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Continuing my theme of retrospective, here are a few of my comics from past issues of Metro magazine. First up is my Fleet Foxes comic in its entirety, including guest appearances by Kurt Cobain and Holly from Tiny Ruins (click on it to make it bigger):

And here is a comic I made when I sat in on rehearsals for T.S. Elliot’s ‘The Wasteland’, produced by the Auckland Theatre Company. It’s kind of comic-reportage (click again to make bigger.)

Just because I’m showing you these doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy the lastest copy of Metro! You guys should, because then I’ll keep my paid comics gig (a rare and wonderful thing these days.) There’s a whole lot of debate about whether giving stuff away for free helps or hinders sales. I was listening to a really interesting interview of Kelly Link on Kim Hill’s show, and she said that when she gave away copies of ‘Stranger Things Happen’, more people bought the book. That sounds counter-intuitive, but her argument was that because people liked it, they wanted to give her money to support her. Perhaps they talked about her to their friends, who preferred to buy books in bookshops. Which sounds all very nice and I hope that’s the way it all works out – it’s a weird new world, this digital publishing one. We’re still getting our heads around it.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. soupout permalink
    27/03/2012 5:43 pm

    The way you drew Michael’s face scares me. But you got his arms right and the fact that he rarely wears sleeves because of said arms.

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      27/03/2012 9:14 pm

      Sorry! I am only sporadically good at likenesses. I drew his face too narrow, right?

      • soupout permalink
        28/03/2012 2:54 am

        Oh it’s fine πŸ™‚ I was just giving you a hard time. But, yeah, his face is less narrow in real life I guess. From what I’ve seen, if you really want to make it accurate, you could draw him jumping around and clapping his hands in the background in the frames where he isn’t in the front. Super energetic bloke πŸ™‚

  2. Robin permalink
    27/03/2012 9:11 pm

    I bought the ebook of Dead People’s Music because I love the comics in your blog and wanted to support you – keep it up! Oh, and I really liked the book too! I went to a NZSO free lunchtime concert recently and I kept thinking about the cellos – wonderful!

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      27/03/2012 9:14 pm

      That’s great to hear – thank you!

  3. soulmanrangerkindz permalink
    28/03/2012 2:47 am

    While your characterization of Michael Hurst’s face gives me nightmares, I like how you found a way to include his classic rehearsal wife-beater and biceps in the comic (a feature he often shows off in real life). Bravo.

    • star58889 permalink
      28/03/2012 2:52 am

      I think the drawing reminds me of modern art which is pretty awesome. The face is just a little more narrow than Michael’s actual face so it comes off as different. I love your comic though! Good job on capturing the ever-present sleevelessness and biceps too πŸ˜‰

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