Sometimes strange side projects (especially writing projects) take on a life of their own and become the main focus. These projects shuffle their way to center stage and keep the other ideas simmering in the background for a little bit. These side projects help reinvigorate me, and allows me reevaluate the main focus of my work. The result is usually a more focused, better and refreshed way of doing things.
While some side projects are little paintings inspired by a visit to a laundromat, one of my most notorious side projects was the Really White Vigilante comic books that I wrote and drew. The project started out as a simple way to work on something while recharging my painting batteries ended up engulfing my life for three years, ending up with some notoriety, acclaim, an Onion interview, and meeting one of my closest friends. While I still daydream about repackaging that concept into a more finalized, refined, and better product, time isn’t always on your side.
The last few years for me have been pretty rough. I got out of an ill-fitting relationship that left me bruised. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what’s next. Because of this, my studio work has struggled. Staying busy and working is the way to break out of this general malaise. In doing so, I’m going to create something that I can be proud of once again.
So this writing project is going to take a while, as I’m going to work full throttle on painting and showing. Pages and pages of notes have been written about themes and plots. Character development is on the way as I type this. I want this project to be a light hearted comedy with a dark hearted soul, so the jokes will have to be sharp. If I run into you in person, I’ll gladly tell you more, but for now, just hold on…
I’ve written things before. I’m confident I can tell a good story. I have lots of experiences to draw from. I linked to a couple of writing stories, both apropos and worth reading. In the meantime, take a look at some blurred out thumbnails. You’ll have to wait a bit for more details: