hiho i was wondering what is the appeal in shipping? does not really appeal to me personally, i`m more ok if its "there" but i really don't get it if its between family members. do you just pretend they are not? i guess whatever floats your goat :P
it’s cute, fun, sexy, it’s different things to different people. i don’t know, it’s the same as anything i guess! i think you kinda answered your own question.
Just wanted to say that every time you post new art, it puts me in complete awe with your skills. You just keep getting better and better and deserve every bit of success you get. That is all. Carry on. ;-)
Hello Mr. Ross, I hope you're doing well. I was just wondering if you ship the TMNT together? I was just asking because I notice that some of the art that you've drawn of them looks intimate. Just curious~ <3
hi! i guess it depends on the version of TMNT, but i usually like Leo/Mikey. :)
THE COST FOR WOMEN IN COMICS OF DOING BUSINESS IS TOO HIGH.
You need to help lower the price of women doing business in comics and in comics fandom to only the hard work. Not the hard work plus ducking threats online and off of violence, dodging groping, inappropriate…
This may sound a bit stupid but is Malady's, from Wet Moon, name a pun or something? What got you the idea to use it? I'm curious.
in college i hung out with a friend whose cat was named Malady and i thought that was so cool. it was around the time i was putting together the first Wet Moon stuff so i named the character after the cat.
but the backstory reason is the character’s real name is actually Mallory and ‘Malady’ is what her little sister called her when they were kids because she couldn’t say Mallory. and then the nickname stuck and Malady kept using it because it also means disease (which is why she has a biohazard tattoo), which of course she thinks is awesome. i don’t know if i’ll ever get around to that in the comic, though.
As the comic book industry grows and is exposed to more and more people who are not typical superhero readers, I hope this behavior will be regarded for what it is: unprofessional nonsense, not to be tolerated by the industry. I hope publishers will come to expect a standard of behavior from the artists and writers they hire, and will not tolerate harassment and dismissal of women in the industry.
Comic book professionals, you are PROFESSIONALS. It’s time to start acting like it.
Hey, Brian. I'm an aspiring writer, and I have this complex about being a person of color trying to break into comics. I know I'm probably making a bigger deal out of this than I should, but it's kind of disheartening to see gatherings of creators and to notice the lack of color. Am I worrying for nothing? I tend to over analyze things, so this has been bugging me more than it probably should. I apologize in advance if this question is stupid, annoying, or has been asked before.
I am not a person of color but I am the father of a multiracial household and I’m Hypery aware of the world we live in in this regard. but I truly believe that there is nothing standing in your way of making your dreams as a creative person come true. It’s between you and your talent.
truthfully most of us don’t even know what each other looks like. all anybody cares about is the quality of each other’s work.
do not put things in front of you to stop yourself from making your dreams come true. do not. people do this all the time and I truly believe it’s the difference between those who succeed and those who fail.
stop rejecting yourself before the rejection comes. and if rejection comes, and it will, don’t make it about anything but your work.
When ever you draw, do you ever struggle to keep a characters appearance constant. Like the way you draw it and you can ever so slowly see it changing every time you look back on it. Or do you have trouble drawing a character in general? Otherwise I'm not sure whether its the art-style that's interfering when I draw or I'm just going backwards, I was wondering if that's a good thing maybe, because I like to keep my character appearance constant but I can't.
i definitely struggle! have you read any of my comics? my characters change from book to book and even sometimes within the same book, especially if i draw the pages in order. EDIT: sometimes i even deliberately do something inconsistent, like suddenly change a character’s eyes (as many of you will know XD) or i’ll suddenly not like a character’s nose and feel that a different nose would better suit them, and i just say fuck it and i change it. i’d rather have fun and do new stuff than keep doing the same thing just for consistency’s sake if i’m not into it anymore.
i personally think of it as moving forwards, though, not backwards. moving backwards is if the characters stay the same, because then it means you’re stagnating. i do have trouble drawing characters, though, different characters are easier than others but i don’t think it’s supposed to be easy.
i think people are over-obsessed with consistency, personally, i try to have a degree of consistency, of course, obviously i’d never draw a character one way in one panel and then with a deliberately completely different face or hair in the next panel, but overall i think you just need to let it happen and find a place you’re comfortable and satisfied, while accepting that time is a factor.
Hey Ross, how do you get over illogical fear of failure? Illogical as in I can see my art getting better and there shouldn't be anything to be afraid of, but my brain disagrees.
i’m not sure if you mean artistic failure or career failure, i’m guessing artistic? i have some fears like that, i find that way more scary than career failure (you should see how big my stack of rejected pitches is and my long list of scathing heartbreaking reviews, yet i still keep going back for more). both kinds of failures never get any easier but i find the artistic ones harder to deal with in the long run because it’s more personal.
i’ve had times when i hate everything i do, nothing is good enough, nothing is satisfying, which sounds whiny and entitled considering the amount of success i’ve had as a professional, but that sort of thing can wear on you no matter how financially or critically successful you are.
anyway, i think the answer is try to have fun drawing. that’s what worked for me, at least! a year or two ago i was super unhappy with my work and i wasn’t having much fun doing it anymore, and i kind of wanted to throw my hands up but i didn’t know what else i could do instead. i was overfocused on making things “good,” and it got so bad that i knew i had to change something.
so instead i started trying to make my top priority to have fun instead, which sounds like a no-brainer but it’s hard to break out of those ruts, and it really helped when i did. i still struggle with it but i get better and better, and i’ve had more fun drawing in the past year than i have in a long time. like i said i still struggle with it but i don’t mind as much if i can’t get something right or if a drawing sucks, because i had fun doing it and that’s what sticks with me. if i “fail,” then i failed on my own terms.
i think having art-friends can help, too, or some kind of muse, someone you can bounce off of and they can bounce off of you, you can inspire each other. i realize that’s a hard thing to find, though, and even harder to keep.
