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Drawing Comics Lab by Robyn Chapman

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UNIT 6

Living the Dream

FOR MANY OF US, THE DREAM MEANS MAKING A LIVING, possibly a good one, from drawing comics. That dream does come true—for a small number of people. The rest of us need to build a counter narrative to The Dream. For the past seven years, I’ve worked in what can vaguely be called the comics industry—as an administrator, a teacher, an editor, a publisher, a project manager, and now an author. If I had waited around for that comics drawing job I would have long since starved.

So, am I disqualified as being professional? Hardly. All being a professional means is that you take cartooning seriously and approach it with an industrious work ethic. With a little effort and a bit of guidance, we can all be professionals, and each ...

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