Life is Short, Make Comics

Does this sound like you? For a few years before SAW, my creative life was not going so well. I had an OK-could-be-more-frequent-more-discliplined studio practice. I had a healthy journaling practice. Every once in a while I’d get struck by lightning. An entire comic would come to my mind’s eye and I’d put it down. I still felt unsure about whether I really wanted to make comics. Most of the time, I felt pretty uninspired by myself, my life, my work. Oh, and if you can’t tell, I was depressed during a lot of that time too. Just stuck.

During one Brooklyn Draw Jam session, they made a comic about that time I brought fries. I wanted to die.

At a certain point, I stumbled across the Brooklyn Draw Jam at Shoestring Press (which conveniently was about a block away from my apartment). The first few times I went I was so nervous. So tight. I thought they all thought I was a crazy woman who wandered in from the streets. A crazy woman who couldn’t draw.

Eventually though, the jams became my savior, the folks drawing next to me became friends. Making comics, tying threads of stories together, drawing off of what other people drew (literally), gave me such a great high. I started to think maybe I should take this comics thing more seriously. I started to think maybe I needed a teacher.

I don’t remember how I heard about SAW, but when I floated the idea of going to my buddies at the jam, they had nothing but praise for Tom and were excited about the school. I talked to Sally and Eric at SPX, and Zannah at MoCCA. Zannah, I remember had a certain intensity about her when she talked about it. I wanted to be part of a community that would motivate such loyalty in me.

‘Unanswered’ was a flash of lightning, all in one piece, comic. It was published in Ink Brick #3.

My dad died. Life seemed shorter than ever before, why not spend it making comics? I applied. Tom wrote me back the next day with an informal acceptance letter.

I went. Check in tomorrow to hear about actually being at SAW…

Guest post from Maxine Marie (SAW class of 2016). Follow her on Instagram at @maxineesque and tumblr at

Early morning in flannel & silk…
* Tie: Viola Milano “Mixed Floral 3-fold untipped - Grey”
* Pocket Square: Viola Milano “Light Blue” Shoestring Cotton/Linen Carlo riva pocket square
*Shirt: Viola Milano “Blue/White” Classic slimline
* Suit: @orazio_luciano made of Flannels from @foxbrothers1772

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I like the ingenuity that comes from shooting a scifi series with a shoestring budget. 

“We need a spaceship. Let’s glue two hairdryers together and paint them!”

“What looks weird and bubbly? Bubblewrap looks weird and bubbly! We’ve got fifty yards of bubblewrap and a can of green spray paint, let’s make some aliens!”

“What time period should our time travellers visit? What time period did someone doing a historical drama just finish using the costumes for?”

“I’ve got some leftover tinsel rope from Christmas, but it kept falling off the door lintel and hanging over the opening. Which give me an idea.”

“We can’t afford to make a miniature shuttle land the miniature shuttle on a miniature landscape every week. Let’s give them… teleporters! We can shake some glitter in a jar of water and play that over the characters appearing wherever we like!”

5 Ways to Practice Witchcraft With Little or No Money
  1. Take a walk in the woods. Use all your senses and try to spot plants or animals you might usually miss. Find something small, like an acorn, a leaf, or a rock, and bring it home to put on your altar.
  2. Put your hands in the dirt. Gardening is an easy way to get in touch with our witchy natures. If you can’t have a garden, try planting a few little herbs, or a flowering plant or two inside.
  3. Go out in the rain. As you get wet, feel the water in the droplets connecting you to oceans and faraway continents.
  4. Commune with an animal. Animals connect us to the wild side of life, no matter how tame they may appear. If you don’t have a pet of your own, try going to zoo or a friend’s house.
  5. Send good energy to someone who needs it. Our energy and positive thoughts are powerful things– share them with someone who needs a little boost.

Witchcraft On A Shoestring, Deborah Blake



Black National Geographic: Hairlines

The final installment of the Black National Geographic series is released through Comedy Central. On a shoestring budget this is a pretty cool thing.

The series was written by wearethetay and it’s ignorant as hell. But we tried to take some stereotypes and flip em into some comedy.

So go to the Youtube and click like if ya like it. That support is great.