My name is Jordan Smith. I’ve always loved both drawing and writing, and what better way to combine the two than to draw (or write) comics? Of course, to be any good at creating a comic, one has to enjoy reading comics as well. When reading the paper, a lot of people seek out the sports or business sections first and foremost. While I myself rather enjoy catching an occasional article from these sections (when the headline alone isn’t enough), I always have to get my daily dose of funnies first and foremost. I sometimes even pick up a new drawing technique simply by studying the artwork of my favorite cartoons (as well as my not-so-favorite ones).
Although I’m displaying my cartoons online here, I must confess that I wasn’t always very well acquainted with other people’s webcomics. As suggested above, a good 99% of the comic strips and panels I read were of the syndicated variety, and I read them straight from the newspaper. Since then, I have also been enjoying webcomics from indie cartoonists on sites that my own cartoons appear on. I really couldn’t tell you what my very favorite comic strip is, but if I had to name the ones at the top of my list, I’d probably have to go with Garfield by Jim Davis, Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson, FoxTrot by Bill Amend and Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley. If you were to ask me what my favorite comic panel is, I could answer that with no trouble at all: Gary Larson’s The Far Side. You may have your own preferences regarding comics (I hope you’ll like mine).
It’s pretty much a no-brainer that the more you read, the smarter you’ll get. The fact that I choose to read about goofy looking characters embarrassing themselves day after day is probably both interesting and disturbing at the same time.