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semeurge: about

semeurge is a graphic novella (or long-form comic, if you prefer) written and drawn by ethan feuer (me). the book centers on an amnesic murderer’s bodily disassociation from his past intent to violence and the subsequent doubt it engenders.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WRITE A PAGE?

from thumbnails / preliminary sketches to a finished, inked product typically can take anywhere from 8 to 12+ hours of labor (actually time with the pen in my hand, not including peeing, sleeping, eating, writing faqs, etc.) before you ask: yes, you’re right i should’ve drawn the whole thing in the clear-line style. i’m an idiot.

WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE?

mostly, i’m pretty dumbed-down and cheap. i draw on bristol board, though some of the earlier pages are just on folded 8.5 x 11. i (mostly) use felt-tip pens (a sign of unprofessionalism if ever there was one), often microns or pigmas. once in awhile, i’ll resort ot a grayscale brushpen if absolutely necessary (pitt), but i’m loathe to do it. sometimes i uses (real) brushes–for black ink, white ink, or mask. i use tape a lot. for more or less everything. i mean, it’s even hard for me to make dinner without tape.

DO YOU USE PHOTO REFERENCES?

mostly, no. this is less practical for fantasy or plots which incorporate ridiculously difficult to arrange situations. still, my artwork would probably be better (or at least a lot less spotty) if i did.

WHY ARE SOME SPEECH BUBBLES SO BIG?  WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH YOUR PUNCTUATION?  DO YOU  SPEAK ENGLISH?

some speech bubbles are big to make the words look small–i.e. they are spoken in a smaller voice. this is similar to (but not quite as effective as) a trick often used by walt kelly and (particularly) will eisner. eisner tended to make the letters smaller, but with the size of my lettering, i’m already worried about people being able to read it without eyestrain. the punctuation is usually very deliberate. if i leave a thing that seems like a sentence without any punctuation at all, it usually means that the statement is to be continued shortly. if there is an em dash to close a phrase, it typically signals an interruption by someone else. i use semicolons sometimes because for the longest time i hadn’t a clue what they were for and was fearful of their use; i’m making up for lost time.

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