November 17th, 2011


Failures in Freelancing: Mad Pitch

I stumbled across this while cleaning old files off the computer -- a very rough first draft comic strip pitch to Mad about the Spider-Man Broadway musical debacle:

The idea was to draw it in the clunky style of the 60's Spider-Man cartoon, aping the painted cel on backgrounds look, with new lyrics set "to the tune of" the show's theme song. I thought I had a good handle on the pacing of the strip and the cadence of the lyrics, but the lines needed a lot of polishing.

I was into the pitch and thought it would make for a fun strip, but it didn't go over. It always seems to work out that anytime I'm enthusiastic about an idea it either stinks or doesn't work for some reason or something similar was already submitted. That probably happens to everyone. Anyway, I thought some of you might like to see this because I usually don't show off really rough stuff like this. Mainly because I get nervous and clean my roughs up a lot before pitching anything to people. I'm trying not to do that anymore, it's a giant waste of time to draw stuff that isn't necessary. If an editor or client wants you to pitch stuff they usually know how you draw, so you don't have to actually turn finished art in for roughs. I just always have this fear that the rough isn't clear and the idea could be put over better if I kept drawing. Lizard brain.