Here’s an old comic to give you an *inkling* of what I woke up to yesterday. It actually was 10 times worse and so I couldn’t make my flight to Toronto. I just emerging from this migraine and am so sad I am not at TCAF! I hear you are nice, Toronto! I hear the comics scene is BEYOND, but alas I’ll have to wait.
If you are there, go see my table mate, Glynnis Fawkes everybody–she’s on the third floor and will be so happy to see you! Bring her a cookie and tell her it’s from me!
My comic “How I Came to Comics” is in the very FINE anthology “My Pace 02” out from Rod+Cone & debuting this weekend at TCAF. They just posted an interview of 5 questions where I get to talk about my past as a songwriter, the creative habit, peer groups, and dream projects. All this and the DREW ME!
Here’s a taste:
1. You were also a singer-songwriter. How does making comics reflect or differ from the process of writing & playing music? Was songwriting as autobiographical?
My songs were very autobiographical–very in the moment and very similar to the comics I am making right now (although my comics have a lot less break ups in them!). One of the reasons I was so drawn to songwriting as a medium was that songs have this powerful emotional shorthand–they don’t have to be specifically about YOU but they can feel like it. In a sense, when a song hits you right, it can feel like the song hears you instead of the other way around. When I stopped being a musician I discovered that this feeling of being “heard” was in so much of the art, books, etc. that I loved–it’s not just songs that can do that. When I started making comics it felt like I was tapping into the same emotional landscape as the songs I wrote. My friend Jennifer Hayden once remarked that my comics read like songs and that made me so happy.
All this being said, it’s probably no surprise that I find making comics very similar to songwriting. When I draw out the panels it feels a lot like putting music down–a rhythmic system to organize the words & story. It works.
Next weekend, May 14 & 15 I’ll be at TCAF tabling with my pal Glynnis Fawkes on the third floor. I’ve been so curious about Toronto for awhile now, but since reading Seth’s It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, I’ve been sort of PINING to see the weather tower pictured above. Hopefully it won’t be snowing, though WHO KNOWS this time of year!
2016 is turning out to be a big comics fest year for me with MoCCA last April, TCAF this month and then I’ll be traveling to SPX in September (though not tabling), and going to Cross Roads Columbus in October–with hopes to go to 2 more in the later fall! So far this feels like a great development. I love being with the comics community and meeting people. It does this freelancing homebody some good. Plus it gives me concrete deadlines to do things like publish the next issue of Paper Pencil Life, which will be out in time for SPX. I’m not going to hold back–I am just going to tell you that I think PPL #4 is the best work I’ve done to date. I am immensely proud of the growth I see in it and just feel excited to see what’s next.
When: Saturday, May 14, 9am-5pm and Sunday, May 15, 10am-5pm
Where: Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto
I made this comic last summer for a Prince themed art show. I still can’t believe he’s gone.