I worked on this 32-page comic, off and on in my spare time, from 2003 to 2009. I struggled to write an original story, so I came up with individual scenes that 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 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 and can be now read in its entirety as part of Sketches and Streams.