I can’t figure out how to put this on the ‘About’ page, so here it is.
We all cruelly prune our option tree – hopefully not into too ludicrous a topiary, but still. I’m very glad you’re still sketching your boulder up the hill. The internet wouldn’t be the same without you.
Validation is a bitch.
b.pat, you’re the fucking best. Or at least very fucking good.
I think it was David Byrne who said that it is our very demons, the thoughts and ideas that haunt us, that also make us create. In a way I’m quite convinced that if you hadn’t your crippling fear and anexiety the comics wouldn’t be half as good. Your Goblin Rocket comic makes a very good point on this topic.
Now, I’m a pretty critical person and honestly I can’t think of anything I’d change in regards to your work (although perhaps consider how magnificent life can be sometimes – what if solipsism turns out to be wrong?). Your comics are one of the very few I look forward to reading.
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After a certain incident a few years ago my ability to communicate well got kicked in the balls by my depression/anxiety. I used to be consistently eloquent, or at least able to get words out without trouble and maybe make them sound good, now it’s a coin flip. If I have the time to find the words I can manage, but that can mean a day for a few paragraphs. (And constant editing/rewriting because I still hold myself to my previous standards.) Plus I default a strange formality because maybe if I follow certain Rules the words won’t go away. Being crazy is weird.
I tend to rely on art as shorthand; the words are already there and on tap. I quote movies, music, books, and I have a folder full of articles and comics and other media I can link people to when I run out of words of my own. I can’t count how many times I’ve linked one of your comics because you’ve perfectly encapsulated something I was trying to communicate but had lost the ability to say myself. It’s a good day for words so I’ll keep going.
I used to debate a lot, before the aphasia, actual debating (as in being able to argue either side regardless of how I feel on the matter personally, because if BOTH sides aren’t being considered it’s not a debate), and I really enjoy a well put opinion on anything, whether I agree or not. And there are a lot of things I don’t know how I feel about. Your philosophical are always well crafted, even if I don’t agree. Or don’t know if I agree, because I have my own feelings and you make excellent points but not enough for me to fully change my mind.
You make comics that make me think, and when you don’t you make comics that help me make other people think. Both are invaluable to me. You’ve been flotsam for the drowning (a certain goblin craftsman comes to mind), I think every time I’ve finished a comic with a sad little “oh” or “that’s depressing” I’ve saved it to show to people when talking about my illness.
I’m running out of words now. Just thank you. It can be hard to see the impact of your work at times, so.
Is it a web comic around the idea of “My life cannot be summarised in web comic form?”
If so, I reply (in a teasing tone) “Of course it doesn’t”.
Life is messy, and web comics are linear narratives. I don’t think it’s possible to capture the whole of oneself in a linear format.
My favourite quote about this comes from Elton John’s song writer, who described writing songs about people as “trying to fit a whale in an egg”
If you’re looking for something to capture who you are, I just don’t think it’s possible. I think you can only endeavour to capture and communicate aspects of yourself.
That’s my understanding. I hope I’ve read it right.
hey, having kids is like skipping the existential crisis of your life. not that it helps too much, but the crisis is diverted elsewhere.
also i have to note that your comics are really thoughtful and honest, all you need is a lot more promotion to your work.
If this wasn’t about massaging your ego or fishing for compliments then you might be happy. Currently your comics suggest you have a huge ego but not the huge audience to massage it. Try dropping the ego, enjoy drawing what you draw, don’t care if it’s relevant or not or even appealing to others and with practice you will make it work. If you get compliments – great! If you get nothing – also great as it can mean people are reading and enjoying or no-one is reading yet. If people criticize your work – listen and decide what is worth taking on board and what to ignore.
Stop waiting for the world to turn you into a superstar. Stop waiting for your ego to be massaged by a few nice people. …otherwise you’ll be miserable for the rest of your life.
It’s a common trap of artists/creatives – waiting for fans of their work to gather around and praise them. I guess after all the hard work they expect some recognition…. but just enjoy the craft, the experimentation and the practice. You’ll enjoy it all so much more if you do.
So she wept you off your feet… 🙂
I appreciate what you do. Thank you for the comic. Keep up the good work.
Every 5 to 10 years we finally figure out who we really are.
Wow , i’m french and i try to learn english with your website !
Is very cool to see your work and i like that !
Great comic as always.
I’m curious–what’s behind the “wait, I’m fucking it up again” scribbles?
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