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When Comics Hurt: Artists on Their Drawing Injuries


Some weeks ago, a tweet from Jamie McKelvie, artist on the tremendously popular series The Wicked + The Divine and Phonogram, caught my eye. Writing about the physical difficulties of a heavy drawing schedule, McKelvie said he felt he could keep drawing for only 15 more years. Just a few tweets away on my timeline, graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks, author of Friends with Boys, Superhero Girl, and The Nameless City, commented that a full day of drawing had left her with sore wrists.

Being a comic book artist is a physically taxing job. Long hours sitting at the literal drawing board (whether drawing on paper or digitally) can strain muscles in the back, neck, and shoulders; repetitive motions inflame tendons in the arms. Combine this demanding work with the life of a freelancer, which, in the United States, does not come with any form of health care, and you’ll realize that many comics artists are living one injury away from economic disaster. An injury will not only cost money to treat, it will also cost time as it heals --- time that could be spent drawing --- resulting in lost income.

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Allegri, Sterling, Hernandez And Boeh Cover ‘Adventure Time With Fionna And Cake’ #3 [Preview]


It's a good thing the world's not going to end in 2012, because there's a lot of cool comics coming our way in 2013. Take the gender-swapped Adventure Time With Fionna and Cake six-issue miniseries from Boom...

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24-Hour Comics Day 2011 Roundup: Pugs, Ghosts, Monsters And More [Art]


Scott McCloud's dare-inspired 24-Hour Comics Day turned 21 this past weekend and cartoonists the world over showed up in full force to participate. Calling on creators to complete 24 pages completely from scratch in the span of a single sitting, 24-Hour Comics Day is considered a grueling challenge and those who complete it wear their final products like a badge of honor...

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Comics FutureStars: The High School Yearbook of the Comics Industry


If you ever need a reminder that the early '90s were a strange, strange time for the comics industry, then look no further than Comics FutureStars. Released by Majestic Entertainment in 1993, FutureStars was a showcase for nearly a hundred artists who were thought to be the next wave of up-and-comers who would ride the infamous boom to stardom...

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