I figured I better write some about art since my blog is titled “the life of an artist in the making.” I’ve found from drawing comics and writing them that doing both is rather difficult. Besides the fact that it takes longer doing both, I’ve found that graphic novel artists need to know about fashion, architecture, plants, facial expressions, and just about everything you see. After all it is a visual art. On the otherhand a writer of a novel has to have the vocabulary and knowledge in order to describe these things. At least I think they should.
Graphic novels, manga and such should be taken seriously at least by the artist/authors, but I have the feeling that a lot of American manga is not taken very seriously. The most of the stories seem to be comedic in that has gag after gag. They’re often over photoshopped. Americans still have awesome graphic novels though. Britains got awesome ones too coming from Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore. Problem is they don’t seem as popular here as manga. Compare the graphic novel section to the manga section in a book store.
Graphic novels are becoming more popular as more movies are being made from them like Corraline and The Watchmen and as people realize graphic novels aren’t just silly none sense as with Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (also made into a movie) and Art Spiegelman’s Maus.