It’s been a busy year, and a good one, with a lot to reflect on and be thankful for.
At the beginning of 2015, I was finishing my fairytale comic Home for Maple Key Comics 6, and I am still incredibly proud of the work I put into that 23 page comic.
I moved from there onto chapter 4 of Wit’s End, which I finished drawing in May. In that chapter I introduced a new setting in the wizard’s tower, which is the most complicated and time intensive place to draw of any comic I’ve done so far, but it’s proven to me that a greater dedication to setting and background details can be a huge boon to a story. I one of my upcoming projects the setting will have a huge role to play, and I’m excited to push that potential further.
In May I also started dating Tom, a fellow cartoonist, classmate of mine at The Center for Cartoon Studies and longtime friend. We tabled at MeCAF in Portland, Maine later that month, which is always a lovely show. In June we moved to Chicago with another friend, to see what life for a cartoonist might hold outside of White River Junction, VT.
I jumped into chapter 5 of Wit’s End as soon as we settled in, and finished it in September. Tom and I went back to Vermont/Massachusetts for a few days to attend Topatocon, which was one of our favorite tabling experiences to date. In October we tabled at Project Comic Con, I got to meet one of my cartooning heroes and we were able to visit some of my friends from college I hadn’t seen in years.
At the end of the month, I got my wisdom teeth out. The day after, I was offered a job at a tiny Chicago coffee shop, which is where I’m sitting as I write this. I started as soon as my jaw stopped bleeding and I could get around with only moderate pain killers.
In November I launched a kickstarter to print Wit’s End, which was successfully funded by the target date in December. I presented a cartooning workshop at The Hays Public Library, searched out Chicago comic book stores that will carry my book once it prints, and combed the book for errors. I also had my one page adaptation of Rapunzel published in the Vermont alt weekly Seven Days, got a paper on world building and social justice in fantasy and science fiction accepted to an academic conference and Wit’s End got it’s first review from The Newest Rant (keep your eyes peeled for a upcoming review on High-Low!). ↓ Read the rest of this entry…