Bruce Davidson     Brooklyn, New York, from the “Brooklyn Gang” Series     1959

From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson
ikerobo I know you had been working on prince of cats for a good long while. I'm wondering at what point do you feel you had to move to each stage of development? Was and is there much back and forth in your process or do you feel you had to have everything nailed down before you could go forward?


I had an editor… err 3 editors that were responsible for keeping me moving along. Usually an editor gives you milestones or what not. I didn’t reveal to my editors the unique restraints I gave myself. Some editors gave more back and forth than others. Casey Seijas was instrumental in getting the project approved but moved on before the book really got underway, Jonathan Vankin gave the most support and back and forth on Prince of Cats.

Prince of Cats required I move back and forth from script and breakdown because the way all of the pages had to relate to each other. I wrote the script with layouts in mind then I worked out the breaks, changing panel layouts so that the pages could rhyme and then I would change the script as I went around to better rhyme or preserve the beats.

When I am working on my own I move along when I am done with whatever stage I’m on.


From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson


Bruce davidson     The Brooklyn Gang, Summer      1959

by Bruce Davidson
From Brooklyn Gang, 1959

Rosencrantz: Do you think Death could possibly be a boat?

Guildenstern: No, no, no… Death is “not.” Death isn’t. Take my meaning? Death is the ultimate negative. Not-being. You can’t not be on a boat.

Rosencrantz: I’ve frequently not been on boats.

Guildenstern: No, no… What you’ve been is not on boats.

— Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (via genocidaltheta)

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