I posted this on Facebook about a week ago. I didn’t want it to get slurped into the long-lost archives of that site, so I thought I would copy it over to here. Plus… some of you are still not on Facebook. Lucky you… stay strong.
I’ve now officially been asked “why” by three people, so I’m sure more of you are wondering but afraid to ask.
LONG read ahead…
Yeah, I’ve been posting comics online for the last couple months (and I’ve got new art in the hopper for at least the next two so hold on tight!) It’s me. I drew them. I wrote them. I’m doing my best to be a promoter for the work itself. It’s rough, sometimes stylistically, but I’m aiming for ‘modestly good’ … not amazing or publishable. If you know me, you also know I’ve always had a bit of a creative streak that has manifested itself in various forms over the last 40 years. So, drawing a comic is not entirely unusual I guess. But this time there was a couple motivating factors.
First, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the delicate balancing act between parental oversharing and the drive to post stuff about my kid. Claire is very much my unseen collaborator on all these comics (she “approves” them.) While they are quasi-anecdotal, they are just a cartoon, I think it’s letting me post about dad-stuff while keeping the real life family photos, stories, and drama hidden behind a layer of semi-anonymous artistic licence.
Second, you’ve probably not been paying attention to the philosophical changes happening in our local municipal government (even if you live in my city) but I’m smack dab in the middle of some very positive (if ploddingly slow) changes happening in how the City communicates with people who live and work here. Part of this has has taken the form of the filling of upper management with some different sorts of thinkers, people with creative and people-focused backgrounds, all around a strong community-building focus. These folks are my bosses and now, oddly enough, I’m finding myself a bit of an old-school little-fish in whole different ocean. Rather than bluff my way through it, this little web comic endeavor has been a bit of a evening-work, professional skills-honing project to legitimately round out the obvious gaps in my resume with some skills that include the appropriate buzzwords like “social marketing” and “interactive digital media” and “independently creative.” I don’t want to bunk my way through it, and with another solid 25 years left in my career (hopefully) part of me felt the need to do something that was both interesting to me and professionally useful for my job now and in the future. As unlikely as it seems from an outsider perspective, from my vantage drawing a web comic was a bit of a perfect fit. Thus… lots of comics, lots of shouting from the rafters, and lots of throwing stuff against the metaphorical wall to see what sticks.
Thanks for the awesome support so far, stay tuned, and I hope you’re enjoying it… because the third and BIGGEST reason I’ve been drawing this is that I wanted to make something fun, positive, and hopefully a little bit different … and then use it to fill up your feeds with something besides the angry, politicized, divisive drivel that seems to fill up mine. That is all I have to say about that.
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