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Fabio u are so pretty i want to marry you
Anonymous
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Many people do.


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Hello! I am a big fan of you guys, you're a big inspiration to my art. Do you have any advice for me, I want to start drawing comics and creating characters but I'm not really confident in my drawings. Do you have advice for me or anyone to improve their drawing abilities?
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Practice. Drawing is all about doing it often, as much as you can, so you can build your confidence and find your style. You can start copying artists and styles you like, and eventually you’ll have to draw something they haven’t drawn, and that you make you have to figure out on your own how to draw pancakes, or that willow tree on your back yard, or your german shepherd.

And then you’ll practice more, until you can draw all day long, and what your drawings look like at the end of the day is your style.


San Diego Comic Con 2014 was a blast!

I was sure that, this time, having no table inside the convention would allow me to have a lot of free time to write a daily account of my days at the San Diego Comic Con. I started writing the first one on the train down from Los Angeles (where I spent the first three days of my trip):

As I write this, I’m sitting on the Pacific Coast Liner train from Los Angeles to San Diego. I’m looking out the window, and I can see the sea. I see the beaches, and the surfers and the families and the girls in biquinis tanning on colorful towels spread out across the sand. Soon the beaches will give place to factories, refineries, military bases and my attention will wander back to the final pages of layout I still have to do on the current issue of Casanova. It’s sunny outside, and it has been sunny every day since I arrived in California three days ago. I expect the weather will continue on this route for the rest of my stay, and it pleases me. I’m a solar creature. I’m going to San Diego for Comic Con, and maybe I’ll meet you there.

That was the only thing I was able to write during the entire convention. My laptop rested in my room – much more than me, that’s for sure – and I realised I still had a lot to do at the convention, and a lot of people to see. I ended up using twitter and instagram to inform people of where I would be, where I should go, and to give clues of this year’s “art hunt”. For most of my time in San Diego, I was just too busy in signings and meetings and catching up with all the wonderful people I knew, and getting to know a bunch more.

I had a blast.

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(With Jimmy Aquino and Becky; with FLIGHT pals Dean Trippe, Dick Pose, Becky and Bannister; doing the art demonstration at the DC/Vertigo booth, drawing the characters of my Magenta story at the Vertigo Quarterly)

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(Jeff Smith and I, and the Tuki pin up I did for him; at the Eisner Awards, talking with Jeff; at the Eisner Awards, talking with Matt Fraction; having dinner with my lovely editor Diana Schutz)

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(With Gerard Way, Jonathan Rivera and Becky drinking coffee and drawing in L.A; talking comics and process with Matt Wagner and Scott Morse)

There’s a part of me that wants to keep writing. I want the conversation about our love for comics to keep going, as it fuels and inspires me and so many others. I’m excited about what my friends are doing, and I’m really excited about the comics I’m doing. It’s a great time for a creator to do comics, to create and tell stories. And so we don’t let this great moment be wasted, we must do our best, and push forward, and get back to work.

There’s no better thing than doing what you love.

Thanks to my friends, who are still there, and thanks to the fans who have been so supportive and warm and emotional.


Q
Will you ever come to Toronto, Canada? :)
Anonymous
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We did go to Toronto for TCAF in 2012, and we loved it. We would love to go back there at some point.


Q
Will both of you be signing at the same time?
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I think you meant at san Diego Comic Con, and unfortunately I only saw this now.

I was there and Bá wasn’t, but maybe you saw that, and maybe I met you there.


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Whats the best way to improve my skill without going to art, and how hard is it to produce a graphic novel on your own
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I assume you meant “going to art school” or some similar place. You don’t really need to go to art school, but you need to draw every day, several hours of the day. It’s your own personal homework, learning how to communicate through drawings and words, and that knowledge is only acquired by practicing a lot.

You can do a graphic novel on your own, but it takes time and patience. And than after it’s done it takes a lot of work to sell and distribute it on your own as well. Most people give up before their first graphic novel is done, just because the waiting for it to be ready takes too much time. You should start with short stories, mini-comics, before jumping into any long form story.


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amoooooooo a arte de vcs !! <3 <3
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Obrigado.


My story in the CMYK Vertigo Quarterly magenta issue comes out tomorrow. #magenta #vertigoquarterly

My story in the CMYK Vertigo Quarterly magenta issue comes out tomorrow. #magenta #vertigoquarterly


Last sketch of the Con. Inspired by all the good vibes from the show. Great people all around. #sdcc

Last sketch of the Con. Inspired by all the good vibes from the show. Great people all around. #sdcc


Just in case the mother of dragons appear, stay near red and yellow water pumps, Jon Snow. #moonarthunt #sdcc

Just in case the mother of dragons appear, stay near red and yellow water pumps, Jon Snow. #moonarthunt #sdcc


Time to hide Jon Snow. Winter is coming. #moonarthunt #sdcc #wondertwinsworldtour

Time to hide Jon Snow. Winter is coming. #moonarthunt #sdcc #wondertwinsworldtour


Talking about art and the future with @mattfraction at Comic Con. #sdcc #casanova  (at Gaslamp District)

Talking about art and the future with @mattfraction at Comic Con. #sdcc #casanova (at Gaslamp District)


She&#8217;s prepaired to get her feet wet, but right now she&#8217;s resting under the tree. #moonarthunt #sdcc

She’s prepaired to get her feet wet, but right now she’s resting under the tree. #moonarthunt #sdcc


This alien has a great view of the con from high up where her orange dome is. #moonarthunt

This alien has a great view of the con from high up where her orange dome is. #moonarthunt


Who&#8217;s ready for another art hunt? This will be today&#8217;s drawing. #moonarthunt #sdcc #wondertwinsworldtour

Who’s ready for another art hunt? This will be today’s drawing. #moonarthunt #sdcc #wondertwinsworldtour