Get Seen, Party Style
When I was starting, I made stories with characters. I didn’t really know what a storywas, or what a character was, so I just made it up as I went along.
It worked ok.
I was concentrating on Getting SEEN.
I put out mini-comic after mini-comic of nutty work
I never need a reason to make a comic, but if there was one, it would spur me on. My favorite reason was when Julie Doucet moved to town, I made this comic...
Inspired by her, it featured 4 different stories in different styles. I wasn’t really good at
any of them. That’s ok. I was saying “I am here!”
So in that mini-comic, for instance, a few stories came from dreams.
One was just letting my mind create a dialogue between a sad, vulnerable version of
myself and someone smarter than me but I couldn’t trust. I liked that comic.
I also tried to know if I hit my limit. Most stories I had a terrible time ending.
I tried and tried to get the joke (which I also dreamed) on the last page to fit in a story, or extend past one page, but I couldn't. I put it on the inside back cover.
Getting Seen for me, was about saying "I am here" but also, "this is a gift."
This last part is important.
In my work, even at its silliest, I tried to be truthful... I tried to be honest, and I tried to go far, at least into my own humanity (I didn't know "getting good" would help at this.)
We can't always know if our gifts will be accepted.