Hi, I was jus re reading Wet Moon (and seeing your 'newer' work on Deviantart) and just wanted to say how much I love your 'new' style! I know it's a constantly evolving thing but it just seriously keeps getting better and better and more 'you.' Idk how use to explain it, ha. I just feel like you're constantly upping the quality of your art and it's been an awesome progression (I've been lurking since 2007) :]
aw, thank you so so so much!! i really appreciate that, it’s always so encouraging and amazing when i hear that, since most people seem to think the opposite. whenever someone likes my newer work better than my old stuff, and i mean specifically better, like you’re saying, not just older and new equally, whenever people say it gets better and better it seriously means a lot to me. thank you!! :D
Hi Ross! I really, really love the new Natalie picture you posted on Deviantart. I was just wondering if it's going to be a print in the future? It is just so gorgeously stunning I'd love to have it up in my room! :]
thanks, glad you like her! :) i might make her a print, but i’ve been sooo lazy with prints the past year or two, i don’t know when i’ll get around to making new ones. it’s not a ton of effort but it’s enough effort that i never feel like doing it. XD my DA prints are never that popular, hardly anyone buys them, so there isn’t much incentive to get up and do it, but your enthusiasm definitely helps. :D we’ll see!
Hi, Mooncalfe! I was wondering if I could ask you if you know if the TMNT IDW comic is on sale in my country. I live in Bulgaria. I've seen pics and reviews of the comic and would like to check it out. Would like it if it's written in English. Vicky
hi Vicky! i’m not sure, i did a little quick research and found some people saying that Amazon.com delivers to Bulgaria, then others saying it doesn’t, have you asked around at all? i’m not involved in the distribution part of the comic, i just work on it sometimes so i’m unfortunately not the right person to ask. :( i wish i could help! if you read comics digitally you could get them from Comixology, though, i know they have all of the IDW comics. :)
Would it be cool to ask what books/ authors Audrey's in to? Oh, and Mara. :)
i think there are a few panels in the comic where you can see the spines of Audrey’s books on her shelves, i think i put a bell hooks book in there and like Birds of North America or something (because Audrey is really into birds and bird-watching, which i don’t think is ever mentioned in the comic other than her LJ username being kittyhawk and one of her sidebar links being a page called Backyard Birds). i imagine her being into Anne Rice.
Mara is mostly into horror, like Clive Barker and Richard Matheson, and stuff like Tananarive Due’s African Immortals series which i have never read myself but any series which has books titled things like ‘The Living Blood’ and ‘Blood Colony’ are something i thought Mara would be into, haha. i bet Mara has some super secret guilty pleasures like Judy Blume books or something like that, too (Judy Blume is awesome but if Mara were caught reading her books, her dour image would forever be tarnished).
Thanks so much for answering! Idk whyI just love knowing all kinds of smaller details/ trivia about characters like what kind of books or music they like etc. It just makes them seem more real. I kinda imagined Zia reading really bad horror books or something, lol. And I guess Trilby's into comics more than anything? I can imagine Fern finding out Cleo's fav books and then reading 'em. Is there a particular reason for Fern's interest in Cleo and her friends that we find out?
i like knowing that stuff too! i appreciate the interest in WM. :D thank you! Zia might read critically-acclaimed horror books, but never bad ones. and yeah Trilby reads a lot of comics, and is probably into The Hunger Games (just the first book since in the WM world the other 2 haven’t come out yet) and Ursula K. Le Guin type stuff and maybe Octavia Butler.
there is a reason for Fern’s interest in Cleo that i hope to reveal before the series is over, but if i don’t get to it, i think Cleo and her friends all being adorable and funny is a good enough reason. XD
I guess I'm also also really curious about Zia, Natalie and Fern. And Penny? Oh, and Fall. I don't know they seem the most mysterious to me and I'm thinking that maybe knowing what books they like could give me some more insight into their characters :)
i have a bunch of stuff for Zia written down but not her fave books, but she also likes Harry Potter since she went to Cleo to the book release thing in volume 4. i feel like besides that Zia would be into other fantasy stuff, too, or authors she could cite to impress other people like Borges or Murakami.
Natalie is into historical nonfiction, i can’t really imagine her reading a lot of fiction. i think she’s too serious for fiction writing.
Fern is another one i don’t have a lot written down about, except she also likes Mary Shelly, she’s seen reading Frankenstein in volume 2. i don’t read a lot outside of YA stuff so it’s hard for me to figure out what characters like Fern would be into, but she’s probably into either classic books like Grapes of Wrath, or stuff like Chuck Palahniuk.
Penny is into Lisa Unger, Jodi Picoult, and Donna Tartt.
and Fall, she probably only reads trashy magazines, if anything. XD
Hi Ross :] I was just really curious about what kind of books you think Cleo and the rest of the Wet Moon characters like to read? I dunno if you keep that sort of stuff on a character profile or not, lol.
hi! i do have some of this stuff written down, yeah! are you interested in any characters in particular besides Cleo? i don’t think i can list ALL of them. XD
some of Cleo’s reading choices are already in the books, like Mary Shelley is mentioned, and Cleo waits in line for the new Harry Potter book in one volume (i think 4). i feel like maybe there were other mentions, maybe on the book spines in Cleo’s room, like Poppy Z. Brite, Francesa Lia Block, and the Bronte sisters. not sure if it’s in the books but Cleo is definitely into Twilight, too.