For the last few months I’ve been thinking A LOT about music as a memory trigger. My mom was a stagehand and rigger for nearly 40 years. My stepdad collected records and remains one of the most musical curious people I know. My father is a musician and singer-songwriter. You could say that music was not a thing in the atmosphere of my childhood, but it WAS the atmosphere. That being said, I have found that music can be a powerful memory trigger for almost anyone in the way that scent can be. I’ve fantasized about putting together an anthology of one to two page comics on the memories of songs. I feel like I see a lot of comics about the artists who write and perform songs, but not about the personal ties to songs, which tend to be common and yet powerful.
I’m in the process of preparing to teach an autobiographical comics class at The Garrison Art Center next month and thinking about how I can get the class to enter easily into memories and story telling. Making a list of songs might be a good place to start.
Apologies in advance if the next few comics are just me complaining about the snow. This was written a week ago and today we have been hit by another snow storm with one to follow (again) on Thursday. By my calculations, we have been hit with snow storms every 4 days for the last 4 weeks. Parents out there: I am raising my winter salute to you all.
Holey Moley, my work and I are featured on the Anthology Magazine web site! I love that magazine and am SO SAD to hear that their print editions will cease soon. Good news that my work wiggled in on line! Thanks Joanna and Felicia!
Just a reminder that I’m speaking at the Desmond-Fish Library tonight. If you are in the area, please come on over!
I have a brand new comic about teaching, making comics, and why we can or can’t draw–and it’s on Medium! You’ll notice I actually USED A RULER!