Sunday, January 03, 2010


I'm going to try to do a sketch a day all year long. We'll see how long it lasts. I'm doing it as part of the Sketchjam blog!

Last year was another year where I didn't really get anything big out. I self published a few books and showed up in Image's Popgun anthology but other than that and another contribution to the HERO Initiative sketch-covers, I was pretty absent. That's not to say I didn't try though. I pitched a book with an established and well received writer but most publishers passed on it for a variety of reasons. I also tried to get another book picked up that I wrote and my friend, the amazingly talented, Scott Godlewski drew, but it had the most feared word in indie publishing attached to it, SUPERHERO. Even though I never even considered it a superhero book really. Everyone passed on it because of that.

Well, I never learn my lesson so this year I'm developing my own book, ICARUS, which is chock full of fucking superheroes. I'll serialize it online and publish it myself if I need to. The last couple years my focus has been on trying to break into a top 5 or 6 publisher as an artist or writer and I think I have wasted my time pursuing that. I don't have a mainstream appeal with my style, but I'm still a functionally sound artist that can tell stories, so that will be my focus for the upcoming months along with continuing to pursue new freelance opportunities. Good luck to all my amazing creative friends out there and I hope we all have a great 2010.


Brian Meredith said...

Don;t knock yourself short, Ryan... You are very talented and have a great style!

charlieclark said...

awesome lets see what you do with icarus

Scott Godlewski said...

Why are publishers so afraid of new superheroes? That would have been an awesome book!

ryan cody said...

Yeah it would have.