I’ve been feeling awfully nostalgic lately. I think some of that has to do with being in the home stretch of my final semester, and as part of that experience I’ve had to collect a portfolio of my work to be used to manipulate others into believing I’m employable. Looking back over the work I’ve done the last few years has made me think of all the time I’ve spent making things.
So much of it is crap. I mean, really just bad. I can really only put maybe the last 12 months in my portfolio. I’m a garbageman. Some of it is better than others, but still; not great. Which I guess validates the education investment. My favourite video games always have a tangible sense of progression – you gain power as you move forward – and it’s nice to know life can have that too if you actually manage to improve yourself.
Now what I found in the deepest recesses of my archives is something I want to share with you. As I think I’ve mentioned, I’ve always wanted to make stuff, with a particular affinity to comedic cartoons, and this is evident in the now-depressingly old comic BlubberMan.
This shit’s 10 years old, which I didn’t realize until after I dug it out, but it seems oddly fitting to bring it up now then. I was 11 when I wrote these. Like the comics I would later do for my high school paper, these were eventually banned by my teachers. There were 5 issues in all, only 1 of which survives but it survives twice because in 2008 I apparently decided to re-create the original. Not that the updated version is any better, mind, but it’s a slight improvement. It was my last attempt at cartooning for a few years, the next one being 2 years later when I started doing comics digitally.
I offer these to you as a curiosity. If you’ve ever wondered how long I’ve been not-quite-right, the answer is apparently longer than 10 years. Now, I should warn you, they are not good. The drawing is bad, the writing is presumably funny only to 11-year-olds, and the quality of the scans themselves is iffy, but if you want a trip down my memory lane, have at it.
You can read the original here, and the updated one here, if you really want to.
I don’t know if 10 years from now I’ll look back and be embarrassed about the comics I’m putting out there today, but I don’t think so. This kind of evolution requires years of experience, and I’ve been doing this for a long time. I still have a long way to go before I can call myself a truly good or even fully-competent cartoonist, but looking back at these, I’d like to think I’m closer to the end than the beginning.
That’s the point, -Dan