Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vegan pancakes

I don't really talk about it much in my comics but veganism is actually quite important to me. I've been vegan for the last... shit, 5 years? And, well, despite what most post-vegans will tell you it's actually incredibly easy. Except, of course, when you don't have the makings for pancakes on hand. Then you have to put yourself through hell to get said pancakes. Still, totally worth it!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Comics are the single most fulfilling thing I've ever done in my life

Canzine 2009 was the first time I ever tabled and sold my comics. Since then it has become a bit of a benchmark for me, both as a deadline to get more comics done, as well as a marker to show what I’ve accomplished over the past year. And so, this year? All I can really say is that it has been far beyond my expectations.

Aside from all of the friends I have been making over the past couple of years and the growing dedicated reader base I am utterly privileged to have(thank you so much!) Some things really stand out for me, such as Boredom Pays #2 getting nominated for a freaking Shuster - that blew me away and I seriously didn’t think I was ready for that kind of acknowledgment. Getting to table at TCAF this past year - important in that I first discovered mini comics through TCAF and, in the following year, actually traded my very own mini comics for the first time - that meant the world to me. And this past Sunday one of my comics heroes, Chester Brown, came by my table and bought some of my comics - that just felt… unreal.

These tangible, quantifiable benchmarks continue to amaze me. The thing that’s a little harder to put my finger on is the amount of healing making these things allow me to do. Like, my personal life this year was a wreck. I broke up with my girlfriend of eight years. My mother discovered she has a potentially life threatening brain tumor. I’ve been unemployed for five out of the last ten months. I’ve been on social assistance. I’ve made some really stupid decisions that have hurt people I care about. I’ve gone through the most debilitating bouts of depression I’ve ever had the misfortune to deal with. And so on. What held me together through the worst of this was this compulsion I have to put it down in writing. To analyze these things, organize them into little boxes so I can move past them. This is something I never used to have and I don’t know what I would have done without it this year.

I’m incredibly glad I started making comics. It has been the single most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done in my life.

I can’t wait to see what comics are going to bring me in the following year.

love, love,

Jason <3

Friday, October 21, 2011

Assholes Everywhere

This probably could have been more clear.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Escape from Super Doom

Despite the incredibly depressing nature of this silly thing it was one of the funnest times I’ve had drawing a comic in the past little while. Also, so close to done issue 4! If you’re in Toronto be sure to come by Canzine this Sunday and say hi!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Occupy Everything

Had a crazy day down at Occupy Toronto today. Learned a lot about resistance. Learned a lot about community. Learned a lot about myself. I’ll talk about it more soon, I’m sure. In the meantime, Love <3

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011

a boy trapped in a mans body that still fits in boys clothing

I feel like I should say that I don’t mean to imply that being vegan means you’re automatically sickly or scrawny or anything. I’ve been vegan for years and have always been a little pudgy until recently!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

I made this a little while ago. It might make more sense in the context with the original post, Out of love.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The last few days have been the most productive drawing days I’ve had in months. I’m so excited for the books I’m making. So excited for the future projects I have in mind. Super stoked for life in general. Let’s do this whole “life” thing.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Heart Failure

Just found this comic in an old sketchbook from a few months ago. It made me a little sad inside, then made me laugh so I thought it was worth drawing.