I’ve had a difficult last couple of months, but have also found a level of strength and self-acceptance that I didn’t think I had in me. For this comic, I’m using pop culture to explain some of this journey.
Howdy and happy holidays, everyone! I could cap off the year with a treatise on trauma and redemption – but instead am sharing a calendar I made for my mom combining two of her favorite things: Minions and Idris Elba.
After recently writing about my experiences in Poland 5 years ago, I decided to transform a Facebook note that I wrote shortly afterward into my more recently developed comic format. For music videos mentioned in the comic, see links below.
“Sexualna” (Promo Video)
Key & Peele – “LMFAO’s Non-Stop Party”
Summary: On going crazy trying to brand this site and Gig-Ready Jazz Bassist, deciding I’m NOT a brand, and developing my “anti-brand.”
As a bonus, here are some possible “anti-brand” projects in the works:
- Switching almost exclusively to comic format
- More “A Musical History of the Naughty Aughties” (Part 1, Part 2) and related series
- Converting some of my Sounds of Laughter materials into comics
- Covering a variety of topics – old favorites such as freelancing, instructional design, and yoga; and perhaps a few new ones
Part 2: From “Beat It” to “California Gurls” – how hip-hop replaced rock as the incongruous element in pop music For music examples mentioned in the comic, see below and “A Musical History of the Naughty Aughties, Part 1.”
Sample from “Beat It” Intro (starts at 3:30)
As part of my branding overhaul, I’m switching back to full-fledged web comics about pop music and related topics. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – create a series about pop music of the “Naughty Aughties” (2000-2009). See below for YouTube links to songs/videos referenced in the comic.
MNSB is my monthly series where I combine my childhood obsession with shadow boxes with my adult fascination with musical minutia. Because I’ve been too busy, I’ve thrown together a “Valentine’s Month” (which is now a thing, apparently) edition.