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Less quality but less quantity

March 13, 2012

Sometimes I find myself wishing The Comics Journal would ask me to write for their Cartoonist’s Diary. Then I realize they probably figure I’ve got my own thing going on, and I guess I do.

Please bear with me, I am starting over. I have to do this in order to get over my fear of doing something bad. And I have to do it publicly, because I have stacks of reams of bad, privately drawn diary comics and they’re not doing anything for me except making me more crazy. Here’s one of my less unpalatable ones. I will try to post some more somewhat regularly until I gather the wherewithall to create the fully colored, polished, carefully drawn stories (which hatched from these) you’ve come to expect here.

(click on it to make bigger)

What is the Dream House, anyway?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Danny Ceballos permalink
    March 13, 2012 7:36 pm

    That hilarious, sad and beautiful image from panel one should be the illustration for every dictionary entry on “languishing”

  2. Kirk permalink
    March 14, 2012 5:58 am

    I don’t expect anything from your blog. It can be as professional or unprofessional as you want as far as I’m concerned. Black and white, color, sketches or whatever. I’m not sure if the blogging contractual obligation in a previous comic was serious or not. But you should definitely fulfill that if it’s real. This comic is perfectly fine in my book. It looks a bit different from other ones but that could be a style change unless I’m told otherwise.

    DO WHAT YOU WANT! I like your comics, Gabrielle Bell. I’m here to see comics. But I’m also here just to know that you’re alive and well and still interested in doing comics even if you aren’t posting them here. Now that you have a book coming out, I figure you’re occupied with book stuff if you’re not posting. If you ever decide to not publish comics, I’d be sad but I’d still want to know if you were alive and well.

    Just please do whatever you want. Whether what you publish here goes over well with your audience or not, your friends will still be there to support you. And you can always delete stuff if you regret it later or decide it’s not how you want to represent your work.

    • February 11, 2013 11:21 pm

      I beloved up to you will rviecee performed proper here. The cartoon is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. nevertheless, you command get bought an shakiness over that you would like be turning in the following. ill certainly come further beforehand once more since exactly the same nearly a lot regularly inside case you shield this increase.

  3. Matthew Southworth permalink
    March 17, 2012 8:28 pm

    Hi Gabrielle–

    I’d like to second Kirk’s comment above; I don’t need to see things fully-fleshed-out here, in fact, that’s what I buy your books. Here it’s just interesting to see what you’re thinking about, and as a cartoonist myself, I really admire your ability to put work out as regularly as you do (wish I could discipline myself to do a diary comic).

    So yeah, do what you want, and what makes it fun for you! If you wind up repurposing old “Cathy” strips and it’s fun for you, I’ll check that out, too. You’re doing great work and I always love reading (and recommending) it.

    Matt Southworth


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