Conrad seems to be learning that little skill we all seem to develop – Rationalizing what we should do against what we want to do. Of course, Evil-Conrad seems to always sing the sweeter song
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I’m trying to use more color lately to see what the effect is on the comic. Does it improve it visually, comically, etc? I’m also getting closer to getting one of those Wacom tablets. The mouse coloring method seems to be very old fashioned.
Although this is an old comic it is my first 4-panel comic in color. I am playing with adding color to my comics more than just the black and white. Using the mouse is a VERY time consuming process though. I’m looking into graphics tablets; I’ve heard they are great time savers and fun to use.
People have directed to me buy the Wacom tablet. That Cintiq looks like a real beauty but $2000 is lottery cash I just don’t have. I gotta learn about the coupla-hundred dollar range versions.
I feel the concept of ‘Winning’ is not always so easy to spot. Sometimes victory doesn’t reveal itself until many years later.
For instance, when I was younger my mother lost many battles with me when she tried to force me to make my bed everyday, especially in high school. If I didn’t do it then during breakfast I would be subject to stories of how she could have been a nurse if she didn’t get pregnant, how painful labor pains are, how she raised me to be clean, the suffering she went through to bring me into this world, etc, etc …
I was so determined to rebel against her that by the time I went away to college I would go semesters without changing the sheets. The sweet smell of victory wasn’t so sweet but in my mind I had WON!! Although women never willingly slept in my bed I believe it was mostly because my roommate’s unwashed underwear pile kept them away and not because of my soap-challenged sheets. He and I still disagree on this point; he says it had something to do with my face and personality.
Anyways, I promised my mother — despite her tears — that when I was older I would never make my bed. Muhahahahahaahah!!!! … But it turns out, now that I’m an adult, I can’t stand to see my bed not made. I understand now that my mom has won the war and I have actually lost. Mother’s are tricky that way. Victory, it seems, can sometimes take years to reveal itself. For Italian moms guilt is a very successful weapon of choice.
In this comic strip Winslow was wise to defend himself with what Italian mother’s call “The Ancient Sicilian Madre’s Autodifesa.” … As I found out the hard way — there is no defense.
This youthful development was a continuing personal struggle when I was a teenager through my twenties. Why did girls gravitate so much to the jerks and selfish abusive boyfriends? I couldn’t figure it out.
Once I saw both sides I eventually learned the sad answer of why this happens and my life has been much better for it, but for years and years it left me perplexed. I feel sorry for Conrad because he is destined to walk this path … as well as millions of other teen boys and girls. Some things are just hard-wired.