I'm Foggy, a Comic Book Writer and Artist from Israel with two ongoing titles... but that wasn't enough for me. So I relaunched everything in Berlin in a daring attempt to find a publisher and storm the international convention scene. Welcome to #Secret_Journey; Ask me anything!
My name is Guy Fogel, and after five years in hell I have come home with only one goal - wait, that's the other card. I'm Guy Fogel, a comic book writer and artist originally from a city near Tel Aviv, now operating in Berlin. I've been drawing since childhood, wanting to be a comic book creator. By the time I was a teenager I was drawn to Fantasy novels and local comics seemed childish, so I've... written a novel.
You can't read it. It's crap.
But writing 300 pages of prose gets you to appreciate good writing, and bother to avoid tired tropes and obvious twists when you attempt again. Since then I've served in the army, seen a war or two, travelled through Indochina, and moved to Jerusalem to study at the so-called best art school in the state: Bezalel Academy.
My fixation on comics returned towards the end of college; I've convinced my reluctant professor to make a comic book mystery which spiralled out of my army experience. Thus began in 2012 my first ongoing series, Sherman's Pit.
The story revolves around a mentally unstable soldier who is removed from combat duty and assigned to a desk job at The Pit, a top-secret bunker, where he discovers his hallucinations connect with a bigger mystery, and that he's probably not the only crazy man in The Pit.
It wasn't an instant success but I had continued to run with it for two more issues, giving discounts to active duty soldiers. During it's original Hebrew run, it has sold over 1200 copies and became a cult phenomenon within the IDF. I think it's still circulating between bases.
God, it's a wonder I haven't been arrested.
In 2013 I was troubled by the fact I have nothing in my books that appeal to children, and though the cons were packed with girls and women, Sherman's Pit rarely appealed to them. I made a sketch of a superhero girl whose powers were music-based, and then I stopped developing the idea.
I was terrible at drawing action-oriented comics.
I was terrible at drawing women.
I was terrible at writing women.
And until I was better, I wouldn't be able to do that idea justice.
So step by step, I researched and trained and read reviews, asked my audience for input and mostly drew a lot, until finally, I launched issue 1 last summer. The Hebrew version was an instant hit. And so Sonica was born.
So by that time I had a decent career going back home - that is, I still couldn't make minimum wage. The market was too small and I'm an ambitious sort of guy. So I packed everything, dumped a perfectly good girlfriend, and relaunched EVERYTHING in Germany.
#Secret_Journey didn't start easy, and it's not getting easier; I entered a new apartment on the same week I was launching my comics; I have been rejected from most publishers in Germany, and logistics are killing me. But I've sold 97 issues of Sonica #1 and 54 Sherman's Pit #1 on my own since the launch in May and I keep attacking everything between queer zine fests, second-hand flea markets and commercial-heavy comic-cons.
You can meet me on Comic-Con Amsterdam, Comic-Con Munich or Comic-Con Berlin in the next few months! And you can also follow me on social media. I have a brand-new Patreon Page where I will be uploading new pages of each series every week for 1$ patrons!
So, to sum it up: I have no idea what I'm doing. That has never stopped me before. Ask me anything.
Guy Fogel says:
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