I've had a lot of conversations lately with friends and fellow comic makers about collaboration. How much of a comics creation is work from the writers and from the artists? What are the strengths and disadvantages to making a project from a single creator? I do several projects by myself, but I must admit that the strongest works are coming from my joint projects with Timothy.
The pencilling and inking combination has really been incredible. My layouts and character designs are loose and cartoonish, and Timothy's inks are clean and open. It really makes for a great animated look which is fantastic for an all ages book.
Bouncing ideas off of each other is also a lot of fun, but a tremendous exercise in respect and patience. The plot of a new story is a very fluid thing, and it's easy to get yourself locked into one way to approach a problem. This past week I composed a rough spine of the second volume of Maps. When I began to discuss it with Timothy I saw the issue from whole new perspectives. From different potential settings to pointing out holes in logic, a second pair of eyes is invaluable. The work seems to change in a more than just additive way. This project is becoming greater than the sum of its parts.
- Jon O'Briant