Hey, Toronto folks! Zine Dream is coming up soon! I’ll be tabling at the zine fair, but also taking part in a panel discussion about the process of writing comics, titled Writing VS. Art: Where do comics begin with the lovely cartoonists Kat Verhoeven, Patrick Kyle, and E Howey. Here’s the brief:
There are as many ways to make comics as there are individuals, but can they be broken down to reflect a person’s motives to create meaning as a writer or an artist first? For some, a script must be crafted prior to layouts, thumbnails, drawings — for others, an idle drawing becomes a scene, a scene becomes a narrative, and the story unfolds before they realize where it’s going. Still others can’t create a comic without a clear and driving deeper purpose. Creators Kat Verhoeven, Jason Bradshaw, Patrick Kyle, and E Howey discuss the pieces of the puzzle necessary to complete a comic, and how their practices differ in shape, size, and intent.
We’re all coming at comics from different directions, so I think it could be a really interesting discussion. Come check it out!
Quit what you don’t love
Going through piles of old drawings and scraps today and came across this. Drawn in, I think, the summer of 2011 when I was a damn mess at the time and trying to work my way through it. Don’t think I’ve ever shown this to anybody.
Currently in court with my previous landlord over issues of property neglect and abuse, while simultaneously being evicted by my current landlord through bogus reasoning because he wants to raise the rent. Seriously, all landlords are bastards.
I’ve been having the worst sort of creative block lately but I’m back at the drawing board in full force today. New comic coming atcha soon <3
Idle Thoughts - Fucking trash cans
King Cat crush mush
So, these are the first two pages of a comic I was making for Zine Crush about my love of King-Cat comics and John Porcellino. I’m scrapping it cause it’s not so good, but I like this two page sequence of me “discovering” King Cat at the Beguiling. It’s been a pretty big influence on me both creatively and personally and holds a very, very dear place in my heart.
If you’re unfamiliar with John P, you should get acquainted: http://whatthingsdo.com/authors/john-porcellino/
Idle thoughts - Men
This past week, since the horrific shooting in Santa Barbara, has been so telling as to who are really wonderful, grounded people in my life are and who I need to write off entirely. So tired of these apologist, MRA tendencies popping up in my friend groups entirely dismissing the patriarchal culture we live in and the disgusting amount of violence that women face every day. I’m tired of my male friends telling me that they’re one of the “nice guys” and that they respect women while simultaneously using misogynistic, oppressive language against them. I’m tired of the lack of recognition that so many of the men in my life have for their own privilege as straight white dudes. I’m tired of the fact that these are conversations that we even need to be having. I’m just fucking tired.