I think it's a good haircut and a great new look. (Just one man's opinion) :)
2010-03-31 11:22 pm (UTC)
Re: The comic, just the thought makes me sad. *hugs* I hope things go as well as they possibly can and you manage to squeeze all the good minutes out and miss the rest.
The new haircut is super cute on you.
Ahaha, now you and that chick from Pomplamoose look even more similar xD It's cute though, good choice
that comic made me sad too. obviously, I don't know you well enough to give you ANY KIND of advice EVER, and you seem to have already made up your mind. but still... it makes me sad to think that you two are breaking up. finding someone who makes you happy for five years is pretty incredible. if you really love each other, won't all other things work out in time and with a bit of compromise?
sorry... this is me stepping over the fan/artist boundary. *hugs*
2010-03-31 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yet another saddened by the bittersweet tone of the comic. Is there anything that we--your stalwart fans--can do to support you in the coming months (aside from our regular and fervent patronage)? Rough seas are never easily traversed, even if one has steady compass and stout sail, and there are many who would gladly scale the rigging, grab a hold of wind-lashed sheets, and help you weather whatever storms lie on the horizon.
That is a boss haircut, and a wicked-sad comic. (I am not from Boston, I just comment like I am.) I liked the combat scenes-- very evocative.
If you're ever feeling low and around the Wicker Park, come by my bar and I'll get you drinks from the Cartoonist's Relief Fund.
Comic = Sad.
But hey, some things that happen are terrible and not so great to deal with. And in the end it ends up having been for the best. A friend of mine recently [like...4 months is?] had a break up. She was with the guy for 7 years. Seven years. Thats a long time. But now she's with a guy she couldnt be happoer with. I havent met this guy yet, but shes crazy about him. The important thing is that she likes him and thinks he's perfect for her. So if she hadnt broken up with her ex, it never would have happend. I also had a similar situation. No where near as long as that. But now I'm with this really awesome guy, he's like my other half. I never thought I would have met some one as good as my ex. But turns out I found some one much better!
So yes, shitty things happen. But some thing good comes from them!
Keep the comics coming! I like seeing them pop up on my friends page.
Also, cute haircut! Girls are super cute in short cuts.
AND, do you ever plan on making prints of your derby girl painting? If so, I totally want one for my new studio!
Hey, Lucy. I've been reading your comics for years, but have usually felt too shy to comment on how much I like them. I wanted to let you know, though, that your most recent comic really spoke to me; I'm going through a similar situation at the moment, gearing up to leave a 2-year relationship in order to move across the country to Vermont and start my first year at CCS this fall. It's been an emotionally sticky issue for me, and a difficult one to talk about; that being said, it was amazingly refreshing to see your comic take this kind of situation head-on, and not tip-toe around the awkward or sensitive parts of it. So, thanks.
On a side note, you better get Linney-custody. What with your ability to provide ample hair-bands and comfy comic pages for her to sprawl across, you're obviously the superior cat parent.
Lucy! Your new hair cut is so cute!
Re: Game Over
I'm going through a similar situation with my boyfriend. Five years together, he's planning on a new career, I'm still trying to figure mine out, not sure what lies ahead for us as a couple... I hope his new career will take him someplace I can thrive as well, but I can't make any promises until I know where it's going to be. It's really hard. But for now our paths are parallel so we are just going to enjoy each other and make the best of the present. That's all we can really do. So I feel for you and I hope whatever ends up happening that you and John make it through all right!
as sad as your comic made me, I want to compliment the art and honesty in it. man, that panel where you're battling your thoughts and insecurities is seriously amazing. love!
i am coming to the stumptown fest just to see you. and kate beaton. :3
2010-04-01 01:59 am (UTC)
after the dust settles
i'll take you on a date.
That was a really touching comic, and it's definitely an issue that I'll have to be dealing with in the near future (though the roles, for me, are switched).. I only hope that I can be as mature in facing it as you seem to be.
I really like how honestly frantic and chaotic that middle panel is, with the battle. Your metaphors are all totally spot-on throughout.
A few questions!
1. Will copies of the comic be sold at the signing?
2. Will you be selling copies of your books at the MoCCA festival?
Thanks! You rock! : D
Just read the comic. I just wanted to say that I think you're totally awesome and I love your work. I was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to go meet you at NonCon, but am planning on going to the MoCCA thing, as I implied. Anyhow, you're someone I look up to as being able to "live the dream," and you're one of the people who inspired me to go back to school (for illustration!) this fall. Good luck to both of us! : )
What a lovely, heart-crushing comic. I went through a tough break up at 25 too and so this was all too familiar (different circumstances, but we'd been living together for a few years too). There's a lot I can relate to/remember in your comic, it's such a succinct snapshot of being in that place, waiting, making the best of things. In some ways I can relate to it NOW, not in an impending break up way, but in a waiting for some things to change so we can move and change jobs and figure out what part of the country to live in kind of way. In the meantime, lots of waiting. In a way the waiting and not knowing what comes next is worse (I hope that's comforting! It's meant to be.) Once things start happening, then at least there are things to be done and new adventures to set out on. Waiting sucks, and is really hard.
