I am very much like a chestnut. I could give you a more elaborate description of myself, but nothing sums it up quite as nicely as "I am very much like a chestnut".
afrofabulous asked: Do you think that 28 is too old to try to pursue a career in art on your own terms? I wanted to be a 3D animator for as long as I can remember, but when I got to college I realized that going to college for it wasn't for me. The school and the environment was horrible and I was completely uninspired to continue animation. I went to school for fashion illustration after that and I although my teachers thought my art was truly beautiful, I didn't get to finish because I started a family.
(cont.) I became inspired again recently and I have been drawing and sketching everyday (for the past two years) as well as learning animation on my own. I am heavily influenced by your webcomic, but I just wanted to know if it was too late to pursue my dream without school and by myself at 28?
I started TJ and Amal at 31, with a weak art education and zero experience in comics, so you can probably guess where I stand on the matter!
I wish our culture didn’t place such heavy emphasis on “making it” in your teens and twenties; that the (justifiable!) attention paid to prodigies wouldn’t set “prodigy” as the norm. This kind of BS does everyone a disservice.
If you have a dream and the ability to pursue it, there’s no reason to sit it out just because “everyone makes it by 25.” Because everyone DOESN’T make it by 25. Some do, some don’t, whatever.
Sometimes when I get discouraged about this, it helps to remember an anecdote I read a few years ago—
A retiree mentions to her friend that she’s considering going back to college and finishing her degree.
"What, at 65?" says her friend, "You’ll be at least 40 years older than everyone else in class!"
To which the lady replies, “oh, so you think I should wait till I’m 70?”
There’s no going backwards. Good luck!
It’s been really interesting to see the different reactions to the most recent page. They’re all correct in various ways! There are multiple thought processes & reactions happening on both sides of the exchange between Amal and his mom.
And BTW, I left the meaning of “normal” intentionally vague.
I don’t think you really thought that statement through, bro.
Anyway, I hope I managed —in an unfortunately short number of pages— to give some impression of Amal’s parents’ personalities, and show that there’s more to them than just “opposition” or “antagonist”.
I dunno, I guess a big part of this story — at least for me — is showing good people doing or saying the wrong thing because it felt right at the time, or because they just didn’t think it through, or because it was what they needed to do to stay safe, or… whatever. People making big mistakes not because they’re bad or stupid, but because they’re human; because they’re fallible.
Everybody’s selfish, to varying degrees.
I think it’s important to show why someone is acting the way they are — or, failing that, at least indicate that they have their own reasons — without necessarily saying that what they’re doing is okay.
Life is messy.
(I shouldn’t have tried to compose this post before coffee.)