Prolific? I wish!
More in a minute, but first - that animated bird eating eating human feet (see 12-23 post) went by again and I took a screen shot. Hideous! Blogger is gonna squash the image into this post, but you can click on it and see it full size - if you dare!
Back to prolific, which eeteed said I am in yesterday's comments. When I look at the big fat FRANK book, or Chris Ware's endless flood of pages, or even those 100-plus-pages graphic novels by people I never heard of, I want to crawl in an empty sketchbook and die. I sure don't FEEL prolific.
As for my work routine, I owe it all to Jeannie. Amazing Jeannie. I have to go to the dump, clean out the washing machine filter, a few "manly" chores like that - but other than that the house stays clean (and I mean CLEAN) and delicious food magically appears and my clothes are clean and ironed. It has been that way for 30 years. If you want to do the math, I am almost 50 and married very young.
Work habits: with Runaway Comic, I am shooting for one finished page per week. 24-page comic = 48 weeks. 52 weeks in a year gives me a couple of weeks extra to do covers and inside covers. In reality, I am probably going to take about six-to-EIGHT months to get an issue done, and have warned Fantagraphics about this. I figure if Clowes and Brunetti can go years between books, I'm not going to be ostracized for my sloppy schedule.
I grab all the work time I can. I scan artwork at my day job while I'm eating lunch. I work at night when I get home. I work all weekend. "All" is a deceptive word, because I still find time to waste hours watching that crappy movie King Kong (hi Steve!) and going out to dinner with friends etc. But I do try to work as much as possible. "Work" is also a deceptive word because "working" on comics is usually fun!
Thanks for asking, eeteed! You give me an excuse to talk about ME ME ME and you make it seem like "people want to know!" You also prevent me from doing what I am prone to do and bitch about how this sux and that sux and don't you just hate it when bla bla bla. Ever notice how Andy Rooney is an annoying bore? He goes on and on and on with his "clever" comments about things that suck. Don't you just hate when you realize that you yourself sound like Andy Rooney? God I hate when that happens.