I'm a procrastinator. I'm a slacker. I make excuses often. I've been away from drawing for a long time now, and I feel sick from it. There was a time in my life when drawing a picture is all that mattered to me. Then you get older, and priorities begin to shift and change (work, relationships, etc, etc). I never thought there'd be a time when those shifting priorities wouldn't include my art, which has been a part of me since I could hold a pencil.
The frustrating thing is that it only slipped down that list because of my inaction and defeatist attitude. Well, not anymore. You may have already seen them, but I've added a few drawings for an upcoming web comic, The Gamma Gals. It is a project very dear to my heart, and I'm excited to get back into creating comic books again. Working on the character designs for the series has reminded me how much fun it is to draw comic books, and I really wanted to rekindle that fire I used to have many moons ago, when there wasn't a day that went by that I wasn't at my desk drawing something.
The Gamma Gals follows the exploits of three high school girls that gain superpowers after a gamma irradiated electrical storm hits their town hard. I wanted to create a series that was fun, fun to draw, and fun to write. I wanted to create a series that little girls could look at and say, "I want to be like Harriet, Kira, and Sue!" and not because they looked like supermodels, or the perfect human specimen, but because they were geeky, a little bit weird, and have a lot of heart. I want little boys to be just as invested in the three heroines as well! I remember when I was a little kid, and I'd watch He-Man, and She-Ra, and not have a thought in my mind that one of them "was for girls," and I miss that in today's animation and comic books. The Gamma Gals is for everyone, boy and girl, young and old. But to be completely honest, the Gamma Gals is for me. It's a bit selfish. It's my attempt to remind myself why I've been drawing for over 34 years, and why I love telling stories through art. It's a bit of an ego boost, really. Or maybe a kick in the pants, one of the two (or both).
I hope that some of you will join in on the fun of the Gamma Gals when it launches sometime this summer (I'll update when it's close to release). I plan to release it on the web as a free web series, and then collect the first story arc in graphic novel format so, if so desired, people can have it to put on their bookshelves.
No more procrastination. No more slacking. No more excuses. It's been far too long.