I was really happy to share To Be Strong, a short autobio comic I drew on a whim last week about power, self-love, and growing into the people we want to be.
I appeared on not one, but TWO great podcasts in January: ComicLab and The Unmistakable Creative. Tune in for discussions about childhood, vulnerability, keeping secrets, financial transparency, and more. (I also wrote a little bit about appearing on The Unmistakable Creative and feeling weeeeeeird, if you want some background.)
"Essentially, the best work that I do is when I say something I really believe to people that I care about." Frank Chimero has an uncanny knack for articulating things I've been thinking with perfect clarity whenever I encounter his writing. I love his goal of creating situations "that allow us to have more in common," and, in doing so, "to somehow harness the auspicious wonder that I think lies at the heart of making".
Emily Riley of Rx Letterpress produced some amazing limited edition, two-color prints for the 100 Demon Dialogues Kickstarter campaign, and now they're up for general purchase! That blue is metallic ink. Yeah. Super rad. (Also, if you backed the Kickstarter: the books are arriving in just a couple weeks! More on that in this project update.)
Hands down the best thing I read this month was how to do nothing, a transcription of a talk given by Jenny Odell at EYEO in 2017. It's a long read, but totally worth it (also kind of the point—meandering through space, meandering through thoughts: this is how I like to think and read and talk and live). It's got BIRDS and ARCHITECTURE and SPACIOUSNESS and LABYRINTHS and LINGUISTICS and GOOD BLOBS. I really would love if you found some time to read it (and maybe even told me your thoughts afterward).
There comes a time in the life of a sailor when he no longer belongs ashore. It’s then that he surrenders to the Pacific, where no land blocks the eye, where sky and ocean mirror each other until above and below have lost their meaning, and the Milky Way looks like the spume of a breaking wave and the globe itself rolls like a boat in the midst of the sinking and heaving surf of that starry sky, and the sun is nothing but a tiny glowing dot of phosphorescence on the night sea.
So...we're going, right?
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