Born to Stand Out
Please excuse the supposed time travel in this comic: it’s meant to be Loki thinking about his greatest moment. I guess it seems a little unclear, but hey, that’s art for you!
If you want to do me a big favour, please consider buying a print of this comic. I quit my job last week to draw full time and I’m more than a little nervous about the prospect. But whatever. I’m gonna stand out.
We’ll Get There
This one’s a sequel of sorts to my earlier Pokemon-inspired comic. It’s all fair and good to dedicate yourself to improving, but it’s not always easy to keep going. I think I’m at about the Mt Moon stage of developing my art career: I’ve made a start and had some little successes, but there’s a big dreary cave on the horizon that I just need to push through.
SO THEN, let’s get going. Because if something’s important enough, it’s worth fighting for.
If you like this comic and you want to support a struggling artist (who is quitting his day job tomorrow), you can buy a print of this comic or the first Pokemon one at my Etsy store. Buy both together and save £5!
Hey I went to your etsy store do you have any more zelda prints and if you don't do you know when you will get some
Oops, thanks for bringing this to my attention! I seem to have accidentally set the quantity too low. It’s fixed now, and back in stock.
Phew. Okay, so this is a bit scary. I’m opening my shop.
You guys have been asking for prints for a while, so I got some made but basically I’m just really worried that you won’t like them so I’ve been holding off. But I think it’s time to take a breath and give this a spin. I’ve got prints of four comics, and a little book which I sold at the convention we did last year. If there’s anything else you’d like, for example original artwork or commissions or a print I’ve not made, let me know and I’ll see about arranging it.
Because I feel so nervous, I’ve decided to sweeten the deal: I have the original lineart for my Mario comic, which was drawn by hand, and the first sixteen orders will receive one of the panels from the original line art free, as a way of me saying thank you.
I hope you guys like my shop and that my products work. Wish me luck in my continued goal of quitting my day job and drawing full time to support my family!
Visit my store here.
Sorry I’ve been gone for so long: I’ve been working on some prints and building a little shop. This, however, is my favourite of these comics yet, so I wanted to share it.
My wife and I recently rewatched all the Harry Potter films, and I was reminded how much more I identify with Neville than with Harry. Then my wife got the idea that we should join Pottermore. She got sorted into Ravenclaw, obviously (and of course we take the Pottermore sorting very seriously), but while I was expecting Hufflepuff, instead I got… Griffindor?!
Well, I guess if Neville can turn out to be heroic, there’s hope for all of us, right?
PS: Oh, if anyone’s interested I’ll be dissecting this comic and giving a behind the scenes commentary on Twitter.
Mario: Never Give Up.
Hoo boy, this one took a lot of effort to finish. But I suppose that’s fitting given the subject matter.
I have never finished the original Super Mario Bros. It is an insanely difficult game and truth be told, I’m just not a good enough gamer to beat it.
But that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trying. And I guess that’s a lesson worth taking to heart.
The Legend of Zelda: True Courage
You wanna know something embarrassing? When I was a kid, Zelda boss battles used to scare me. It took a long time before I saw the fun in the challenge of the fight.
Sometimes though it’s the little acts of courage that make all the difference. Because standing up against King Dodongo taught me how to stand up against the other big scary fears of my life.
Next Week: Mario
Doctor Who: Regenerate!
I know regenerations are always made out to be sad moments as we say goodbye to a particular incarnation of The Doctor, but I can’t help but feel a little jealous.
Surely I can’t be the only one who, on difficult and stressful days, imagines burning away every drop of frustration and becoming somebody brand new and burden-free.
Next week: Zelda!
Pokemon: The Very Best
This comic is not just about training Pokemon.
This comic is for me when I think about my art; for my sister-in-law when she worries about her university studies; for countless others who wish that they could be better than anyone else at something.
At the end of the day, there is no meauring stick with any real meaning other than this: are we better at something today than we were yesterday, and what can we do to be better still tomorrow?
Next week: Doctor Who