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Most of y’all have heard me go on before about my webcomic Fairy Locks, which I started cobbling together in December 2015, and the particulars of which can be summarized in this past CE post from a year back and change: https://the-avocado.org/2018/08/14/the-creative-endeavors-thread-is-in-it-for-the-long-haul/
Four years later, after false starts and stops, creative overstretch, the massive existential horror of the 2016 election, my involvement a year later in painting, my growing fondness for single illustrations as conveyors of narrative, and my increasing awareness of how the way I made comics didn’t really match up to the care with which I did “singles”… I finished this weekend. There was a bit of story truncation (I’d originally planned thirty-six posts) and I wound up switching back to a smaller format in the last issue so I could more easily work on the ending while at my mom’s house in Louisiana last week (necessitating some quick redraws as I realized I’d used too heavy a pen for too small a page; that said, I kind of like the idea of finishing in the same format with which I started). It’s also clear to me in more than a few ways that I’ve changed along with the world (in better ways, I hope, than the world) since I started this project over four years ago, and I think the story and characters reflect that, even if in relatively minor ways.
Nevertheless, I’m very happy about this, not least in that it clears the deck for me to throw myself back into more random projects (especially painting, which has fallen by the wayside these past few months), even as I’m trying to develop a more regular method of creative production for the looming new decade. I’ve learned a lot about my skills and capabilities at this kind of thing (regardless of how one sees the relative quality level, I don’t think there’s any question that I’ve gotten a lot better since I started), and I’m already planning maybe two (much) shorter comics later this year.
What are you looking forward to creatively in 2020 (or indeed, the 2020s)?