspiration

Round Five: Day Twenty-Eight

March 27, 2008

Here ’tis. A bit late but there you go. And the dinosaur is still here, it seems. Thanks, comic rehab, for the comickest month I’ve had in a long time!


Round Five: Day Twenty-four

March 23, 2008