Throughout my childhood and adolescence I made multiple attempts to maintain a regular journal. Like, an everyday sort of journal. But it was always more of an every-other-day or once-a-week journal, and when I did return to writing I had this compulsion to acknowledge my absence and apologize (to myself?) for it. I won’t apologize anymore! But I will say: it’s been a while (clearly). Here is what I’ve been up to lately…
In September I wrapped up the third issue of I Cut My Hair, a project I’d been working on for the better part of a year. Unlike the daily journal format of the first two issues, this one is a self-contained story about a trip I took to Beijing last summer. (There’s some relationship stuff in there too).
Lots of backgrounds featuring classical Chinese architecture and dialogue in Chinese (a language I don’t speak or write) meant that working on it was slow-going, and I finished it over the course of a jam-packed sleep-deprived week just in time for the Alternative Press Expo. There are still some little things to tweak here and there for the second printing, but soon I’ll have more copies available for sale. Details on that to follow, but for now those in Portland can pick up a copy at Reading Frenzy. I expected that I would feel some degree of postpartum depression at finishing up this issue, but mostly I’m just glad to have it done!
Next up on my agenda is building the ol’ website. I’d like for it to function as both a comics and illustration portfolio and as a blog where I can post sketchbook drawings, works-in-progress, and one-shot short comics pieces. Plus some stuff about my life, I suppose. (I’ll keep it riveting). After working on this China story for so long I’m looking forward to fleshing out the thumbnails and ideas that have amassed in my sketchbook pages over the past few months.
For now, here is a sampling of doodles, some of which are keeping in line with the monster theme of my last post: