In my quest to sketch out some new scenes, I went looking for a reference photo of myself running and ninety percent of what I found was selfies. The thing is, when you run a race you’re either paying a hundred bucks for the official photographer package… or you’re relying on those quick pics you grab of yourself on course with whatever phone you bothered to carry. So… selfies.
Part of this sharp turn in the tone of the art for this comic has been introspective. Rather than exploring the “kid’s say goofy things” paradigm, I’m trying to (starting to… meaning to) set a tone towards that of the observational father, involved but moving into a role of dependable dad who is more often a step away setting an example for life than playing taxi, grooming moral behaviors rather than reading the rules, or acting like a safety net rather than any other parenting metaphor for what you do before you let go.
It’s a tough transition, and part of that is living a life. So I run.
Pardon the “tracing” … I imported a photo and then a previous sketch cuz I was having trouble getting the proportions of the fish-eye selfie right. It locked in eventually tho.
Technically, as a Canadian, it is not only my birthright but my patriotic responsibility to resolutely complain about the cold weather while simultaneously pulling on my wool socks and going outside to just deal with it.
I deal with it by running in it. And with the last week with its temperatures lurking in the -30 degree range (yes, that is a minus) this would usually trigger my wimp-out response and I’d just stay home and draw more comics.
But even as an adult there is this thing called peer pressure.
I text “….but it’s COLD!” and I get in reply “So… just 10 k then?”
I argue about the ice … and someone sends me an Amazon link for shoe spikes.
I steadfastly nudge and call out our mileages as I try to stick to the distance we agreed upon when we left the warmth of the run club… well, the comic speaks for itself.
Stay warm out there… unless you live somewhere warm, then … I got nothing.