So I am going am starting a web comic! Lately, I have been steeping in many excellent online comics and thinking about my roots. Painting and graphic design is all fine and dandy but I really cut my drawing teeth on drawing comics. During my Dad’s weekly Sunday nap when I was bored out of my face and too afraid of bugs/cold/nature/life to go outside, I would hang out in my room with a $3 writing tablet and draw comics. I had different sets of characters – one was a family of big nosed creatures who’s adventures were tame and familial until my pre-teens when they all got thin (they had been comically round across the board) and wanted to date, wear make up and go shopping. Go figure. But Archie comics, Calvin and Hobbes, Sailor Moon, For Better or Worse, Lynda Barry and whatever else I could take out of the Saskatoon Public Library (even with their limited & sad selection, I RARELY borrowed Cathy comics. She was too one-dimensional for even a 9 year old version of me) informed my weekends and off-hours.
ANYWAY enough history. All these comic artists who are making fun and funny work online is inspiring me to return to my roots and make a comic. I have the idea and everything, PLUS it requires some assistance from the rest of the world.
The Name: TBA
The Idea: friends, strangers, readers can send in their tales of drug-doing (or wild drinking – booze is a drug too), and I will make a comic out of the story. I haven’t had a very wild life and I get a big kick out of hearing great drug-doing stories. They are the modern day adventure tale and I want to draw about them.
The request: Email me your drug doing stories! I don’t care if they have happy, sad, or squalid endings, but if you have a great story (or 2 or 3 or 4) that gets told a lot in a bar, you could send it in. If you don’t want your name used, pick a new name. Same for other members of the story. If I don’t know you , a description or picture of you could help. Or I make it up. Whatever. gilliangoerz(at)gmail(dot)com
The disclaimer: this is in IDEA form right now so I make zero promises about what the outcome will look like; I don’t promise to be faithful to the wording of whatever is sent in; I may create two of them and then HATE doing it and quit; I may love it and make these for the next 10 years. Bottom line is: I promise nothing. Sounds good, don’t it? Ya-huh!