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C07P33 – Worthy of Love

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Sometimes, working on a page, I’ll get a little choked up. Not gonna lie, this was one of those pages. Everyone should have someone in their life that reminds them that they are worthy of love. If you don’t, then let me take a moment to say:

You, my friend, are worthy of love.

Please don’t forget it!!

This weekend I was able to reclaim some papers that I thought I’d lost. Old drawings that I’d done, from very young childhood up through early teens. I’ve only just started to go through them, and I thought it might be fun to share some of the highlights with you.

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To start at the very beginning, here are two little “books” I made as a kid. The one at the top I probably made between 3 and 5. I’d guess the second set is from sometime age 5 to 6? This story of the “Little Aliens” is one that I wrote over and over and over again as a kid. I know these are only two of several other copies. Each one got more refined, with better artwork and a more elaborate story. The tale is about a family of aliens that crash-lands in the ocean and is rescued by a ship/crane operator. The children of these aliens (sometimes it’s just a baby, and other times it’s a baby and older sibling – my guess is this change is due to my little sister being born when I was 3) go through the house causing trouble. The father alien, in a series of failed attempts to stop the children, is crushed by a refrigerator, flushed down the toilet, and hit in the head with a tomato and a turkey.

The thing that cracks me up the most about these books are the bindings. I remember being very, very adamant that I bind them myself, and by all things holy I was going to do it RIGHT and ON MY OWN. I have a very clear memory of studying books. How they opened, what side they opened from. I recall opening and shutting books over and over.

And after all that research, I bound the books with twist ties on the exact wrong side.

This kind of focused repetition (one story, one subject, one area of interest) seems like a common childhood experience. What tasks have you noticed a child repeating, or what did you yourself try over and over growing up?

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You know who else is worthy of love? YOU, madame! Those aliens are the most adorable thing I’ve seen all week. Isn’t it fun to find stuff you drew as a tiny thing?

I re-told Cinderella countless times growing up. It always bugged me that in the original story that a) Cinderella and the prince didn’t actually know each other at all before they up and got married and b) Cinderella just sat around at home and let her actions be dictated by her stepmother even though she was supposedly so intelligent and good at everything. “Why didn’t she just go work as a governess or something? She’s a merchant’s daughter! She qualified!” …Yeah, little me was a smart-ass. But anyway, yeah, I “fixed” that story over and over again.

I did the same thing!! It always bothered me how easy it was for characters to overcome challenges in cartoons. Everything would just coincidentally work out in the best possible way, and the effort they had to put in was relatively little compared to how badly things could have gone. I would re-tell the stories to myself over and over, having everything that went right turn horribly wrong and seeing if the characters could get out of a more difficult situation.

You rock, Robin. 🙂 You are worthy of all of the good things that are coming to you.

Your books are gorgeous! I did the same thing as a child, wrong side and all, only I used a stapler.

I never had focused repetition, and even as a child I found it very odd. I guess I was too busy going “ooh I want to learn this– now that– now this”. The closest I can get to a focus throughout my life is stories and narrative in general.

Haha! Great minds think alike? Or at least, have the same problems with book binding…

The neat thing about stories is that everything you learn can make your craft better, regardless of the experience of subject. I think it’s just as valid to jump all over the place learning things as it is to focus on one narrow thing.

All of the hugs for everyone involved!

I had a story about a race of triangle-headed people and a race of elf-like people. They didn’t know the other existed until one of the elves crashlanded on the triangle planet. And then everyone fell in love. I suppose that’s relevant…? (Also, the characters were mostly named after people from Lord of the Rings, because I have never been good at coming up with names.)

Hopefully all the hugs make up for all the sads?

I think triangle-headed people is a delightfully odd contrast to elf-people. Dwarves? Pff, forget them. These people have triangle heads.

Augh NAMES. I’ve always been so bad at names. SoG in particular suffered my terrible tendency to name people in ways related to their powers or personality. I just excused it by creating a naming culture that encouraged that. I world-built AROUND MY INABILITY TO MAKE GOOD NAMES. Names, man. NAMES.

I think so. Ravazhi is wonderful.

(The contrast worked especially well because my method of drawing “real people” heads at the time was an oval. It was a very shape-focused story.)

I am bad at committing to names. At this point, I have a character who has had at least four names (possibly closer to six depending on how I track her inception).

Everyone is worthy of love, Kali. And if your father doesn’t provide it, there are plenty of other places where it can be found! All you have to do is look around.

Hmmm…I can’t really remember any repetitive tasks until I was a teenager. Then, like you I would draw certain things over and over again. Predator, Ghost Rider, Darkhawk…then when I got into my original stories it would be repetitive images of the characters from those stories.

In my drawing pads you could always tell what phase I was in by the pictures contained within.

I’m definitely discovering phases like that going through this old work. I never realized how often I repeated the same stories and characters, but I revisited many of them as many as four or five times over several years. Very interesting how we learn!

Aw, poor Kali. this page hit me right in the feels.

I had the repetitive task when I was really young of ordering my older brother to draw for me. Apparently I was very particular about they way I wanted things and would make a huge fuss about it. My mother claims to have been so happy when I learned to pick up a pencil and draw myself.(outside of my always drawing on walls and my arms)

I remember I used to always be writing as a kid. During free time I would be writing out stories. My best friend and I wrote a whole retelling of cinderella where there are mazes,traps,riddles and two princes during one gym session.

I made multiple books as a kid with plastic spiral binding(think they’re called combs) and card stock covers.Or I took to trying to sew/glue pages together to get a hardcover I had a series of books called burger lord where their food came to life. I also really liked writing about “super mom” which was really just my mother as a superhero…

It’s kinda sad knowing I haven’t written nearly as much as when I was young.

I wouldn’t be too sad on yourself. I know that the amount I’ve written has waxed and waned throughout my life. A lot of it depends on what you have time and energy for. Give it time, and do enough to keep the skills alive, but they’ll still be there when the moment is right.

Your “super mom” stories sound amazing. How incredible those must have made your mother feel!

I was all over the place as a kid, but one continuous comic series I drew was “Wakko’s Way”, which was about Wakko the Zebra and Snakey the Snake doing weird and awesome stuff like changing colors by force of will, hosting their own Jungle News station, and sometimes getting their lion, giraffe and parrot friends involved. I’m sure it was very Tiny-Toons (and later Animaniacs) inspired.

Beautifully done page. I teared up too.

I don’t remember much from before I was twelve, when I discovered Elfquest. After that, I became obsessed with making this one comic. It started out as a knight who discovered a dragon and was told to go slay it by the king and queen. He was also told to take the court jester with him since the jester annoyed the king. I made four different comic starts from that one idea, each one getting more serious than the previous (and more blatantly ripping off ElfQuest), adding in more characters and complicating the plot. The idea is now a short story in my head, completely different from what it started out as.

Another obsession with telling stories with the Greek Gods in modern time eventually led to my first webcomic.

ELFQUEST!!! That was such a huge inspiration on me too!! I’ve recently started slowly acquiring the old full-color hard-backs. Got the first two, slowly building the collection up. It’s been amazing to revisit them and realize how significantly they impacted my drawing style, even now. Especially in Zhiro’s design!

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