James Kochalka, “Craft is the Enemy,” from THE CUTE MANIFESTO
Fun fact: the dummy book I made for Steal Like An Artist was Kochalka’s Cute Manifesto (they’re the same format/size) with a homemade book cover:
This was originally the start of an epic letters-column exchange in the old Comics Journal print magazine. I still think of it as one of the most important lessons I ever learned about making comics. There are a lot of different ways you can take it, but for me it means: just make and make and make, don’t redraw the first 4 pages of your Future Greatest Work over and over again waiting for the drawings to be perfect. Get the ideas out of your head and onto paper—over time the drawings will become better and better, and the stories will become better and better, and eventually you’ll make a Great Work by accident, because you’ve been practicing for years. You’ll also have a body of work in your rearview mirror.