Here's another cluster of ads from our "Experience Creativity" campaign, from Image Comics titles on sale throughout April.
I love the fact that we start off with Ryan at his drawing board with his dog lying disinterested in the foreground, and then close the month out with John Layman's cat staring at whatever John's typing on his laptop. Unintentionally, these images underscore the differences between writing and drawing: Drawing requires long hours at the board and sometimes progress comes slowly, whereas the actual practice of writing can be fairly quick, even if the thought process that precedes it isn't. So you've got Ryan's dog looking kind of bored, because Ryan's been at it for a while there, but then John's cat is following the movement of the type as it appears on the computer screen, altogether more engaged.
Meanwhile, the photo of Landry Walker jotting something down into a notebook is really nice, because like the photo we ran last month with Brian K. Vaughan standing in a doorway thinking, collecting random thoughts and ideas into a notebook is a big part of writing. Even with the little creative writing I do in my own spare time, I have a drawer full of Moleskines full of story ideas, funny phrases, interesting song lyrics and overheard bits of conversation. There are writers I know with dozens of notebooks they've accumulated over the years, and though I'm guessing iPhones, iPads, Androids and whatever have changed the way notes are taken for some, collecting ideas on the fly is still an essential part of the creative process.
Everybody does things differently, though, and the photo Tim Seeley submitted was completely unlike all the rest, yet no less representative of the creative spirit. I've actually seen writers and artists alike do exactly what Tim is doing in his photo (and in fact, a similar situation resulted in Larry Marder suggesting to Rob Liefeld that he do a comic pitting Rob's Badrock against Todd McFarlane's Violator), and Tim's quote totally highlights why. There are plenty of jobs out there for anyone reluctant to let go of their childlike nature, but comics is undoubtedly one of the best.