Coming up for A.I.R.

Is anyone surprised that the thing bringing me back to my blog is my comic?  Episode 2 is here, folks!  If you’ve read this blog for more than a minute, you’ll recognize the content from my post, Early Learning. But now with funny drawings!

I’m very happy with one particular thing about this episode: my drawing is getting better, which is fun to see.  I worked pretty hard on this one, and I’ve started reading the excellent comics text books I have on “permanent borrow” from the library (no, I haven’t stolen them, I just keep renewing them … as no one else seems to want them, I have no guilt about this at all).*  I’ve mapped out a much more complete set of episodes, enough that I think this will be some kind of graphic memoir when I’m done a hundred years from now.  That’s kind of fun.

There are some things that I don’t like about this episode: I’ve fallen back into my too text-y habits.  Really, this episode is more like a picture book than a comic.  So much text!  I have to work on that.  Also, there’s a page that’s full-on digression, a page I really should have deleted but just couldn’t.  And I can see it happening with one of the episodes I’m working on right now.  A much bigger digression that I think I’m going to have to part with.  We’ll see.

I think I have to change the title, however, and that makes me sad.  I really like the title.  But after putting out the first episode, I found a blog with the same name.  It doesn’t seem so active, but it’s out there.  And, while I know there’s no copyright on title, it still feels weird knowing she’s out there and that she thought of it first.  Yes, I thought of it organically — hadn’t heard of her blog first — and I’ve been saying it for years when I’ve told these stories, but still.  So I have to think about that some more.

In the mean time, here’s Episode 2!!

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I so welcome your comments and feedback.  This is still a very new process/medium for me, so anything you have to offer is entirely welcome!

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* Well, okay, clearly I have a little guilt or I wouldn’t need to say that, right?  Hmm …

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18 thoughts on “Coming up for A.I.R.

  1. Love, love, love it. There are no rules on words in comics. Maybe your comic is more of a graphic novel. But whatever you call it, it is a wonderful and amazing story. Love your illustrations and your use of the English language. I want more.

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  2. This is really great. I remember reading your earlier post about your kindergarten experience, and you friend there–it stuck with me. I think this version is also going to stick. Adding visuals to text is so powerful. Excellent work.

    I did have a moment of confusion when first seeing Michael. You’d just introduced your brother, and I didn’t immediately notice the differences in boys between that panel, and the prayer panel. I think it’s because the checkered shirt was more salient to me than the hair. Was that a uniform, or would it be possible to represent the 2 boys with different shirts? Or maybe include a little arrow label to Michael like you did in the panel with Tony? Just a thought.

    By the way, I especially love that panel of little you with all the thought bubbles reflecting on what Michael said. So effective, and visually appealing.

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    1. Oh, such a good point, Alejna! Yes, we wore uniforms, and I can totally see how Michael need some introduction. I’ll go back and add a little detail.

      The “Hand of God” panel is maybe my favorite in the piece. I liked thinking my way through how to make that one. I’m glad you liked it!

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  3. Bravo, my friend. You are honing your skills in this medium and using it to tell a powerful and important story! The combination of words and images held me tightly, thrilled to move through your story with a “happy” ending that left “the Michaels” in the dust. Good for Tony and Cecelia and your love of books and public school? Glad you’re back. I’ve been missing a new post from you in my email box.
    Bonnie

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  4. i loved reading this, and loved getting to read about a snippet of your childhood. very cool. it read as both a complex & simple story in the best ways of both, if that makes sense. would also love to see what some of our* students would write about after reading this. (*ok neither of us teach right now, but you know what i mean.)
    also, the South Pacific digression was my favorite part, stylistically! (though the hand of god was a close 2nd! i was snorting in laughter, which was nice in a really touching panel).

    can’t wait to read more!

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    1. Thanks, Josh! It would be interesting to have our students (hey, they’re always our students, right?) read these. I got some great feedback on Sunday from a couple of young people I met. Maybe once I have a chapbook-sized set of stories we can figure out a way to share it with a class or two …

      And thanks for the South Pacific nod. Even though I felt it was a crazy digression, I also thought the comic didn’t work as well without it, so I’m glad you liked it!

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  5. So happy to see these GG, I don’t even know where to start! Being called ‘colored’, wow that brought back some memories. Poignant and yet humorous, you hit all the notes perfectly. Still giggling at your onomatopoeic expression..

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    1. I know, that “colored” stopped me, too. When I was first writing this, I was writing “black” and then I realized that was 2013-Stacie swapping out an unsavory word for the one I’d prefer. It was weird to write it every time I put it in. Funny how just writing it down could be so strange for me.

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  6. Sonia

    i love this story. And the digressions are not digressive at all, they’re essential and they move the story along. I did have the same problem Alejna did about cnofusing Tony and Michael at first, but I think her suggestion about a little arrow pointing to Michael with his name, like the one for your brother, will solve the problem with very little trouble.

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  7. I love this (and I do remember the stories)!! Yes, it’s text-heavy, but I love your words as well as your drawings (fantastic hand 🙂 ), so I’m not complaining. You’re amazing! 🙂

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