Anyone who has ever dreamt of doing their own comic strips
no longer be dependent on artists as they'd be capable of completing
the entire strip from start to finish by themselves. Of course, it wouldn't
happen overnight, but, eventually, many traditional-type cartoonists and
artists (which is not to imply that the two titles are mutually exclusive)
would inevitably find demand for their services diminishing to
the point of redundancy.
People who could 'draw a bit', but were never quite good enough
to elevate their work to the required standard and offer it at reduced
rates to publishers desperate to save a bob or two in a world of
spiralling costs and diminishing circulation.
Actual artists might be able to discern the derivative and less
be of any concern to the consumer.
That's progress - or so it's said.
Sadly, that's exactly what happened to another art form in
the world of comicbooks some years back - the art of lettering.
And don't be fooled - it is (or can be) an art in itself, despite it being
looked upon by many as a lesser skill in the pecking order of prerequi-
site powers in the production of published comic periodicals. Nowadays,
anyone with access to computer font programmes can letter comic strip
pages, which, to the untrained eye, look just as good as good as those
lettered by the likes of ARTIE SIMEK, SAM ROSEN, IRA
SCHNAPP, or anyone else you care to mention.
As I've said elsewhere, I don't have a problem with 'actual'
for their own use if it makes things easier for them. After all, they've
as previously. However, now that practically anyone with a computer
selves up as a 'letterer', the 'art' has been taken out of the process
and it has been diminished in some way.
No doubt there'll be a few cartoonists and artists who think
the same thing ever happen to them, you'd soon hear them
whistling a very different tune.
Any thoughts on the matter?