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