This comic! I feel exactly the way you feel :O
Great comic! I feel the same way about e-mails. This one is so Lynda Barry-esque!
I thought there might be something terribly wrong with me to feel this way, but it's such a relief to know that there are others.
Though it might not be healthy to be united by guilt. :D
my guilt is less an appendage and more a monster who shakes up your guts. But yeah I know what you mean. Guilt doesnt motivate me very well though! Hope does!
OUCH! Must say, this one hit me right in the solar plexus of guilt, what with me being an middle class, relatively healthy, white person who also happens to be an artist but who is currently not (and hasn't been for awhile) working hard at it. :} I live in guilt and sloth.
That all said, we your avid readers are very excited about getting a little color comic from you and by doing so you are building up a following (I for one am quite new to your site, thanks to a forwarded copy of your chai comic) which will in turn increase the sales of your books. So in truth, you can be GUILT FREE! because you just did some marketing which is going to pay off as I'm about to post your cartoon in my LJ cause that third to last panel of you and the TV? That's ME! (Oh dear, I shouldn't be enthusiastic about that, should I?)
You are creating and no matter if you're making what you want or what you feel you 'should' be creating, you are creating. That puts you miles ahead of the rest of us schlubs. ;)
My mother always says that women have a "guilt gene".
The healthy part is lucky. *envy*
But the sharing the comics part is even nicer. ;p
i like how you turn a negative thing into a positive thing with art, i think more people should do it, it is a great thing
This is perfect. I love your comics.
This is perfect.
I recently drew a comic in my sketchbook with similar themes. I'll probably still share it with some people eventually, but I'll feel sorta weird about it!
YES, THIS- so true! I love the dinosaur style guilt-fin, for more aerodyanmic angst :D And like you said, sometimes you just have to go with what you feel- I know personally that its better to do the silly drawing I want to instead of dragging my feet through something I'm supposed to do, because it won't get done the way I want if I'm cranky about it and I won't even have something to show for it. So um, yeah. Awesome comic!
I am sometimes so totally paralyzed by guilt I hide things away so I won't feel badly about them. I have projects I took up in February that I haven't finished, and the longer I leave them the worse I feel that I haven't done them and the more I put them off. Sigh.
If you want guilt, try being raised Lutheran.
2009-10-01 11:30 pm (UTC)
This comic captured my brain perfectly. I love the tick, it is just huge and gross and awesome as a metaphor.
I suffer guilt myself (for no good/real reason usually). My good friend always tells me that it's an unproductive, pointless emotion, and I usually latch onto that and use it to drag myself out of the guilties. But now you're saying... that it IS productive? Oh man!
I wrote my undergrad thesis on social behavior in chimpanzees and bonobos and the evolution of "moral" behavior, and guilt was one of the things I talked about! So you're pretty spot on there.
While I would say that I am far more motivated by things like chocolate or the promise of being able to play with someone's puppy/kitten, guilt is definitely a motivator. But any field like art, or writing, or music is inherently a career that requires self-motivation. Few creative people have strict schedules or bosses to make sure that they're on task and tell them what to do. If you didn't have this guilt, then you would just read comics, not create them. :)
Very good comic. My cat has also destroyed one particular chair in my living room.
2009-10-02 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Some people don't feel guilt. They are commonly known as "socio-paths".
Do you give your kids any guidelines when making comics?
I've been thinking of trying it out with my ESL students over here in Korea. My school really likes the fact that I graduated with a fine arts degree, so I have lots of art time with them. ;)
Also, we all feel too much guilt in day to day life.
Maybe I'm a horrible artist and person, because I have no idea what you're talking about. :\
2009-10-05 07:00 pm (UTC)
hey lucy, the paper you prepared for last years class was adorable, can you post your new paper, too?
2009-10-05 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: comics class
The handouts? I'm using the same ones I made last year-- the joy of having a lotta new students. Eventually, when I get some older kids to do some more intensive classes, I'd love to make more, but for now, they mostly run their own comics class!
I don't wanna be a creeper, but I saw you today at a train station, but was too nervous to tell you I like your comics. <_<
Haha! Awesome! Oh man, I wish you'd said hi!-- it's my absolute favorite thing to be recognized. Where did you see me? Was I in my paint-stained mucky clothes? I feel like people usually tend to recognize me (and it's very rare) when I'm a total mess. That's awesome, though-- thank you for telling me!
I was leaving the Logan station while you were entering it. You were with someone. I recognized you from afar cause of your glasses. :)
I love this one! One of your best pages :)