It’s Been a Summer

He’s been having a rough time.

Poor Summer.

He just wants everyone to enjoy themselves.

And things keep getting weirder/worse.

Also, can I just say, what in the WORLD are they thinking with opening up schools?  It’s a pandemic – jamming a bunch of kids into a place that is already a hub for germs is straight up stupid.  I don’t understand.  I really don’t.

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Nose Pics

Put that nose AWAY, Silas. No one needs to see that.

Based off of a picture my friend Chelsea sent me.

It’s weird, seeing people wearing their masks with their noses exposed.

One, it defeats the whole purpose of wearing the mask.

Two, it looks…well, it looks wrong.

Thankfully, Silas learned his lesson after Cleo talked to him and told him how much of an idiot he looked like.

Also, can’t remember the last time I did a comic set at the library.  Huh.

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Mistakes Were Made

How will I check Instagram 10 times an hour without it???

Yep.

Fell down a rabbit hole of election news for a good solid hour a few days ago.  Managed to get my heart rate/anxiety up.

On the plus side, this is the first time I’ve done that in ages.  And I don’t plan on doing it again soon.  Because I’m not actually learning anything or taking anything in.  Just worrying.

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Doctor Dot: Staying Safe

Abel’s “clobbering” looks a lot more like “cuddling.”

I really don’t understand the people who refuse to wear masks and act like it’s the end of the world.

If you have a condition that prevents that, fine, more power to you.  Which, when you think about it, probably makes it even more necessary for the rest of us to wear ours: to help protect those who can’t.

I am aware that face masks won’t exactly “clobber” the virus into submission.  But it certainly doesn’t hurt to wear one to prevent you from spreading anything to someone else.  And as my mom says, it’s also a sign of respect; that you care about others enough to make sure they don’t get your germs.

Still, the masks are just a part of all this.  Wash your hands, keep your distance, stay home if you do feel sick – all of this.  It all works together in making sure that this thing will some day be a thing of the past.

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Ugh People

DREW’S HAVING FEELINGS

I am well aware that I have a very small audience.

A handful of people reading this blog, a slightly bigger handful following me on Instagram – not a whole lotta eyeballs looking at my work.

So, one of the things that I do find myself fantasizing about is gaining that audience, having people follow me and seeing what I do.  And maybe, if I got big enough, I could even try and make this a career.  I mean, that was the dream when I was younger, right?   Professional cartoonist.

However – and this is a very BIG however – there are moments where I pause and say, “Do I want that?  I mean – really?”

Because people, in my honest opinion, are terrifying.

They whine if you don’t do this.  They can rip you apart if they so feel like it.  They complain, spread rumors, drag your name through the mud, try to get you “cancelled” – again, all terrifying.

There is this YouTuber that I enjoy, Kurtis Conner.  Nice enough guy, I like his commentary.  He had a friend who said something stupid, and suddenly he got dragged into it simply by association, being the bigger name.  Another artist who just released a generally well recieved cartoon pilot is facing people digging up dirt from when she was a teenager – stuff that she had already apologized for and was, overall, generally irrelevant.

And don’t get me started on the Pokemon community as of late.  That’s more than enough to make me want to hide under my covers forever.

So right now, I’m feeling stuck in this odd place – wanting to get my name out there, and scared of what would happen if I do.  Fun stuff, all around.

I’m going to keep chugging along and drawing, of course.  But, man.  People.  Exhausting.

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Time to Hide Away

Almost word for word what happened.

And we’re back!

Took a quick break to recuperate from Inktober, but now, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

And yes, I did go to my first Anime Convention a couple weekends back.  Truly an experience, and a really fun one at that.  The costumes that people wore were amazing – had to marvel at the artistry on display with a good many of them.  And I got to attend some interesting panels, like one talking about Joan of Arc’s impact on pop culture (not something you’d expect to see at an anime con, but really quite fascinating), one about Japanese mythology in anime, a kind of creepy one about number stations – all really awesome, truly.

Best part was probably Artist’s Alley and the Dealer’s Den – basically, merch central.  Probably spent way too much money, but there was so much cool stuff to buy.  So I mostly wrote it off as helping out my fellow artists.  And now I have more keychains than I know what to do with.

All in all, a fun experience.  But once I got home, I definitely needed to hide, just wanted to get away from being around so many people.  My introvert battery was bottoming out and in desperate need of a recharge.  Of course, I did have to go to work the next day, but I managed for the most part.

But yeah, now I’m back.  Expect more cartoons shortly!

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Buy this Mattress

“No, don’t fall asleep either! GET OUT OF BED. YOU HAVE WORK IN AN HOUR.”

I mean, they’re not wrong.  I do need a new mattress.  Mine is literally falling apart at the seams.

But why are these mattress ads so long?  I mean, come on, man.  I’m not going to watch a 5 minute ad before a 2 minute video.  Seriously.

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