May 26, 2021

Meeting (New) People

 
First panel: Title card saying "Meeting (New) People". Second panel: caption says "Apps", image shows Claire sitting on the floor, wearing short hair and a plaid shirt, holding up their iPhone to look at it and thinking "Which do I hate more: defining myself for others, or starting conversations that don't go anywhere?" Third panel: caption at the top says "Zoom calls". Image shows Claire sitting on her easy chair, leaning over to click something on her laptop and making a worried face with gritted teeth, saying "Aaah shit shit shit! How did I come across?? I need more non-verbal cues!!!" Caption pointing at her says "(I call this a Zoom hangover)". Fourth panel: caption at the top says "IRL". Image shows Claire standing behind a line of tape on the floor with their hands in their pockets, wearing a hoodie, a knapsack, messy chin-length hair and an FFP2 mask. She thinks to herself "Oh wow, that person is cute!" A caption points to their hair saying "unkempt 6-month quarantine mullet". Another caption points to the tape on the floor saying "literally not safe to get close to anyone".

I am happy to report that the mullet at least is now gone, though not much else has changed! (These are observations btw, not a request for dating advice.)

 [ Lord Huron - When The Night Is Over ]



May 21, 2021

Friday Sketchpost: "Beten" (Praying)

For Lent earlier this year, I was asked to volunteer some artwork for a local church on the topic of prayer within the larger theme of "Barmherzigkeit" (mercy). This is what I came up with, with the idea that prayer can be opening yourself up to dialog with anyone—yourself, other persons human or divine—with a specific focus on places in Berlin where I've found this possible.

(No physical human presence here, because... well, you know.)  

Black and white illustration of a lake, with trees on either side and a small bouie in the water. Text says "What do I want to say, but don't know how?" in German.
What do I want to say, but don't know how?
 

May 5, 2021

One shitty rollercoaster

Claire sits at the top of a rollercoaster. They go down, then level off, then down, then swing back up, then slowly climb, then level off, then back down, then swing back up, then level off. In the final panel she plunges back down and says "Dear God when does it stop."

 If you've been on a shitty rollercoaster, this one is for you.

[ Julien Baker - Favor (live) ]

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If you are a US citizen and/or EU citizen, please help pressure leadership to make covid-19 vaccines available to everyone, and not just to the countries rich enough to focus on themselves while the rest of the planet suffers with no end in sight. There is an EU citizens' initiative that needs 1 million signatures to demand action from the European Commission, and several US Senators are demanding action from the Biden administration as well. EU citizens can sign the initiative and US citizens can call their representatives in Congress to voice their support. None of us are safe until everyone is safe. Thank you.


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March 16, 2021

Change of Seasons

 

First panel: caption says "Sometimes when the seasons change, questions like these take over my brain." Image is of Claire standing outside with an FFP2 medicinal mask and a hoodie, staring towards the sky. The sun is shining and the sunbeams include, in all caps: "Winter is over, what do you have to show for it?". Second panel: still Claire, walking in the woods. Caption says "And this time around the answer is..." and Claire says "...myself?". Caption says: "...a good answer."
 

I wrote this comic last month when it was suddenly 15 degrees Celsius for a couple days and since then we've gone back to subzero temps at night. I stand by it though.

[ Jars of Clay - Inland ]


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March 12, 2021

One year later


ALT: First panel: caption says "Early March 2020". Claire is leaving a bus stop checking her phone and thinking "Okay... just gonna do the right thing and stay home for a little while. It won't last forever, and I can do this." Second panel: caption says "Early March 2021". Claire is lying on the carpet in the dark with smoke coming out of a giant hole in their chest where their heart should be. Next to her are a phone with the caption "Can't reply to 'How are you?' anymore", a laptop with the caption "escapism", a couple books, and a newspaper with the caption "don't even ask"

I started social distancing in Berlin one year ago this week. Don't really have much else to add about that right now! Except that I'm OK (in pandemic-adjusted terms) and I have a support network for when I'm not. Take care of yourselves and each other, get vaccinated when you're able, keep doing the right thing.

[ Jars of Clay — Silence (live) ]  

 

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January 26, 2021

The Process

First panel: Claire sits down at her drawing table with a sheet of paper and thinks to herself: "Ookay, I've had room to reflect, time to spare, and ideas. Making comics should be pretty straightforward,." Second panel: She sits and stares at her desk. Third panel: a speech bubble floats out from her chest. It contains a battery that indicates it is at 0%. Fourth panel: Claire moves the piece of paper off her desk and says "You know what, tomorrow is another day."

That probably should have been a thought bubble in the last panel, but I'm leaving it in because it's good to vocalize stuff to yourself sometimes!

[ Kid Cudi ft. Phoebe Bridgers — Lovin' Me ]

 

 

This comic was finalized in Clip Studio Paint, using a Wacom Cintiq 16 that was acquired with funding from the German federal government's NEUSTART für Bildende Künstlerinnen und Künstler program.
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