I hope you realize this, gentle readers, but comics take a long, long time to create - upwards of ten to twenty hours per page is not uncommon. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: comics is a hard knock life. If you’re someone who spends long hours on the computer writing, researching, drawing or even goofing off you probably feel our pain.
Long interrupted stretches of time spent sitting at a computer can be just as unhealthy as being on your feet all day. The accumulated physical stress it puts on your body can result, broadly, in repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis, muscular aches and pains, fatigue and eye strain. It can even have a negative effect on your productivity, mood and ability to sleep. Once this kind of damage sets it it can be very difficult to reverse, not to mention costly if occupational therapy or medical intervention is needed!
Thankfully, prevention is generally easy and low-cost. The key is optimizing your work space and picking up good habits. This practice is called ergonomics.