Retail Death

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June 27th, 2010, 9:36 am

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Posted by RetailReaper
June 27th, 2010, 9:49 am

I'm not actually a talented artist.

For those of you who think my drawings suck, this will not be much of a revelation. For those who think they are at least passable, who may therefore think I am just being hard on myself, allow me to explain. There is a difference between talent and skill. Talent is a quality that is more or less inborn. A talented artist picks up a crayon for the first time at age 1 and manages a stick figure that's just a bit more realistic than other 1 year olds, and that trend holds. Skill, on the other hand, is acquired. Like a lot of people, my stick figures at the age of 1 were circles with a random scribble of lines below. I learned to draw. It's a craft, not some form of free expression.

Therefore, when I draw, it takes me quite some time. I have been able to produce higher quality artwork since I resumed Retail Death in part because I learned a little bit in the hiatus, particularly about coloring. I also started drawing and inking the art, then scanning it in and coloring it in Photoshop, instead of using my Wacom tablet to draw the whole thing in Photoshop. But a big part of it has also been that I have been taking my time. Instead of telling myself I must produce thrice each week, I shoot to have something out once a week. That allows me to focus on that thing, and make it good.

I tell you this to explain why there is no comic this week. Not exactly. Instead, I have produced a piece of artwork that will be used for the Facebook fan page, t-shirts at the cafe press store, and the landing page at It took me several days to finish (granted, that means I was using the 2-3 hours of free time I have each day on those days to do it). I am presenting it to you today, as many of you link into the comic directly without going to the landing page (please do, by the way...there's actually a lot more stuff there than just the comic!) and might not otherwise see it. Also be aware that there WILL be shirts available with this design, starting as low as $12+Shipping. So if you're interested in supporting the cause, go check it out.

I'll have an actual comic up this week. Promise!

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Posted by littlemisslol
June 27th, 2010, 7:04 pm

dude, I compleatly agree with the first paragraph! plus, your comic is awesome!

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