My co-workers from three jobs ago are featured in my comic strip, as I started the timeline for the strip at that time in my life (about 3 or 4 years ago). They are incredibly good to me and have featured my drawings of them as their avatars for a work message board (or, that’s what I assume it is – we didn’t have it when I was there). One of them sent me a Snap of it, and I have blacked out the names for purposes of privacy, natch:
My husband and father have used my drawings of them for their Facebook profile pictures, and I think a couple of other friends have, too. Pretty cool stuff!
I hope you all had a good 2016. I feel like social media has made it clear that no one did, but I don’t really believe that to be true. If you base your fortune upon how many famous people died, and whether or not your candidate got elected, you’ll never have a good year.
I had the good fortune of getting the job I’ve always wanted this year. Let me rephrase that: I had the good fortune to still do the same thing I’ve been doing all along, but now being able to say that I am employed and featured alongside the same comics I read growing up and was inspired by. It’s amazing what one can accomplish when one actually does things and works at it. (That is my way of saying that I squandered a lot of years not drawing comics and would sit around wondering why no one was discovering me. DOYEE.)
I don’t want to waste my opportunity. I am trying my very best to not be me and fritter away time. It’s hard for me to not be me. Ask me about it sometime.
With that said, I hope your 2017 is full of merriment, good cheer, and jocularity – which is three words that mean the same thing. But I really do mean it. Have a good year. Even if shitty things happen (they will), and even if you don’t feel like it (you might not).
And don’t take advice from cartoonists. What do they know?
I know my comics have been in “reruns” – as in, I’ve ran them before, but not on this particular venue – but I promise they will be new starting sometimes this spring. I’ve been working on the new stuff (I want to stay far ahead – hopefully this happens), and also some other projects. I drew up some gag comics, and I’m a little behind on Shelly Fire!
Curtis Hoffmann, of the Basket Case blog that does webcomic interviews, interviewed me recently regarding not only Amanda the Great, but also other projects I am working on. You can find my interview here, and also check out his other cartoonist interviews.
I wish my brain would remember important things, and not stupid things like that joke about the string walking into the bar and the punchline is, “I’m a frayed knot”.
That said, I forgot to post my interview on the GoComics Bloggy! It’s the straight dope on the woman behind the comic. It’s almost a month old, but still so fresh, so clean clean.
Also, if you ever want to read cartoonist interviews, there are a lot out there – but most notably, there is one site that features interviews from syndicated cartoonists as well as web cartoonists and Sherpa cartoonists! Click here to read Basket Case – In Search of Good Webcomics. Some folks I know have done interviews – check out Garey McKee, creator of Batch Rejection on GoComics!
In an unrelated note, guess who learned how to create links?