I have this interest in re-invention as I continue to work on this comic of mine.
What’s the gag, you ask? A drawing of some kids getting on a bus… I don’t get it.
So the thing about this project is basically I get to do whatever I want, since I’m the one paying for it and working on it. If no one looks at it… meh. It’s not like I there is an income attached to this.
If this comes off as a bit of an excuse or an apology for just drawing a “scene” from my little dad-o-verse instead of a comic, it both is and isn’t. The first season of This is Pi Day really did shortcut the art to focus on the story telling. So, this season is shortcutting the story to focus on the art.
Moment have inspired me. Scenes from life. Scenes from the day-to-day. Little glimpses at growing up and captured instances of time. The Kid instagrammed from the bus the day before I drew this. “Just another Friday on the bus.” Because a year ago I was picking her up from daycare and spending fifteen minutes each day hearing her rambling explanation of her day, and now I’ve been replaced by a slip of paper: Dad Life.
It was only a matter of time. I spent years normalizing gaming, and then one day I went looking for her and she had nested in front of my PC, a purpose-built gaming and video editing dual-head desktop with a bunch of great software.
“It is kinda my computer now.” She tells me. “I use it more than you.” Which is kinda true, because she does, and now that she’s shelled out her own money for some expansion packs for games she’s literally invested in it.
Pictured in this sketch, a stylus on tablet (Apple Pencil + iPad Pro + Procreate 5) is a teen playing Minecraft, though what she plays really varies these days. The Sims 4, tops the list actually, and always a YouTube vid on the second screen with some sketch comedy or more-like-than-not a play-along video of the game she’s into.
I’ve also been interested in two things in my sketches these days: detail and atmosphere. The atmosphere and glow of the monitors dampens the impact of the detail, but both are heavy in this sketch.
There is an unwwritten law around here that teenagers should do yardwork for their parents. Mowing grass. Raking leaves. Shoveling snow. Unfortunately, since it’s unwritten it’s also negotiable. In other words, the kid has been charging me ten bucks a pop to keep the driveway clean this winter. Some may call that extortion, I just call it fostering the entrepreneurial spirit.
As 2020 kicks into gear, I’m kicking off season 2 of this web comic. New technology, new format, new style, new schedule. Let me know what you think in the comments.