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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! :)
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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.
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RichardPace Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Donut's are so passée.  It's all about the cronut now.

~R
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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.
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kevoski17 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Excellent analogy
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mollycoffee Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
<3
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JCoelho Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional
:beer:!!
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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 :)
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tygriffin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hmm....tasty!
So what comic is most like the cronut, the donut that beat them all, that people are lining up for now?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cronut
Just think if it was topped with bacon...mmm.
Anyways, back to baking.
Drawing.
Whatever.
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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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warnoon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Busceme'a Conan is the greatest Conan.
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artsytarts Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student General Artist
That's a great way to explain it :)
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Dans work goes straight to my thighs.
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MeloMonaco Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
brilliant
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ulic02 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Okay, see now I want to attend a donut-making event where you talk about comics. Forget Drink and Draw, we need Comic Making and Donut Baking. You should ask Jason to look into that.
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire JL run was a tasty donut. I think the cover run you and the Reverend are on is like a great dozen...
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MrPlaid81 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In my day job I actually am a Baker and it takes relatively little skill and effort to make a donut. Frying them is taxing because of the work conditions, but still not technically difficult; this is why Donut Fryers don't get raises. We sell donuts by the ton, because the ingredients are addictive (which are limited to bread flour, donut mix, water). You mix it, cut them, proof them, fry them and then decorate them. The only thing it really costs is time and labor. People remember the donut and keep coming back, but it takes relatively little skill or talent to make them. Comics on the other hand take a lot of skill, practice, talent, and training and even then if you've acquired all those things it doesn't guarantee that it'll get made. The Donuts are made every day by people who don't even have a GED.
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Rocky-O Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well for me, (someone who really loves to bake), I am horrible at making decent dough.. whatever that is! (pie crust, bread--but maybe because I have a weak wrist when it comes to pounding the dough out myself--etc) So for me, it would be hard to make a good dough for donuts. AND THEN, to have to fry it... I do not have the right tools or workspace to try something like that out the way I would like to make a donut.

But I'm sure someday if I do have those tools and the know-how, I'd love to crank out donuts as easy as you say they are!
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MrPlaid81 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, if you have a weak wrist I recommend masturbation. Just kidding. It takes some upper body strength if you don't have a mixer, so hitting the gym might be the thing to do. I recommend the upper back rowing machine or the pectoralis machine. Six minutes of kneading is usually enough and then some rolling pin (protip; we have a sheeter). After that it's just using cookie cutters to get the shape.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Well said. 
I told Dan that there was a hole in his theory.
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MrPlaid81 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see what you did there. :laughing:
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Dammit, Jerome! You beat me to the punch line! :)
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
DOH!!! nut?
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Erykkr Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional
Make tastier donuts! The new mantra.
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goobeetsa Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Comics (like anything) probably has a lot to do with personal taste and timing.

A hamburger is not really a dessert item, but if
it is amazing you might eat it cold for breakfast.

Why do we like the things we like?
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hyperjack08 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
you have good taste in donuts.....this , i'm not surprised by.
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Firesnake1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Great analogy.  Though it reminds me alot of Greek punishments in Tartarus.  Poor poor Sisyphus and Tantalus.
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BringerOfStorms Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome.  I will share this donut.


~BoS
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ARTofANT Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My problem is I need to start making more donuts and eating less of them.
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