Dave Abel
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Making It Up As I Go Along

It’s Larry Hama versus The Blank Page

CLIENT
TSI & NYU

PROJECT
Documentary Film Artwork

ROLE
CD & Designer

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As any comic book fan will know, Larry Hama is a seminal figure in the world of graphic novels, comics, and superheroes. G.I. Joe, Wolverine, Bucky O’Hare, Batman, Daredevil, Nth Man, Punisher – the list is long and the names on it are significant. What most comic fans don’t know is the man behind those stories. A Vietnam veteran, loving husband, and artist that struggles to create the same as all of us.

Making It Up As I Go Along is a documentary film made by The Spitting Image in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Association of NYU. As part of his tenure there as a guest professor, APA wanted to give fans, students, and viewers a deeper look at how his childhood as an Asian American influenced his creative work, as well as how his creative process has evolved over decades of critical and financial success.

One of the most poignant moments of the film is Larry’s reflection on struggling with the blank page, and the daunting task of overcoming that – at times – crippling anxiety of what to make. The key art is inspired by Larry’s own admission that, sometimes, he’s making it up as he goes along.