I am loving (LOVING) hearing from people who have enjoyed my comic books Paper Pencil Life. It fills my spirit, people and rallies me to keep going. One comic that keeps getting noted as a favorite is this one, which is in Paper Pencil Life #1. It touches me that people like it so much. The moment really was exactly like that and grief really is like that too–a surprise firework show of blue light in the backyard of your heart when you least expect it.
From my backyard to yours–thanks to all of you for your support on my books.
Last saturday in my comics class I had everybody participate in a Drawing Jam as a way to create some original characters. It was a hoot! Every student created 16 characters to work from. Their homework was to create a “how to” comic based on one of the characters they made in class. I made copies of all the character sheets and have been looking at them all weekend totally smitten and inspired by them all. Finally, I couldn’t stand it anymore and last night did my own homework assignment using two of the characters made–The Guru and The Student. The result was the comic up top. The original characters are posted below.
I am psyched that I am among the “6 Creatives Who Prove That You Can Hold Down a Day Job and Still Make Awesome Art” article featured today on AOL Jobs! I am among some INCREDIBLE art makers. Go check it out!
The above comic is 100% true and is about more than just running (of course). I realized after I had forced myself to finish it that it’s about my whole process of the last year–the FUCK IT process, the JUST GET IT DONE process. As someone who gets hung up on questions of worth and value, this process has served me extremely well.
Right now it’s time for me to admit that after more than a year and a half of crazy output, I’m in a half-baked phase of comics. I have about 5 unfinished 3 page comics and a slew of others that are nipping at my heels. My daily diary comics are getting harder to do. The truth is I am harder on them. It’s a familiar phase and it had to happen right? The honeymoon easy period of doing them has momentarily left the building. I think I might be in a new phase of comics needing more time and attention. I want to get better and do more detailed work. The output and my impatience at answering every call and idea is affecting the quality (at least in my eyes). This of course could be another bullshit story my lovely ego has whipped up to delay action, but I am craving some time to finish work and send it out. So for the next little stretch, maybe I’ll post something once a week and maybe I won’t. Of course now would be a good time to also remind myself that everything I do here is made up of rules that I make up. No one tells me to stick with them but myself. So I am going to break some rules I’ve made up. I am going to take a lesson from my running “practice” and say it’s okay to go slow. The point is to show up and do it. So that’s what I’m going to do.