Whenever I try to think of clever, wise "it's much easier now that I'm ancient (33) and have it all figured out" kinds of things to say, they sound incredibly cliche and silly. Which is obviously because I'm not wise or ancient and I have next to nothing figured out.
But you are very talented and are definitely not alone in the world, and now you have very cute short hair. So that's good. :)
your haircut is adorable!
Sadly, Curt and April and I won't be at MoCCA this year, but hopefully we'll get to see you/hang out at another con or two at some point this year.
Also, your haircut is rad.
Wait where exactly is Jim Hanley's University?? I definitely want to go!!! I'm near enough that it's definitely feasible. Just depends on the day and time. :9
2010-04-01 05:59 am (UTC)
aw, I just got cut my hair short on a whim, too! And I must say, your comic was exceptionally deep and personal this time around, but I love that you're still keeping yourself hopeful about it! The important thing is that you both agreed to this and can still function as friends. Best of luck!
I, uh. Oh god. This comic is very close to home.
I hope you'll be okay. And your new haircut is gorgeous.
oh that comic is so heart breaking :(
very cute hair cut! :)
Man, what a sucky situation with John. He seems like such a good guy. If it really won't work long-term I suppose it does make sense to end it amicably with good memories, rather than trying to compromise and having it all fall apart badly. Still the romantic in me wishes... Yes of course there's a romantic under my cynical/realist exterior. eor
once said, "Scratch the surface of a cynic and you'll find a romantic who's been disappointed too many times." But I'm in awe that you can take something like this and produce a comic out of it which obviously touches so many people, and I love the battle scene as much as everyone, though I'm surprised there's no lightsaber. ;)
Also, you totally rock the short hair look like I only wish I could! Maybe I'll give in and get a hair straightener. Wait, that still won't make me as cute as you, never mind. ;)
You always share so much of your life, so I just wanted to chime in with some past experience.
When I was 24, I decided to break up with my boyfriend of over 4 years which was not an easy decision and not mutual. We continued to live together for about 4 months because I was too poor to move out, which was torture.
In the end, I enjoyed being single again even though I assumed I would neeeever date again because I'm pretty quiet and don't do the bar scene. I ended up meeting my awesome guy about a year later at work and am so glad I made the tough decision years ago.
In summation, I think you guys are both being really straight forward with the whole situation and I'm sure your time apart will rock for you both!
Hope to see you at MoCCA and the Drink n Draw shindig. :)
i love your haircut :) i wish i could pull off something like that.
your comic made me really sad though as i've experienced something similar
I really like it!
Short hair highlights your cheekbones.
please only ever make that face
Lucy you are so brave.
This is a beautiful comic.
2010-04-03 03:56 pm (UTC)
Damn. You're incredibly hot with that new 'do and I love your sexy smile.
I feel like I should buy you a pint of ice cream and then watch a bunch of Brat Pack movies with you. ):
And your hair is super cute, it makes you look like a little pixie.
2010-04-12 01:32 am (UTC)
2010-04-24 12:39 am (UTC)
When you say that you and John want "different things" are you really sure these aren't things you could work out? I feel odd writing this, as a stranger on the internet I have no right to give you advice. However, the only different thing I've seen you mention in your comics is that one of you wants kids and the other doesn't. Now, that is a pretty huge difference, and could be a reason to break up in itself. However, I think that even that issue could be a compromise. (Foster kids perhaps?)
Where is he going to grad school? (If he's going he has probably decided by now.) What degree is he going for? Why did him leaving for graduate school seem like a convenient time to end things? Graduate school can be really rough, and starting it right after a breakup would probably be difficult. I'm not saying that to make you feel guilty, just saying it as a graduate student who has a hard enough time being in a long distance relationship with her partner.
Anyway, I'm sure you've thought this decision through and my comments are unneeded, and possibly unwanted. Feel free to ignore them. Something about that comic just made me sad, and made me wish that you and he could work it out.
2010-05-01 11:22 pm (UTC)
Foster kids are not a "compromise" between kids and no kids. They are real children who require as much love and attention and care as kids one pushes out of one's own vagina.
Both my siblings were fostered by my mom before they were adopted (also by my mom - they've had two other foster parents who are still active parts of their lives). How dare you advocate that a couple who have a conflict over having kids or not take on foster kids as a "fix". Foster kids - like all children - deserve parents who are fully invested in their care for the sake of raising children, not for the sake of avoiding arguments or break-ups. It is so unfair to use kids that way, and this attitude - that foster kids are somehow "less than" kids you give birth to yourself, to the point of being a mere "compromise" - contributes hugely to the high cases of abuse in the foster care system.
2010-05-09 01:10 am (UTC)
I was only thinking of them as a compromise because most foster kids don't stay in the same home for the 18+ years in takes to raise them from an infant to an adult. Less time commitment, same commitment while they are there. Sorry if my comment came off wrong.