One of my favourite Björk quotes on Musical Snobbery (via cibomatto)
This because I have Pictures at an Exhibition and “Night Of Pony ★ ナイト・オブ・ポニー” on my iPod together.
It’s not a contest!
Fair enough. I assume you mean when I started Dresden Codak? I’ll break down the honest-to-goodness process of the early comics:
- Draw comics in mechanical pencil on the back of my statistics homework (never turned in) and then ink on top of that with a micron pen.
- Sneak into the Honors College study room (from which I was expelled for poor grades) and use their scanner.
- Use a mouse and a bootleg copy of Photoshop 7 to color the pages.
- Upload it to my site, which at the time was flat HTML that I’d written from scratch.
And that’s it!
reblogging this for the reminder that grades and a college degree are by no means the be-all end-all of life.
There’s some truth to this. I’d like to share some further biographical information:
I’m a college dropout. In 2006 I left school after a little over four years because I kept changing majors (physics, anthropology, computer science, then art) and it had reached a point where it was difficult for me to afford to keep going to school (I was paying my own way with various jobs).
The reason I had kept changing majors was because I was terrified that I’d picked the “wrong” career, with most of those academic decisions based around what careers seemed prestigious. I wanted to be an engineer because I liked the idea of being an engineer, then a programmer because I liked the idea of being a programmer, but I was never happy doing any of these things, and it showed. I’d always been groomed to be a good student, and for most of my career I was good at doing what I was told.
I’d always been creative, doing little projects on the side. I wrote a sci-fi novel when I was 19 (never shared it), some poems in physics class, and even some fake news stories about Popeye before I was kicked off the university paper. I also made films with friends for many years. I was told these were “good hobbies,” that once I became a respected and financially stable engineer/programmer/scientist, that I could then do what made me happy on the side. A nervous breakdown during my college career, however, made it clear that “waiting to be happy” was a psychologically unstable strategy. I couldn’t wait for someone else to grant me permission to do what I wanted with my life.
So, in 2005, during a statistics class that I would eventually fail, I started drawing Dresden Codak. I hadn’t seriously drawn in many years, but it’s something you don’t totally lose. They were pretty bad drawings, but I didn’t care. I enjoyed it and decided that doing what I really liked to do now was better than hoping I could do it later. I wasn’t looking for a career at the time, I just realized how much I loved making comics and knew that I should do whatever I could to keep making them. It took about a year for me to decided that being a cartoonist was what I really wanted. I changed my major to art briefly, but eventually accepted that paying for a degree wasn’t something that was going to help me at that point.
After that, in 2006, I took a chance and dropped out. I worked an office job full time during the day while drawing Dresden Codak full time at night. I slept about 3 hours a night, but it didn’t matter. I was doing what I wanted, and it kept me going. Then, toward the end of 2007 I found out, through Topatoco, that I had enough readers to justify selling some merchandise. To my genuine surprise, as soon as we put the store up, I was making more money than my office job (which I promptly quit). From there I packed up, moved out of Alabama and never looked back.
Dresden Codak has been my full-time job ever since. It’s let me travel the country and meet amazing people while making a pretty comfortable living, but most importantly I get to do what I enjoy more than anything else. Ever since, I make all of my life decisions based on maximizing what I really want to do, and so far it’s served me well.
Don’t interpret this as an anti-education/college story or anything like that. I just think often we expect success if we do X, Y and Z, when in reality such a thing can’t be reliably handed to you by an authority. Start doing what you want to do now, because life’s far too short to wait around to be happy.
Holy crap I am in the middle of this exact timeline pff
The only universal standards for success are hard work and ambition, everything else is entirely subjective. School, the “right” job or major, all that stuff is supposed to help you get where you want. They’re just tools. If they aren’t working for you then find new ones. There are way too many wildly successful people who completely bypassed the ONE TRUE PATH TO SUCCESS for me to buy into the idea that such a thing exists.
I’m twenty years old today. It’s kind of a scary number I guess, I’m entering a new set of tens and it feels kinda weird.
But! I feel excellent about how I’ve spent my time since graduating high school, the only time I’ve had so far to make real decisions for myself, and I feel excellent about where I’m going. I’ve made a lot of art this last year and I’m going to make even more this time around!
I know I’m fortunate to feel this optimistic. I see a lot of people who are unhappy on their birthdays because they’re displeased with where their life is. I’d like to post a friendly reminder that you can always, always change your circumstances. If your birthday, or any day, comes up and you’re in a shitty relationship, get out of it! If you hate your job, get a new one! If you want to be good at something, start practicing right now!
Change can be super scary, and it’s almost always easier to just stay in a bad situation you’re used to than to carve out a better one from scratch. But if you don’t make an effort then nothing will change! If you’re miserable on your birthday then make plans to fix it by the next one. Even if your plans go all to hell and everything still kind of sucks, you’ll feel a lot better about trying than you will if you don’t do anything!
I hope this finds everybody well and you all have an awesome day.
“We just got back from the prom.”
“Did you have dates?”
Aaaaa look at that smile
if anyone has a tough year ahead of them or behind them
this japanese fisherman will get you back on your feet, i can guarantee
I WON’T GIVE UP, JAPANESE FISHERMAN!!!
THIS IS ACTUALLY SURPRISINGLY INSPIRATIONAL, EVERYONE NEEDS A JAPANESE FISHERMAN TO YELL AT THEM SOMETIMES OKAY
Just wanted to say thanks for a collective 8000+ on my punkdoka sketches!! I’m glad you guys liked them ;u;
If anyone is interested, I could try to make some plastic charms?? Maybe?? ;w;
IDK their would only be like 5 of each girl so it’d be nice to know haha.
So tumblr is really dumb with animated GIFs… you’re likely gonna have to full-view on my dA…;;;
JL8 #120-122 by Yale Stewart
Based on characters in DC Comics. Creative content © Yale Stewart.
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I know two of these have already been posted, but this was originally intended to be a three-page long strip, and now that they’re all finished, I wanted to post them the way I originally intended them to be read.
This is an excellent comic you should be reading!