Expect seasons

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Another week of comics has come and gone. We’re back here with a wrap-up of SAW's Mighty Network, starting with some comics inspiration! Get inspiration every day by signing up to the Mighty Network!

Crop of a panel in ‘Take a Hint’, by Julia Bernhard.

Crop of a panel in ‘Take a Hint’, by Julia Bernhard.

TUESDAY COMICS INSPIRATION

Last weeks inspiration came from the archives at The Nib and a comic from Julia Bernhard, ‘Take a Hint’, with a somewhat familiar experience of visiting the doctors.

Wednesdays are for non-comics inspiration at SAW. What other kinds of material do you look to for inspiration? What books are you reading? What movies are you watching?

To start you off, here’s some rom-com writing advice for screen writers, which can easily be applied to comics.

It is true that healing happens with time. But in the recovery wilderness, emotional healing looks less like a line and more like a wobbly figure-8. It’s perfectly common to get stuck in one stage for months, only to jump to another end entirely … only to find yourself back in the same old mud again next year. Recovery lasts a long, long time. Expect seasons.
— Catherine Woodiwiss

FREE RESOURCES

As always, free resources include free reading materials. This one comes straight from the web: read this short article by Catherine Woodiwiss about trauma. It’s a visually filled personal narrative that is a thoughtful place to start if you’re writing your own personal stories.

It’s good advice to expect seasons in comics too!

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IN FLOW

Tom’s opened up the SAW reading folder for the next couple of weeks for students to dip their toe in. This video about why the Akira movie is so influential comes highly recommended.

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FROM THE MEMOIR GROUP

We’re reaching way back when and trying to find the very first memoirs we read or encountered, as a child or teen. 

What did you get out of those stories? What moved you? How have your morals or ideas about the world been formed by them (or vice verse, maybe you were drawn to them for that reason...) And how are you, or might you use what you experienced from these memoirs, in your own?

COMING UP

July 31st (this coming Wednesday), we have a virtual party with Jackie E. Davis, of Underpants and Overbites fame.

Join Jackie E. Davis and Tom Hart in conversation while Jackie finishes the last day of her 31 day challenge, to completely write, draw and watercolor a comic a day. Jackie and Tom will be on video we hope, and our chat room will be wide open for questions!

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Jackie E. Davis, aka Underpants and Overbites joins Tom online for a chat about a month of diary comics and a whole lot more.

Jackie E. Davis, aka Underpants and Overbites joins Tom online for a chat about a month of diary comics and a whole lot more.