So Jeff asked me to write out a "best of the decade" comics list for Cloudscape
I don't really consider myself very qualified to write a "best of the decade" list considering in the year 2000 I was still in high school (I was 15). I had just begun to discover proper graphic novels, and I took a long break from reading comics when I was in University. I honestly have just started getting into them properly, since graduating. Nevertheless, as I look back on the decade, these are the books that stick out to me:( Collapse )
So that's it. That's my list. Pretty lame, huh?? In 2009 my new year's resolution was to read more manga, because I missed reading proper manga so much. I did manage to buy and read six manga GN this year, which is significantly greater than the 0 I think I read in 2008, so that's something. In the upcoming year I'd like to read a lot of the books that have made my friend's "best of the decade" lists, and more French and Manga titles. That's not a new year's resolution, my resolution this year is to sing more. I don't really sing anymore.
There's a "#10yearsago
" meme going on in Twitter. It's kind of wild thinking of myself ten years ago. As I mentioned, I was 15, and in the middle of grade 10. I had already begun and ended my first relationship, over the next ten years I began and ended two more longer relationships (and a couple of shorter attempts) before meeting the guy I would choose to marry. That's a lot for 10 years!! The man of my dreams is currently punching random holes in the drywall and he made my sick ass lift the 46" tv. (how romantic!)
Ten years ago I was still in high school, still living with my parents. I didn't know yet if I wanted to be an artist or an engineer, but both ideas had ocurred to me by then, I think. Over the next ten years I graduated High School, got accepted into and graduated from UBC and got a full time job as an engineer. I struck out on my own, and have been living independently on the other side of the continent, in a different country. I went from living in my parent's house to owning my own apartment. That my fiancee keeps punching holes in (stop that, Trevor!!)
Artistically, I was already drawing comics 10 years ago. In 2000 I was drawing a terrible version of the long-form story I'm still working on (barf). I've been drawing comics for a long long time but it was firmly in "hobby" territory back then. I'm at a point in my life now where it's kind of changed from a hobby to a passion. I'm not yet ready to pursue drawing full time, but I'm not so convinced that I will see this as a hobby forever anymore. I'm kind of disappointed with my progress (or lack thereof) over this decade, but I think I've done ok considering I had a year where I hardly drew anything at all, followed by several years when I could barely manage to draw Wasted Talent. I beat myself up about it a lot, but I'm happy drawing has never left my life entirely and I'm looking forward to where I will go from here.
So, that's a lot for 10 years! Very very turbulent, but all the steps were positive and I think I've finally found a point of (relative) stability. 2000-2010 was change, I'm hoping that 2010-2020 will represent growth. Growth as a person, growth in my career, and growth as an artist. Here's to a fresh beginning!