Getting Started Again

When I started drawing the first issue of Finder in 1995, I had no idea how to begin. I had the same good case of white-page/blank-brain as I often get when blogging-- which I almost never get writing anything else. I say "start drawing" even though my issue was really a "start writing" situation, because I didn't know the difference at the time. I had a little pile of things I wanted to happen, but no way to get them started.

Whenever I'm stuck, I return to books. Usually I'm stuck because there's a piece missing, without which the other pieces don't make sense. I have a mighty mulch-pile of books and art and music in my head, but there's always room for more. Around about that time, FROM HELL was running in TABOO from Tundra Publishing. In it, Moore and Campbell's ghastly killer has his first victim recite "Salutations to Ganesha." This is because, as he says, the Hindu god Ganesha is to be acknowledged at the outset of any endeavor, as he is called "The Lord of Obstacles." He puts 'em down, he picks 'em up. 

So I started Finder with Ganesh, and it worked. Ganesh is, if nothing else, a god with a sense of humor. So, here, I am no more able to come up with anything to write than I can flap my arms and fly to the moon, I return to him. It's Mardi Gras in four days, and I can't imagine that he wouldn't love a holiday like that.

This version of Ganesh looks like a squeak toy... but that's OK for Mardi Gras, I think.  

This version of Ganesh looks like a squeak toy... but that's OK for Mardi Gras, I think.