We interrupt your regularly scheduled comic with a change of pace: An autobiographical comic, presented in 1 part for the archive divers. Originally posted for 10 consecutive weeks in 10 parts as an extra on Fridays.
Some of you long-time readers of my work may remember Hans from the comic I started at age 15, Shades of Grey. SoG was with me for eight years of my life, and Hans for even longer. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to wonder more and more what that story represented. I was not in a good place or environment at 15. So much of my coping happened via storytelling, completely unbeknownst to me. So what piece of myself did Hans unconsciously represent, and why did he get written that way?
CJ Joughin creates the comic City of Cards which is about a failed former professional wrestler and his amnesiac ghost hunting partner living in a dystopic, corporate-run, future Reno Nevada. The quote in the comic above was something CJ said to me on a particularly difficult day, when I was feeling especially dominated by fear. I printed that comment out and put it on my wall above my desk. Not long after, I started work on this short. Thank you CJ. Your comment meant a lot to me.