New Year’s Fireworks

This is Pi Day #100

Now that the end of 2019 has arrived, I’m kicking off a brand new season of This is Pi Day. Call it a New Year’s Resolution: draw more!

If you’ve actually been paying attention and have wondered where I went, here’s the thing: the kid got older. She grew up a bit, darn it all! It was inevitable. It was destined. It was gonna happen whether I buried my head in the snow and pretended it wasn’t.

The first season of This is Pi Day was a couple things:

  1. It was a dad dabbling in a multi-panel cartooning format with the intention of telling some of those “look what kids do… haha!” stories to immortalize all those things everyone tells you as a parent to write down. I wrote them down, illustrated, and published.
  2. It was a guy mucking around in an artistically safe format, building off a template and a slowly growing library of art assets that made for efficient creation of comics but started to make me feel a bit stagnant as an artist.

The second season is going to flip that around. The kid is older, hitting her teens and less open to a dad poking (lovingly) fun at her foibles and folly. It’s going to focus on:

  1. A dad observing and coping with the changing nature of parenting as he switches from being the doting dad of a pre-teen to the “my daughter is now an interesting young woman” mode of parenting through teenagerhood.
  2. An artistic exercise, where I’ll be sketching in multiple media, styles and approaches a collection of art, animations, and other yet-unconsidered multi-modal styles to nurture my own creative self.

I hope you keep reading, sharing, and commenting!

Comic: Ski Bums Part 4

This is Pi Day #068 – March 02

The Script

Dad: The weather sure is great for some cross-country skiing.

Kid: i guess

Dad: C’mon. We both need the fresh air.  We’ve been stuck indoors for weeks. We’ll just go to the park.

Kid: then let’s just drive somewhere — that’s kinda outside!

Dad: The point is to do something fun… active… healthy!

Kid: i don’t see how skiing around in circles in our park is fun — it’s just the same thing over and over and over again.

Dad: You literally watch the same episode of that TV show over and over again. That’s not boring?

Kid: you don’t understand anything do you dad?

Comic: Head Overconfidence

This is Pi Day #054

“Don’t get cocky, kid!” -Han Solo

When I was ten, I used some rope and a piece of lumber from the garage to turn my BMX bike into a super glider. With a strapped crosswise to the frame of my bike, the plan was to bike to the top of a nearby hill and, pedaling as fast as I could, achieve flight, the dream of every pre-teen boy, as I floated gracefully above the rooftops.

Not understanding even the most basic aspects of aerodynamics, I felt pretty bad when all the adults laughed me out of business before I’d even tried… probably a good idea in the era before mandatory helmet laws.

The worst that the Kid attempts is attempting out-ride her father on our many neighbourhood cycling jaunts. It’s still early days, I suppose, but a few choice falls lately have knocked her down a peg or two. And I think she’s probably a bit smarter than her old man ever was, anyhow.