Well, 2010 has been a crazy year to say the least. I did a little bit of traveling, trying to figure out the convention scene and to promote Green Monk.
The high light of this traveling was meeting all of the awesome artists and radical comic book fans all over the country, and discovering that there are quite a few in my own backyard. I tried some things out that were fun but didn’t quite work like writing a weekly theory blog and doing live art demos. I even found a little bit of time to complete a short story.
Lastly, I ended this year saying goodbye to my dear mother, Susan Dayton, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
I’ve gained some insights on where I want to go this year as I’ve reflected on this last year and particularly as I’ve reflected on the good life that my mother lived.
The main thing is that I want to refocus on my life’s work. Seeing the fragility of life has been a stark reminder of that things that are most important. I would like to do something everyday of my life, that I can look back on and be proud of when my time here is done. I dedicated much of my time in 2009 to complete a book that was the beginning of my journey in to comic storytelling. In 2010 I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with the finished book. This year I want to return my focus to doing the work of making art and telling stories.
I’m cutting back on the conventions. I’m cutting back on writing about theory and I don’t plan on doing any regular video demos. Instead, I’m going to be spending my time at the drawing table working on the follow up to Green Monk (I’ll also spend some time trying to pick up a publisher). On top of this, I’m going to be posting to my blog at least once a week, and it will always be a post with art in it.
That being said, I want to finish this post with a couple of rough pages for Green Monk Volume 1. I hope you all have a great 2011.