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Follically Challenged Productions Presents:


I promised CWR boss-man Marc Mason that I’d turn in a column this week.

You might think it’s no big deal. I write things for a living, which naturally means that my brain is an ever-flowing font of brilliance that never runs dry. Heck, I probably dismiss more great ideas than the average man will ever have in his lifetime. I just wiggle my fingers in the direction of my laptop, and POOF! Genius takes shape.

That’s not the way it happens. Truthfully, one of the reasons I even agreed to write this column was the lofty hope that it could be comprised of nothing more than interviews with my peers and role models in the comics industry. Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy: I ask the questions, they send the answers, and I never even have to have an original idea. Hell, I don’t even have to wear pants.

But when was the last time you actually saw an interview in this section of the Comics Waiting Room?

Yeah, it’s been a while. I found out very quickly that getting someone to agree to an interview and getting them to actually complete an interview are two entirely different things. Lazy bastards, all of them! I spit upon their haircuts!

What happens, though, when your original intent falls apart? Do you bail out, or do you take a different road?

That’s pretty much what it’s like to be a writer. When one idea fails, you can’t just throw your hands up and say “well, that’s it for me” and move on to a new profession. You either put up or you shut up…and as anyone who knows me will gladly attest, I simply do not possess the ability to shut up.

Granted, the sharing of this bit of writer-ly advice is nothing more than a clever dodge, a sleight-of-hand performance to cover up the fact that I have space to fill and no good ideas for a topic. Perhaps you saw through it immediately, or maybe you’re just realizing it now. Does it matter? Probably not, if you’ve read this far. It won’t take much longer, so go ahead and finish.

(That’s what she said.)

Now that we’ve filled the space appropriately, let me offer up some proof that I am at least perceived as someone capable of imparting wisdom. I’m leading a workshop / seminar on writing and the comics industry next month, and I’d love for you to join me. Here’s the info:

Comic Writing With Brandon Jerwa

November 6, 2008 6:15-7:45 pm

Seattle Public Library - University Branch
5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105

Brandon Jerwa will discuss various facets of the industry and the production of comics -- touching also on the creative process, dealing with licensed properties, the growing role of comics as accepted literature and sources of inspiration for movies, video games, etc., and the changes in media we're facing in the 21st century.

There won’t be any interviews there, either, so it looks like I’m really in trouble! A room full of people is an even more frightening prospect than a blank screen or piece of paper; after all, you can’t leave a room full of people sitting around while you make a sandwich, watch your favorite movie or play with the cats.

Well, I guess you can, but they probably won’t like it very much. Oh, and note to self: you should definitely wear pants when you’re leading this class…

Brandon Jerwa



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