This comic first appeared in the “Your First” anthology zine that sarabearcomics put together in 2013. The theme was ‘your first album’ and I thought that my story was pretty relatable. There is something very important and formative about your first album, and I’ve always wondered what I would be like if I did start off with The Ramones instead of Alien Ant Farm.
Last month we had to scramble to find a new place because our landlord sold the Hen House. We finally found a new place a few blocks away, and after two weeks of unpacking, I’m starting to feel settled again. Definitely feeling more productive and comfortable, and ready to make some new comics!
For this one, I began with just the panel composition and the three faces running parallel to the long diagonal panel border. To contrast the three faces, I added in a fourth face looking outside of the comic, which gave me the title for this strip. I don’t know what made me add in the hands at that point, but it fit the weighing-the-options kind of feel that it seemed to be heading, and it filled in the next two panels.
I added the earth to provide a setting, and I liked how the shape of it fit into the divided part at the top. Having the characters looking out into space created a pretty loaded image, so it was a nice way to focus the mood of the strip. I used a really dry brush to make the space texture, and then I started to write in different things that I had been thinking about lately. Then I came up with what needed to be on the palms of the hands, and then drew an upside-down Michigan in the last panel- which felt a bit disconnected until I wrote the very last phrase beneath the comic strip. I cleaned up a few things, colored the planet in, and then scanned it.
I don’t know if you can tell, but I wrote the “… time to start something new” line way too close to the panel border and had a really hard time moving it back up to make the panel feel more balanced. This was particularly difficult because I wrote the phrase over the spacey texture, so it wasn’t a quick cut & paste thing. I spent a really long time messing with the cloning tool in photoshop, so it does look a bit better than it did before, but I can still tell that it looks a little weird there at the bottom.