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I Make Comics

September 3, 2013

I Make ComicsThis one is dedicated to Marissa Falco, who makes comics too.

  1. Cecile Somers permalink
    September 3, 2013 1:52 pm

    Yes, you do! And I am really happy you do, plus you keep getting better at them all the time!

    And you design AWESOME Tee-shirts, too! Got the black HipMAMA tee last week and it is brilliant. I love wearing it, makes me feel hip and artsy and part of your gang 🙂

    Really, Summer, your comics are getting to the point where you could tell any story – deep, funny, private, general, observing, funny. Anything.

    Way to go, girl!

    (Oh and May Sarton is one of my favourite poets, too: love A Light Left On.)

    Here’s to being all the things we want to be – and to awesome, in-the-know bookshop staff.

    Thank you for another great entry!


  2. summer permalink*
    September 3, 2013 1:55 pm

    You are SO part of my gang, Cecile! HIGH FIVE!!

  3. September 3, 2013 6:16 pm

    This weekend my friend Ellen (a comic artist) did an on-stage interview thingy with Allie Brosh from Hyperbole and a Half. Ellen was like, “What do you call the work you do? Comics?” Allie seemed really clear that she called them “posts,” which to me mean she identified more as a writer/blogger who does some drawings than as someone who makes comics, which is what I would have called her stuff.

    It’s always interesting to see how artists define their work! I still wrestle with whether my writing is mostly narrative non-fiction, or service writing that’s more self-helpy. Who knows!

  4. summer permalink*
    September 3, 2013 7:23 pm

    Ariel- I have SO MUCH to say in response to this comment that I might have to do an entire blog entry about it. In lieu of that, these are my initial responses:
    -I LOVE your friend Ellen’s work!
    -I had never heard of Allie’s site, except when I went to look at it, I recognized her style (tho it also seems similar to The Oatmeal). Thank you for the intro tho.
    -I am liking the term “Graphic Storytelling” these days, because “comics” is becoming less and less a clear medium–people are doing all kinds of things that could be called “comics” but they are also not quite comics in the execution.
    -Blogging muddies the water in how to define a lot of things these days–sometimes absolutely for the better. I feel like blogging isn’t quite yet considered a legitimate “literary” form (like journalism and non-fiction, etc.) in the BIG WORLD (too everyman too non “expert”) and so that is one of the reasons it DOES muddy the water for defining what something “is”–even in more direct narrative work like yours. I definitely see you as wearing many hats.

  5. September 3, 2013 7:25 pm

    Ooh, *I* get to introduce you to Hyperbole and a Half!?

    Here’s Allie’s most famous post:

    It became a meme!

  6. September 4, 2013 12:01 am

    You make DAMN fine comics at that, m’lady. Always a pleasure to read!

    Allie Brosh…OMG. She’s been through a long spell of very relatable depression that she semi-recently blogged about, but despite or maybe even because of that, still brilliantly hilarious. Props to Ariel for the intro!

    And May Sarton…about 25 years ago my quietly observant & intuitive stepmother gave me a copy of Journal of a Solitude, knowing it would suit my very solitary, introspective self. I honestly can’t remember if I ever finished reading it at the time (keep in mind I was 18 and more focused on music & music-related crushes at the time), but I remember appreciating that she’d picked out such a thoughtful gift that showed after only knowing me a few years, she already understood me far better than my other parents did then, if ever. Now I’ve got a yen to seek out that book again!

  7. summer permalink*
    September 4, 2013 12:41 am

    Thank you Heather!! I would absutely recommend you pick up Journal of a Solitude again. It’s deeper with age. I just got the book I was looking for in the comic today–Sarton’s next installment. I can’t wait to read it!

  8. September 4, 2013 12:18 pm

    You sure do!

    Thanks for sharing that proverb, too.

  9. Kris permalink
    September 5, 2013 1:53 am


  10. September 15, 2013 5:18 pm

    I know I tweeted about my appreciation for this, but in the short time it’s been up, it’s been bookmarked & visited often, a real source of inspiration for me. I haven’t been drawing anything lately, still, but it’s been helping me to feel like I might be in that mood again soon. Thank you!

  11. summer permalink*
    September 15, 2013 8:21 pm

    That makes me SO HAPPY, Marissa. I bet you that even though you aren’t actually drawing, there is a secret part of you that still is. I hope it comes out & shows you soon!

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