Confused? Well, I was hoping to to make a tribute to the great Jerry Robinson. He passed away in December and I felt heart broken. My comics are a direct descendant of Mr. Robinson's work. Abd believe me, you know his work.
I should begin in the middle of his career because that explains what you see above. From the early 1960's to the end of the 1970's, Mr. Robinson did a politicial comic called "Still Life." The comic had a drawing in a very loose and elegant style which drew from the world around him. Sometimes the objects would be juxtaposed in a way that added to the coments and the over-all joke. The objects would talk, so one would ask a question and the other would answer.
I wanted the empty drawing table to symbolize the loss of a great artist.
His work has influenced generations of people. As a teenager he was one of the artists that Bob Kane used as a ghost writer and artist. Bob Kane is an interesting man. Best freinds with Will Eisner, he had his dad negotiate with DC Comics while he was still in high school to publish Bob Kane's creation, Batman.
It is debated how much work Bob Kane himself put into the comic, however he hired a young and talented artist named Jerry Robinson to do the art and Bob Kane would sign his name. Eventually, DC Comics (Then they were National) found out and hired Robinson to continue to do his work. Robinson created Batman's cast and make him what we know him as today. His two most important creations were Robin and The Joker.
Mr. Robinson continued to work in comics until the 60's. He moved to newspapers as a comic strip artist and ran several comics. One of which was "Still Life." He then created his own syndicate.
He also wrote several books about the history of comics and even a musical which was then adapted into a graphic novel.
Mr. Robinson was also an important player in pushing for creators' rights. When Superman, starring Christopher Reeves, was released in 1978, he and Neil Adams pushed for monetary compensation for the creators of Superman. The artist, Joe Shuster, who was legally blind, and Jerry Siegel were both living in poverty and when Warner Bros. released one of the greatest comic films of all time, they did not see a dime from it. Warner Bros. blinked. Because Mr. Robinson and Mr. Adams took the fight to them and so they didn't look bad, they started paying royalties to their creators.
Jerry Robinson is a hero to me. I have followed his career footsteps. Batman helped teach me this art, my comics like BachmannLand are an art excercise with a political bent just like "Still Life" was. I am going to expand Right About Now by adding a third comic so I am beginning something like his syndicate. I have a non-fiction book floating in my head.
Jerry Robinson passed away December 7th, 2011. He was 89. Forever, his desk shall be empty.