“Oops! Drawist forgot to dot my dress in the last panel.” Thalia bounced like Tigger. “I’m not so sure about these thought strips,” Nia fussed. “Less words means our drawings will have to convey what we can’t say.” “It’s an experiment,” Cal soothed. “Ralph Waldo… ‘All of life is an experiment. The more experiments the better!’ Let’s try one or two strips a week and see how it goes?”
whoop whoop for strips!!
I love how you try out so many things. It's GREAT.
Strips, Thought strips? Yes!
“I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. • via Typist”
The direction we are “moving” determines everything! It decides what we can and cannot do… Doing makes all the difference. Yoda talked about this…
The only thing better is “being.” Like “be not afraid” or be kind, be generous, be curious, be…
“I am always doing things I can't do, that’s how I get to do them.” ~Pablo Picasso
Everything is in the “doing” of it…
Yay for Strips! 🙌🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🙌🏼
Graphic novels and even memoirs are the "in" thing these days, so you're right on trend, Gail. Or, perhaps, starting a new one!
BUTTON: “When’s the right time to tell your dog they’re adopted?” 😁
I like the thought strips! Always try stuff, Gail, you come up with the most amazing things!
"Where one of her novel ideas migrated to another author when Liz ignored it for too long"
That particular story blew my mind!
I'm not sure how it works for you, Gail, but anytime I notice that kind of immediate reaction and activation around a new idea, I'm convinced I'm on the right track or heading in the right direction. I'm happy for you that this happened!
Love these quotes Gail - very appropriate for me today. Thanks!
I LOVE Tigger. He is my favorite!! And why, because he's bouncey, trouncey, flouncey, pouncey and he's the ONLY one!! Not sure I understand "thought strips" unless they area several pictures with no words but each picture leads to the next and eventually you can imagine what comes next. If I'm not mistake Calvin and Hobbes, Charlie Brown and a few others have done this too.
Emily in Paris is my guilty pleasure...
I am humbled that my book inspires you to make comics. That is so great. My daughters often make a comic too. Or they think of a comic I should draw. Always good fun too.
Thank you for your courage too!
What fun! Not unlike watching a star go Super Nova!! Einstein stated, “Matter can neither be created nor destroyed.” Better still, that also includes Energy!
So I propose that paintist, sketchist, thinkist, typist is being Transformed, the term Einstein used. As Bob Dylan wrote, “She who ain’t busy bein’ born is busy dyin’.” Born into new ways of being, before our very eyes.
Pretty cool, huh?
And this reader/viewer realizes one challenge for creator extraordinaire is to create cartoons/thought strips without the traditional linear, left to right orientation of the individual panels. Perhaps some of us older followers (moi?) could find the present configuration “unstrippish!”
The panorama function of smartphone cameras can record the strip look but small screens of phones and SubStack formats don’t lend themselves to ideal representations?!
Newer generations and social media I bet render this a non-issue?! Tal may lament her loss of dots and eyelashes. Nia, with her penchant for precision and details, may suffer at first. Maybe you can present this art form as a form of sign language?
If The Muses threaten rebellion, just use me to illustrate a point, “Consider the possibility to convert an avalanche of words into a four panel thought strip! Then create some empty panels titled, “Silence Is Golden.” 🤣