Tag Archives: Vulnerable

118: loud

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On days that are loud, may the Things eat the noises for you.

Also OMG only a dozen more comics to meet my pledge of 130 comics in a year!… yes, animated giffs count as comics!!! They’re totally sequential, a special kind of sequential, that’s totally a comic and not animation.

During the Clarion Write-a-thon last year the Things Without Arms and Without Legs were born. I created 19 comics as part of my challenge. In the last week, and in a madcap attempt to reach $400 I said I would create one comic for every $1 I raised in those last gasps… Madness! But a good kind of madness and a madness that kept me creating when having a nap might have been easier. $111 were pledged and so I’d need to create a grand total of 130 comics by June 23 2013.

Sometimes that number has felt huge, sometimes it has felt manageable. I fell off the comics making wagon in November and it took me a long time to get back on the wagon. I didn’t dare calculate the numbers, I just hoped that doing an update every second day would get me there. I also misremembered the number of comics I had to do and was convinced I needed to create 140 comics, not 130!… so anyway, I checked the figures, I’ve dared to look up and I’m so happy. I hope to keep creating these comics and I hope you’re enjoying the ride.

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112: lost

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100: Practice

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Zomg! 100th comic!! It’s kinda exciting, kinda strange to think so much time has passed, so many comics have happened, and hopefully this is just the start of the journey for the things.

I tried do a big elaborate pinup plus process video for the 100th comic, but software crashed and deleted my process scribbles, plus random layers, and I wasn’t happy with how anything turned out anyway.

Today as I was walking to breakfast with my sweetie I found myself thinking about practice, practice in many different parts of my life and how much I struggle sticking to a practice schedule… I struggle and I could say I suck, but then I thought about all the practice schedules I have stuck with, especially the ones with external motivators. I thought about what Chip Delaney said in one of his essays somewhere, we are what we practice.

Practice is so hard and practice in one thing builds practice muscles for other things… And so I came up with today’s comic. The Things have been an ongoing practice for many months (a year come the end of June). I have not always practiced them consistently, but I try. I’m learning to build my rhythm, learning to be ok with not being perfect, learning to sit with the knowledge that maybe none of my comics will be as good as some of my early comics like Belief or Bad or Thinking or Vulnerable, but if I keep creating who knows what other surprises will come round the corner… I didn’t know those comics were coming to me until they happened, so I just have to keep going and keep discovering and keep wondering what the Things will teach me next.

Thank you for helping me in my practice, may you travel well in yours.

88: more feelings

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61: wasted hugs?

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