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I liken the comic book making business to the life of a donut.

Allow me to explain.

Unless you're a baker, I doubt you're going to make a good donut your first time out. I mean it sounds simple enough. A donut. But it's not. When was the last time your mother made you a donut? "I know, I'll bake some donuts and bring them to the party...!" Not a lot of people can make donuts, or good ones at least. So I assume it takes some practice. Some care. Just like making a decent comic book.

So you practice and train yourself and you get to a point in your donut making expertise that you decide to make one for public consumption. You gather the ingredients. You prep your kitchen. You set the oven temperature. You get your donut ducks in order. Once it's all nice and heated you want people to enjoy it -so you proudly display that tasty tire on a pretty shelf. Probably next to a bunch of other carefully crafted donuts. Finally someone buys that little fella and chews it up. Maybe they were just hungry and gobbled it down. But maybe they snapped a picture of it with their cellphone and posted your glorious creation for all the world to see. Maybe even wrote a Tweet about how delightful it was. But then they ate it.

Now the shelf is empty again.

No one remembers that donut. Few people are discussing that donut.

Creating a donut that leaves people still talking after consuming it is no easy task I imagine.

I guess that's why there are so few comic books that stand the test of time. I still talk about Frank Miller's Dark Knight and his Daredevil run, Walter Simonson's Thor run. Claremont and Byrne's X-Men. Barry Winsor Smith's Weapon X. Buscema's Conan, Neal Adam's Batman, Moore and Gibbon's Watchmen. Arthur Adams' X-Men annuals and Michael Golden's insane cover run.

Those are some tasty donuts.
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Seven057 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student
i will take a half dozen dan panosian(s) and a cup of joe (kubert). excellent words indeed--thanks once again dan! :)
renonevada Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
On topic of some tasty donuts, Stranger in Paradise and Y- The Last Man are some really tasty donuts. If only I could bake like them.
RichardPace Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Donut's are so passée.  It's all about the cronut now.

Moriadat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I've eaten every one of those donuts you mentioned; each were memorably delicious.

I'm currently making free donuts for some-one else, but there's only a couple left to do. Then I plan to revise an enhance my own 150-page donut for release on Comixology. Hopefully some-one else out there will like my sprinkles.
kevoski17 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Excellent analogy
mollycoffee Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
JCoelho Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional
augustustodopoderoso Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Smart analogy, Dan. I see comic book artists more as craftmans rather than "artists" per se.
All this donut talking made me hungry; thanks Dan :)
tygriffin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
So what comic is most like the cronut, the donut that beat them all, that people are lining up for now?
Just think if it was topped with bacon...mmm.
Anyways, back to baking.
Rocky-O Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:clap: well said! I love donuts, and I love comics. I have yet to make a decent donut! :] Thanks for the wise words
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