So… I’ve been silently toiling away at an auto-bio comic over the last few months, and it’s finally something that I can talk about.
The story is called ‘Hey Mickey’, and it’s based on a real event: the violent death of my Grandfather’s beloved dog.
My paternal Grandfather died a few years ago, but my grief hasn’t passed. It has taken ten years for me to be able to talk about what happened that Thanksgiving, and the added weight of the loss of my Grandfather made this project even more daunting. There were a lot of powerful emotions to wade through, making this an extremely difficult project. Great gaps of time would pass without me being able to confidently face it. Creating my own emotional autobiographical works have previously seemed an impossible task; I’m generally not comfortable with the idea of preserving select and biased portions of my life, but this story seemed different.
Making this comic (which is about 12 pages of story) was cathartic, and in the end I think it was a necessary undertaking. It has helped me to work through some of the emotions and, in a way, let go of the event.
I’m still in the process of lettering the comic, which will be my first foray into digital lettering - and possibly my last. There will be more pages posted here as I complete them.