Today's Mixtape Monday features the newest instalment of my yearly mix series, Car Drive - initially just something I put together to listen to in the family car, now pretty much a chronicle of the past year told through songs. If you had a year full of transitions, professional ambitions and the occasional instance of suckiness, this mix just might be for you! I got to give it a spin while driving up and down the coast of Northern California, which was pretty cool and didn't alienate too many family members.
Also, due to time constraints, I'm not doing a recap comic this year, BUT below you will find an unsorted recap of stuff I did and enjoyed. Read on below the cut, if you are so inclined!
- I got to attend Berlin's top-notch re:publica 14 conference, drew people and got retweeted by Johnny Häußler.
- One of my favorite bands ever unexpectedly put out a new album. It was not as complex as the last one but I still listened to it over and over and over. (No, I'm not talking about U2.)
- I read Tables In The Wilderness by Preston Yancey and found myself turning to our copy of the Losungen (a German devotional) more often. I followed this up, weirdly, by enjoying episodes of the Bad Christian podcast.
- Other podcasts I discovered and enjoyed were Welcome To Night Vale and Less Than Live with Kate or Die. (Kate Leth was also the reason I started listening to Night Vale).
- I happened to see Welcome To Night Vale live in Berlin at the Passionkirche and it was the best thing ever.
- The other best thing ever was tabling at the Thought Bubble Sequential Arts Festival and meeting and/or chatting with Marc Ellerby, Lucy Bellwood, Danielle Corsetto, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher, and so many other people.
- These best things ever may well have been topped several months prior when I was interviewed with Comic Invasion Berlin on FluxFM.
- I tabled at Comic Invasion and for the first time people came to my table saying they wanted to follow up on stuff they'd bought from me at a previous convention.
- Two very longtime friends of mine came to visit and it was amazing.
- I went back "home" to France for a couple weeks, had awesome times reconnecting with good friends and came back to find that my home was in Berlin now.
- Unrelated: French politics were crap. (As was the news in general.)
- I signed an actual lease with my name on it!
- Two good friends of mine got married and we all got to hang out in Brandenburg for a weekend.
- I visited Stockholm one last time* before my parents ended their 10 years of work in Sweden and relocated to NorCal. (*No telling when I will come back. Tyvärr.)
- I visited Hamburg and Potsdam and promised myself I would travel more in Germany.
- I visited London before going to Thought Bubble and told myself I would come back to London (with a lot more money saved up).
- I finished the brunt of my first big comic project, Master of Survival, and told myself I would try to do more fiction in 2015.
- Noémie had to take a backseat to other things this year, but the work sessions I did have with Sarah confirmed that we're on the right track.
- I started a Patreon and have three very generous backers so far. I intend to relaunch it very soon with new reward tiers.
- I read more comics, drew from life more, and generally worked more towards becoming the kind of artist I'd always envied other people to be. I also realized that envying other cartoonists' lives is bullshit and everyone has their own unique way of making it work.
- I continued connecting with peers, some through the monthly Panel Up meetup in Berlin, others via Twitter or conventions.
- I got into superhero/floppy comics via the DC universe, of all things (props to the new Batgirl and Gotham Academy, as well as the shows Arrow and Gotham).
- Other TV shows I fixated on to varying degrees were Orange Is The New Black, Orphan Black, Elementary (not so much the second season, which I found very uneven, as the current one) and Modern Family. I was highly ambivalent about Sherlock series 3.
- I loved Guardians of the Galaxy. I did not like Mockingjay Part I. I still haven't seen the last Hobbit movie (and I don't really plan to).
- I got more interesting freelance work in illustration and comics, and I aim to pick up more freelance work this year in general.
- I went to California for the holidays, spent a long weekend in the Bay Area, visited San Francisco and spent over a hundred bucks in various comic stores - including Isotope, who now stock my stuff (:D )!