Race Selfie

This is Pi Day #105

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.

The Timelapse

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.

Short: Selfie Alert (Magpie Comics)

This is Pi Day : Magpie Bonus #008.1

It seems to be the responsibility of the modern amature athlete: run… then share as much information as you can about that run in the form of GPS tracks and selfies. Prove that you were outside in sweat-wicking, lightweight, synthetic clothing.

A run without a selfie or a group photo or a short video to recap… unimaginable…. he wrote with a tone of hypocritical irony. I mean, would Instagram even exist if it wasn’t for selfies of people doing things like eating, running, or both simultaneously? I doubt it.

In nothing else, it reminds those who haven’t yet fallen victim to runner-selfie habit that there is still time to escape.