It’s March, the time each year when I make a public effort to commit to a daily writing practice. Today was also the due date for my first assignment in the online comics class I’m taking. We were supposed to write a 2-page comic introducing ourselves and sharing one interesting/surprising thing about ourselves. Yes, of course I agonized over this last bit. Interesting and surprising? About me? Mind = blank. In the end, I settled for introducing myself and Adventures in Racism because, even if I am pretty run of the mill, I do believe my comic is interesting and surprising. Here’s what I submitted:
(I’m scanner-less today, so the image quality is weird.) This is the first comic drawing I’ve done in over a year. Which is crazy to realize. I’ve been writing scripts for comics, but haven’t been able to get myself to do any drawing. So I’m glad this class kick-started me. It’s long past time to get to work on the new scripts I’ve written. As for this one, I have to say the GirlGriot-as-Superman-fleeing-the-boulder is one of my favorite things at this moment. I’d love to know what you think of the drawing, and of the coloring. In the perfect world of the future, I’ll use Adobe Illustrator to create the images for my comics, but I feel that world is a LONG way off. And working on the drawings for this assignment reminded me that, as much as the polish of Illustrator appeals to me, I really like my not-at-all-polished line drawings.
It’s that time again. Time for the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC)! If you’ve spent more than a minute reading If You Want Kin, than you already know about the March challenge and the wonderful space that is Two Writing Teachers. If not, welcome to the ninth annual challenge! Back in 2008, moments after I started this blog and was trying to figure out what that meant, I was lucky enough to stumble into the very first SOLSC. It was tiny then — I think we were only about a dozen folks. Now there are hundreds of slicers all over the world. Thanks to this challenge, March in one of only two times a year when I can be counted on to post regularly (yes, we all see how well I did with that February fiction challenge …), and for that I am ever grateful. If you haven’t sliced before, now’s a great time to start!