Before we begin, let me introduce you to Aru.
Aru is the newest addition tothe Comic Addicts family, currently residing in the land of the Kiwi and is the owner / operator for Rising Sun Comics, based in New Zealand. OK, no more interruption, stage is all yours Aru. Shoot!
The Comic Creators and Their Trials
Much has been written on the trials and tribulations of the Comic Book Writer or Artists, but it doesn’t make the issues we face any lighter or smaller. From day to day we are continually faced with the same thoughts that any artist who is passionate about their work face; is what we are doing making any difference? Will the readers accept my work? Will I ever make it? Will I ever make a living from my work?
Sadly none of these questions have any easy answers. Either wise we would either give up. A fellow Kiwi (New Zealander) Dylan Hyrocks has spent 20 yrs. trying to make it into the big times and he has after a while but he would be the first to say how hard it is. Similar, Richard Fairgray, another or of the hard workers in the comic book medium is now getting a greater recognition for his passion.
Aru’s tools of the trade… Errr… Except the Boba Fetts helmet and the Elmo doll, of course! 😀
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I mention these two because they stand out amongst the many who daily wile away at on their sketch pads, and some like myself on the Wacom pad. Its real tough being in a art/literature form that to the outside is known widely as ‘the funny papers’. And so we are not taken seriously.
But, is it because we want to be famous and rich that we create our art?
But, we need money to survive and notoriety to get our work out there. And so, we do our day jobs, or study for a better income and use every spare minute to work on our art. Its nothing new, but it still doesn’t make it easier. What we must keep in mind is that we do it for the art. We create because if we don’t we might as well stop breathing.
Artists walk a thin line between depression and anxiety. But we are at peace best when we are creating. So, create. Ignore that voice, which says you what you are doing, is just for kids. Remember those kids stuff is worth millions now and someone had to come up with the drawings and write the stories and they weren’t children.
Russell Peters says it best, ‘Be a Man!’ and for the females who are finding it harder than the males in our medium, ‘Be a Woman!’ We are who are.
Aruneshwar A Singh or Aru as everyone calls him, has just finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media -Digital Film-making.
Having decided to become a teacher so he can see the world, he has just begun a
Diploma in Digital Media-Multimedia. On the creative side Aru, is writing and illustrating a graphic novel about the 30yrs of Institutionalized Slavery of Indians in Fiji from 1885 -1915.
He is a prolific script writer and writes in all sorts of comic book genres which include several graphic novels for his own company,Rising Sun Comics.