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After Shawn Atkins recaps his experience at last weekend’s Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival, he talks to Nick Marino about keeping long ongoing comics fresh and exciting for himself as creator.
Shawn keeps it fresh by staying flexible and experimenting.
For years, Shawn has told the story of Kat and Pryor in Gello Apocalypse. He’s kept things fresh by letting the art and storytelling of the comic grow along with him, going from short black and white stories to long multi-part tales in color. Plus, he likes to have fun and experiment, trying out new sequential tricks.
Nick couldn’t keep it fresh! He got burned out by the format.
Nick Marino, on the other hand, couldn’t maintain his mojo on Super Haters. While the webcomic lives on as sporadic short stories, the long-term narrative became a drag. Nick got tired of the daily grind and the comics’s constrictive format.
Shawn kept the punch in his comics by finding a collaborator.
But burnout doesn’t have to happen to you! When Shawn needed a kick in the pants on Explorers of the Unknown, he invited his friend Seth Fronzoli to join him as a co-plotter and scripter. He maintains his excitement by asking his collaborator to surprise him with the scripts.
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Our good friend and mega-fan, Dicky Walters, stopped by for some comic book talk.
The first Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo is happening October 16-17. Find more details at http://www.pixcomics.org/
Check out Explorers of the Unknown from local creators Shawn Atkins and Seth Fronzoli.
Starting with this episode, Comic Book Pitt is officially moving to a bi-weekly schedule.
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