Chronicling the creative process for Pop Zeus, the forthcoming Guided By Voices/Bob Pollard tribute comic- including sketches, concepts, finished art and whatever else is in my brain at the moment.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Straddle The Hourglass

(photo courtesy of barthatronic and DTS)

All I can say is "ugh". Finished writing out the "My GBV Experience" three part section of Pop Zeus this weekend and man, has it been a wrenching process. I've scribed many a comic book story and also spent many hours journaling my experiences, but never have I faced this much stress and despair while writing, for real. I was really wigging out and not sure why.

I talked to my brother Martin about it on Saturday and he really hit the nail on the head. He said there is something about the process of writing, beat by beat that helps you to remember things. Getting thoughts and memories physically down clears space in your brain for other thoughts and memories. And what I was remembering were terrible mistakes, dark and troubling times back in 1996 and 2004 specifically. And simultaneously letting images form in my mind, thinking of good images to capture for the comic, was really putting me right back in those painful days. It was rather like reliving some of the worst times in my life- not fun.

But, these stories need to be told. They will directly show how much Guided By Voices music has meant to me, through good times and bad, especially bad. Even though the process of getting these thoughts out will be painful, ultimately I think it will be worth it. And all storytellers, especially in the biographical form, need to be as honest as they can.

I won't spoil the stories for you here, you will have to read Pop Zeus for yourself and decide whether they were worth telling. As I've said before, I believe they will be the heart and soul of the comic.

Anyway, more updates as the week goes on. Cheers!


Blogger Scottish Toodler said...

Wow, awesome admission about the struggles of writing!!! Have you read Rollo May's COURAGE TO CREATE? I am really liking it, but I don't know if it is for everyone! On the lighter side: Dude, you may not be a believer, but I tell you, trying to write new material during a Mercury retrograde is usually painful.

10:42 PM

Blogger Phil said...

Not even sure what a Mercury retrograde is, so I'm probably not a believer, scottish toodler! But thank you for your thoughts and encouragement. And I will definitely check out Courage To Create- is it an artistic self-helpish sort of thing like The Artist's Way? Take it easy!

11:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best chronicles of what happens during the writing process that I have seen in a long time.
you will no doubt have a catharsis as a result of this and that cannot be anthing but good!

1:35 PM

Blogger Phil said...

Thank you for your kind thoughts! I'm really digging deep this time around, so it's heartening to hear that it might lead somewhere better.

3:45 PM


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