Journal #36

It seems like awhile since I last post something so I thought I’d give an update on my life to this point.

Yesterday I helped teach a comic class with my fiance’s father. This class was for a girl scout troop of about 20 girls. Sara’s dad often teaches cartooning classes through the public museum so he is quite good at it. I didn’t say too much and mostly helped hand out papers which was fine with me. I also helped if any girls had trouble drawing something. I brought my new iMac and graphics tablet to let the girls draw with it. It was fun to see the girls draw and they were all well-behaved. Afterward, I wondered if my drawing skill was any better than their’s at that age. I would have liked to believe that I was a little ahead of the curve in the drawing department anyway. Someday, I would like to teach a class on comic strips or web comics but I don’t know if I can overcome my shyness to really do that. We’ll see… maybe someday.

As you can see, I’m still taking a break from “Habitat.” Right now I’m just mulling over ideas for a new comic. Comics with kids in them have always appealed to me so I’m thinking of starting a comic with a 10-year-old boy has the main character. I want there to be a side kick character but I don’t want it to seem like I’m blatantly ripping off Calvin and Hobbes. I’m not sure when I’ll be posting my first new comic but I want to make sure it’s up to snuff before I post anything. It will be color and probably be the size and format of a Sunday newspaper comic strip. I’ve got the character’s name and now all I have to do is design him, think of up his personality, the setting, the supporting characters, font style, and the overall look of the comic. Not too much to do. Ha-ha

Well, I should get off this computer and actually do something today. Thanks for reading. Til next time, keep your eyes, ears, and minds open.

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2 thoughts on “Journal #36

  1. alangeez says:

    Hi Matt,

    I really enjoyed this Habitat entry. It’s great you’re helping to interest the young in art.
    I was thinking, instead of starting a whole new strip why don’t you add the boy character to habitat? You’ve already got good characters whom you know, a great title and comfortable setting. Adding a new character would freshen what is already established and good.

    Your reader,
    Alan.

    • Matt says:

      Hi Alan,
      Thanks for the comment! I really appreciate the feedback. It probably isn’t fair to the few readers that I have to go completely changing the comic on them. I think I will take your advice and slowly introduce more human characters into the “Habitat” world. I really appreciate the comment and I hope you stick around for the revamped version of “Habitat.”

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