This Groundhog Day on February 2nd marks the one-year anniversary since I launched my weekly online comic Spoonville. Granted, this isn't any monumental achievement in the history of mankind. After all, I'm only posting one little comic every week on my Facebook page and website. But for me Spoonville was and is a sort of creative experiment. Having never done any sort of comic-like work before in my life, what the hell would tumble out of my head (if anything) if I gave it a bucket to fall into every week? Would I draw a blank? Would I hate it after a month? Would it (gasp) even be funny?
1. Letting Your Voice Come Through
The most valuable aspect of this "experiment" has been giving myself a no-pressure space to make stuff. By only illustrating what I'm having a ton of fun doing, I can hear my creative voice come through. It's funny how you can be surprised at what comes out of your own head. Silly animals, stupid people, observations about life - let the onion continue to peel...
2. Having Something to Call Your Own
The initial motivation for starting Spoonville was to have something to call my own. Whether or not I'm traditionally published - I like the idea of having something that I have complete control over. It doesn't have to be award-winning, but it's mine! All mine!! Eeee heee heee!!! (that's my Witch Hazel laugh if you couldn't tell).
3. Your Work Isn't Precious
Probably one of the things I love the most about a weekly comic is the self-permission to make imperfect work. I find something funny during the week, find the most efficient way to communicate that in one image, and move on to the next week without looking back.
4. Making Work Regardless of Response
After all the fun and excitement of making a comic, then it's time to share online! Woohoo! But sharing work can go either way. If I get a good response and people like it, it's the best feeling in the world. But sometimes I don't get much of a response and I think...is anybody out there?? What's the point? At first it bothered me. I expected everyone to fall over each other to see my comic. Well, I got over that. My motto now is: Have fun with what I make, and if other people like it too, that's cool.
5. Finding the Rhythm of Consistent Work
Like I said, creating one comic a week is no monumental achievement in itself. But considering that I never had a weekly deadline to create and share art before, this was a unique challenge that I wanted to give myself. To my surprise, it has never really been a problem to come up with ideas. I think the key is that I have fun in what I'm doing and it's very natural for me. Inspiration can come from something as little as birds flying by as I take out the garbage - and then seeing the story in it. I try to keep my eyes open.