Hey there, folks!
For those of you who didn’t get the Gauntlet reference, I’m sorry for the weird title of today’s blog. For those of you who did, I’m the green wizard because:
I’ve been thinking about why I love comics so much. I could give you a big ol’ blog post detailing my journey as a comic-reader and regaling you all with how comics affected my life, but that would take a very long time. N-not that I had already written most of a first draft of that very thing and then scrapped it to write this one…no, deeefinitely not!
It’s hard to pin down why comics are so special to me. Maybe it’s because my two creative loves, writing and drawing, are combined into one magnificent, expressive media in comics. Reading comics helped me manage my anxiety before I knew what anxiety was, and making comics gave me a unique way to express my voice. There are likely a multitude of reasons more, but these are the ones that stick out to me right now.
In recent years, making comics has been a very therapeutic process for me. I’d make comics about my feelings to figure out what they were, or about my anxieties to figure out what was causing them. Sometimes I made comics just about experiences or peaceful moments. Aaand then there were the cat comics. So many cat comics.
I’ve discovered that comics give me a kind of energy. I can be feeling sluggish and unmotivated to do anything, but then I’ll take a moment to check some of the many (MANY) webcomics I keep up with, and suddenly my energy level is high again! I’m full of vigor and inspiration, and I get done what needs doing. Seeing all the amazing artwork makes me want to draw better and improve my skills, and experiencing all the amazing stories makes me want to write in interesting and new ways. Even if the task at hand isn’t comics related, I can still get pretty hyped up over something cute or fangirly. I haven’t emitted a “SQUEEE” since my high school weaboo days, but I’ve come pretty dang close!
As a side note, do any of you dear readers read Namesake, Daughter of the Lilies, or Stand Still Stay Silent? If not
YOU SHOULD then you probably don’t know what I’m going on about, and that’s okay BUT REALLY GO READ THEM RIGHT NOW THEY’RE GREAT. Those of you who do know what I’m talking about…let’s have a rousing round of internet squeeing in the comments! I’ll be doing various blog posts about my very favorite webcomics (ho-lee crap do I read a lot of webcomics), so there is much squeeing and fansploding to be had. If you have any webcomics that are your favorites, definitely let me know in the comments, I’m curious what you all read! </side_note>
Making comics with Aiden has been a really special thing for me, not only because making comics is awesome, but making comics and crafting stories with Aiden is so cool! I love hearing his ideas and watching his creativity unfold as we write. He comes up with some really fun ideas for characters and world-building elements, he’s great at troubleshooting with me when I’ve got issues with a story I’m working on, and he’s got a great storyteller’s voice. Most important to me though has been how working with Aiden has really taught us both a lot about collaboration and communication. There have been some rough patches, but ultimately it’s made us stronger. We communicate much better now that we understand how we present and process information, and we’re more aware of what each of us looks for in communication. That’s another topic we’ll be covering later, likely in a joint blog post, which should be both fun and informative.
Thanks for reading! Til next time,