Sunday, August 14, 2011

The First Post!

I have a lot of things to talk about.  So much, that as I think about what to say for my first blog, I'm finding it difficult to pick a subject.  So, let's keep the inaugural entry simple!

This is the official blog for Perro Worldwide Comics.  Naturally, comic books are going to be a heavy topic of discussion.  But I also want to talk about art, film, and fashion.  Believe it or not, a really solid comic book creator needs a knowledge in the arts far beyond just drawing.  

But why is that?  Lets use fashion as an example.  Mostly, because it seems the most removed from the comic industry.  After all, comic book fans aren't known for their fashion sense.  And that's exactly the problem!  One of the things that too many comic book creators lack is that sense of fashion.  It doesn't seem important, but if their real world look isn't as polished as it could be, It'll translate into their art.

Just pick up any current comic.  When these artists (who generally draw quite well) are drawing characters, the styles are often about 15 years out of date.  Look at Superman.  In the 90s, he got a mullet, which went out of fashion a decade earlier.  Most female characters sport outfits that could be worn in the 50s.  Either that, or they're dressed like working girls.

The guys are also poorly dressed.  I'm looking at a current issue of Batman, and Dick Grayson is wearing an untucked polo-like shirt and jeans.  Seriously, the guy could look better...

My feeling is that there are two magazines that all comic book artists should have subscriptions with.  The first is Vogue and the second is GQ.  They'll keep you up to date with styles, and that's going to translate into better drawings.  

The best part about this, is that if you like something, you don't even have to buy it.  You just draw it in!  Suddenly, limitless fashion options are at your fingertips and your characters will be the envy of superheroes everywhere.  Well...  Except for the superheroes at Perro Worldwide Comics.  They're already dressing well!  

So, it looks like I just wrote an entry about superhero fashion.  Surprisingly, I didn't intend for that, but like I said, there's a lot to talk about.

This is going to be fun!

- Chip Perro
Writer, Director & Producer