Man – this strip took a looong time but I learned a lot along the way. The basic script and thumbnailing was easy; the execution, not so much but that’s part of the learning process. Let’s talk about the comic making first.
Being hyper-critical & detail-oriented (except when it comes to drawing feet, seemingly), the coloring was what really held this strip up. My first stab at it didn’t meet my expectations, despite the amount of time it took. And trying to make the street scene use realistic colors while keeping to a color palette drove me nuts.
Once I decided to change it to a monochrome palette, everything fell into place like magic. The inner critic was silenced with some clear direction on how color should be used (black inks for primary elements, colors lightening with distance, etc).
In the end, the first panel is clearly my best one yet. My first stab at it sucked, where I tried to draw the front of our house (a 3 story brownstone-ish building) from memory and ended up with something that looked like a jail. I then used a reference photo which gave a much, much better sense of place.
Now – on to the subject matter!
The captions are indeed real text messages between me & my mom. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter to see the real text messages:
My dad visiting 2-3 times a week for several years is unusual from what I can tell. Clearly there was some vestiges of the whole child-bride idea but with the sense to not have the relationship be finalized until my mom was older. Still, the whole concept is alien to me.
The question in my mind is how an adult-child relationship becomes an adult-adult relationship? It’s not the same as relationships where people don’t see each other for years and then meet again as adults. Curious to hear what you think about this. (PS My parents read this so be nice in your commenting ;))