I pencilled this one panel and got distracted before I could finish the second. When I finally got back around to my sketchbook, I had forgotten what the hell this comic was supposed to be about! I inked the first panel when during some writer’s block and figured I’d slap it up here. It’s a nicer note to go out on than yesterday’s comic, I suppose.
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I picked up Sara Benincasa’s Agorafabulous: Dispatches from my Bedroom from the library a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed the book. A memoir detailing Benincasa’s struggles with depression and agoraphobia, Agorafabulous is often funny and occasionally moving. As someone who dealt with depression in my teenage years, Sara’s observations come from a candid, compelling place.
Some of the later chapters read like short stories unto themselves; as a teacher, I was particularly enchanted by the author’s rough appraisal of working with… well, I guess I’ll say “inner city” students although I don’t believe Sara was working near a major metropolitan area.
I picked up the book as I’ve been a fan of Benincasa’s Sex and Other Human Activities podcast, wherein Sara and her co-host Marcus Parks answer questions about… well, pretty much anything, despite the specificity of the show’s name. On one of their earlier shows, Benincasa tells a story about a disastrous one night stand which made my wife and I howl with laughter on a drive somewhere or another. As a response to that, I drew this picture in my sketchbook, depicting one of the scenes described in that woeful tale:
I drew the thing and Ellen liked it enough to encourage me to send it over to Ms. Benincasa… which I did. She liked it enough to mention it on her podcast, which was a very nice thing and thoroughly impressed Ellen, so thanks for that Sara.
At any rate, the book is great, the story I drew this little sketchbook illustration for is included, and you should go out and read it.
A few weeks ago, I was in a professional development and (I know you won’t believe this, but I’m going to come right out and say it) was getting bored. A colleague of mine was doodling on her notebook and she drew this… thing. It sort of looked like a viking egg. I kept it up in my notebook.
It sort of snowballed into a menagerie of breakfast-related characters. That later snowballed into this…
…and then I did this later.
It’s pretty stupid, but I have to admit- I kind of like the designs! They’re cutesy and kind of kid-friendly. I might do a couple of comics this summer with them.
Here are the first couple of panels for a story I started last year about grad school.
I will never finish this.
I’m always looking for stupid stuff. Like…
To be fair, I don’t think Santa and Superman ever actually FIGHT in DC Comics’ Presents #67… they just team-up or something. Still, I want it and the comic yet eludes me. However, I DID manage to find this on Sunday:
Marvel Team-Up #74, with Spidey teaming up with the cast of SNL (well, mostly John Belushi) to fight the Silver Samurai. GENIUS!
I did this doodle in my sketchbook a few months ago while I was at a professional development. I wanted to try to draw off-brand versions of the McDonaldland characters I remember from when I was a kid. I guess I got a little lazy at the end there because I just straight-up draw Grimace in the background there at the end.
I’ve never done this before but for the latest run of comic strips, I’ve been keeping track of characters in my sketchbook. Is this something actual artists do?
I knew I wanted to take the opportunity of focusing on one class to create a couple of memorably designed student characters. In that way, when the same students pop up again and again… it’s easier to notice. Before this year, I always drew whole classrooms of random students, many who ended up looked exactly like one another.
Oh once and awhile I tried to shorehorn in a couple of characters (like Cassie and Winston), but by and large, I stuck with the “large random assemblage” idea. I wanted to try and convey to my readers the feel of how huge being a teacher is these days. I don’t mean the importance of the job… I mean the sheer size. You teach like 150-160 kids a day. Sometimes it seems like one big crowd of kids.
Doing the journalism comics offered me the opportunity to zero in and focus these strips. As you can see, I’ve introduced about twelve recurring students. I find myself often referring to this page to “take attendance” of which characters I’ve used in what capacity and where. I still have the problem of creating similar looking designs for my characters (see the entire right hand column if you don’t believe me) but having something like this page living in my sketchbook has been quite helpful!
I’m afraid I haven’t given them very sharp personalities beyond surface stuff (Devin is sort of negative all the time, Tami is a go-getter/apple polisher) but perhaps that’ll come with time.
Seeing as its’ President’s Day, it’s sketchbook day. New comics tomorrow.
Remember that show Ugly Betty? Of the soapy TV Ellen watches, that was one of the shows I could most tolerate. I liked how over the top it was; almost a parody of soap operas. I also loved how stupid the conceit of the show was, since clearly the actress playing Betty was far from “ugly.” In the other versions of Ugly Betty syndicated around the world, the character was actually portrayed as being sort of hideous… but I guess Americans couldn’t handle that.
At the bottom, a Frank Miller version of one of Elliot and Henry’s favorite cartoons, Super Why. I am NOT a big fan of Super Why, which often seems cloying and silly to me. I have such high standards of television, huh?
Give me Word Girl any day of the week, and twice on Sunday!
Have you ever seen the original Fleischer Brothers Superman cartoons? I picked up a set of them on DVD for Christmas and the boys have been obsessed. They’re quite beautifully produced and I can see why they remain so popular (although their existing in the public domain doesn’t hurt anything). I love that squinty-eyed, he-man version of the character.
A doodle of the Eleventh Doctor… I colored a sketch of the Tenth Doctor sometime last year, so I thought I’d follow suit here.