Why do a webcartoon?

I mean, I’m not a typical web-cartoonist. I’m AARP-aged, not an atheist, not covered in tattoos of tiny birds, I don’t have an amazing beard, and I’m not particularly talented…

But I’m a fan of folks who are all of those things. I’ve devoured webcomics for years: Jeph Jacques’ “Questionable Content,” Randy Milholland’s “Something Positive,” Phil and Kaja Foglio’s “Girl Genius,” and, more recently, Paul Taylor’s “Wapsi Square” and Tom Siddell’s “Gunnerkrigg Court.” There have been others, of course, but those five are my ongoing favorites.

I’ve drawn and written for years. For close to twenty years, I made my living doing graphic design: developing promotional and fundraising materials for nonprofits. These were Evangelical Christian organizations, good enough places, with sincere and respectable aims, but there came a point in time where (while I retained the basics of my faith), I could no longer count myself a proper Evangelical. And me being me, I didn’t keep my mouth shut, and in 2007, I lost my job and career.

I won’t bore you with the details (too late? Oh, well), but I didn’t do much of anything artistic for several years. Then, in late 2014, I discovered the Wacom Intuos: deceptively simple and inexpensive, yet it effectively opened the door for me to start fooling around with drawing again.

One of the first things I did was a girl with a guitar, taking a selfie. There have been more things, fine-art-ish pieces, political cartoons, caricatures of friends… I do a cartoon every month for Terry Cranford Smith’s article in “Aquarius News,” I’ve had my art included in Brian Karcher’sThe New Wine,” I’ve illustrated two of Bob Curlee’s “Crossroads” books, and did the cover for an upcoming book by Green Bridge Press.

But I kept coming back to Guitar Girl. She’s fun to draw, and she can say things that I want to say, but that sound better from a redheaded girl than from a baldheaded old man. When I ran across Jason Brubaker’s “Unnatural Talent” on Kindle Unlimited, it seemed like the logical decision: I want to draw, and get better at drawing. I need to learn the basics (anatomy, perspective, etc), and I need a motivation to stick to learning and getting better.

And if there is one thing I’ve learned the hard way over the years, if you wait until you’re “good enough,” you never will.

So that’s “why do a webcartoon.”

I’ll leave you, as promised, with the cartoon that was going to be the first. There are things about it I love, and things I want to be better at before I do them seriously.

Thanks for joining me on this journey.Craaaaaaazy World