You may have noticed that I (Adam) am the only one talking so far. Ironically, this blog is really more about Brian’s life than mine. Brian’s job is to provide the content. My job is to make it sound interesting. I like my job. Until I recall this conversation from the movie Chasing Amy:
COLLECTOR:So you draw this?
BANKY(signing the comic): I ink it and I’m also the colorist. The guy next to me draws it. But we both came up with the characters,
COLLECTOR: What’s that mean – you .ink it?
BANKY: Well. It means that Holden draws the pictures in pencil, and then he gives it to me to go over in ink
COLLECTOR: So you just trace!
BANKY: It’s not tracing. I add depth and shading to give the image more definition. Only then does the drawing really take shape.
COLLECTOR: You go over what he draws with a pen – that’s tracing.
BANKY (hands book back to Collector): Not really. (calling out) Next!
A LITTLE KID steps up but the Collector lingers.
COLLECTOR: Hey man. If somebody draws something and then you draw the same thing right on top of it, not going out-side the designated original art what do call that?
LITTLE KID (shrugs): I don’t know. Tracing?
COLLECTOR (to Banky): See?
BANKY: It’s not tracing.
COLLECTOR: Oh, but it is.
BANKY: (to Little Kid): Do you want Lour book signed or what?
COLLECTOR: Hey – don’t get all testy with him just because you have a problem with
your station in life.
BANKY: I’m secure with what I do.
COLLECTOR: Then say it – you’re a tracer.
BANKY (grabbing Little Kid’s book): How should I sign this?
LITTLE KID (grabs book back): I don’t want you to sign it, I want the guy that draws Bluntman and Chronic to sign it. You’re just a tracer.
COLLECTOR: Tell him, Little Shaver.
Brian pointed this out to me one day. This was the result.