Since I just did an auto-bio comic focused on my past (for Sweaty Palms) I wanted to do one looking at my present. In a way it’s a small attempt of holding onto where we are right now as a family. The cliche about kids growing so fast is so devestatingly true.
I wasn’t too concerned with plot with this one, I was looking instead to capture a moment in time.
The lecture I’m listening to in the comic is by Michael Puett, a professor at Harvard.
The book I’m reading is The Complete Works of Zhuangzi by Burton Watson.
I first read about Zhuang Zhou ( or Zhuangzi ) in the McSweeney’s magazine The Believer. The May 2013 issue. It’s an “interview” with him. It’s really funny and worth a read if you’re interested.
Lastly, I also read Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh’s excellent book on Chinese philosophy while I was working on this comic, It’s called The Path.
I started this comic about a year and a half ago for DoubleThink Comics. I wanted to do a simple fantasy story with a main character my daughter, Sadie, would like. I got started quickly but after sitting down to work on it one night I couldn’t bring myself to make a single mark. I couldn’t bring myself to work on any comics at all for the next six months or so.
During that time I started thinking a lot about what I was doing, in terms of comics and illustration, and why. I got really into Shigeru Mizuki, Kaoru Mori and Satoshi Kon’s manga. I remembered the comic one day and decided to use it to test out some of the ideas I’d been having. I ended up completely redrawing most of what I had done with redesigned characters and rewriting most of the dialogue.
So, after working on it off and on for a year like that I finished tonight. I learned a lot making this one, I hope you guys like it.