I worked on this 32-page comic, off and on, from 2003 to 2009. During this time, I worked as a textile and packaging designer before transitioning back to interactive and web design. Still struggling to write an original story, I came up with individual scenes, which I shuffled around until a narrative fell into place. This semi-autobiographical comic follows a comic book maker as he explores the Union Square and Williamsburg neighborhoods in New York City, searching for inspiration and wondering if he should give up this particular creative pursuit.
The photography is meant to represent the real world as it is and the illustration is meant to represent how the protagonist sees both himself and the world around him. Most of the illustrations started out as blind contour pencil drawings, which I then refined as I inked them in. Friends and family helped me out with the photography. Panel layouts were made in Adobe Illustrator and the final panel art constructed in Photoshop.
Flying Solo was first self-published in 2009.