I completed a new comic last week called “Have a Good Paradise.” This is a new direction for me as it’s strictly autobiographical, about growing up in the Greek-American diaspora and my relationship with my maternal grandmother. I’m really proud of this story and hope you enjoy it.
The first three pages are below, and you can read the entire comic (for free!) right here: http://photinakis.com/portfolio/have-a-good-paradise/
Read the rest of this comic: http://photinakis.com/portfolio/have-a-good-paradise/
More of a Tumblr person? You can love or reblog the comic here: http://merakimou.tumblr.com/post/140573826535/my-new-autobiographical-comic-have-a-good
While working on this comic, I really pushed myself to slow down and add more detail and texture to my panels. The magic of comics and graphic novels is when you can just get lost in a great drawing and feel like you jump in the panel and explore. A great sense of place and real atmosphere lingers with me long after I’ve put the comic away. That’s a feeling I’d like to capture in my work more and more with each comic that I make.
I need to say a HUGE thank you to Heide Solbrig and the Boston Comics Roundtable, as I took the BCR’s class on autobiographical comics that Heide taught, and her edits and crits were crucial in making this comic come to fruition. Heide’s experience in telling fantastic stories through film, comics and other media was so crucial in helping me understand how to tell an effective story here. I came to this class feeling quite “blocked” and now I feel a lot more confident in knowing how to move forward, how to find the key elements of stories I want to tell, and being brutally honest with what edits need to be made!
And if you are thinking of taking a class via the Boston Comics Roundtable, I say YES! Jump in and DO IT! My classmates were all incredible and I learned so much from each of them. Honestly I’m going to miss seeing everyone now that class is over (though I suppose this is even more motivation for me to show up to the Thursday BCR meetings 🙂 )
I hope to take what I learned from this class and apply it to even more stories — I think I have enough stories about my experiences growing up that I can make a full graphic novel from this. I’m thinking of calling it Benedictions. So if you hear me referring to Benedictions… this comic is just the first chapter, so to speak 🙂
Me, looking exhausted (but actually feeling awesome!) after a very full weekend of Somerville Open Studios
It was a pleasure and an honor to welcome so many people into my studio this weekend for Somerville Open Studios 2014. So many of you came by to see what I’ve been up to, give me feedback and support. I am so bolstered by everyone’s encouragement and enthusiasm for what I’m doing in my little Comics Bunker at Mad Oyster Studios!
For everyone that came by and asked about my work: THANK YOU!
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Admittedly I was very nervous to participate in my very first Somerville Open Studios, but now that I’ve been through this amazing experience, I already can’t wait to do it again next year.
I’m just getting started — can’t wait to show you all what I’ve got in store!
Took this photo of the panel I’d just inked as it dried on my studio desk. Writing a comic about the Boston Marathon bombings has been tough as I’ve mentioned in previous posts. I don’t want to be seen as trying to exploit the event or hitching my wagon to it for some perverted reason. I live and work a street away from Boylston street and the bombing happened in my neighborhood — so I’ve been trying to draw a short story that was authentic to my experience living and being around that terrible event without resorting to cliches (the finish line, the sneakers). Living in the area after the bombing was a world away from what the news was portraying, honestly. I think I finally found the image I was looking for to conclude this little story, I dug it up from my memory last night and put it together.
After the fact, here’s my childhood friend Santa Bear admiring his, I mean my, hard work drying on the drafting table.
Work for my submission for In A Single Bound #3 continues apace! I am nearly done this project after working pretty steadily on it for the last 2 weeks. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at what I’ve been doing. It’s like seeing my comics in their undies, but sharing is caring after all!
Still roughing things out a bit here, but I’d done a lot of thumbnailing work previously and knew generally were things were going to go.
Page two, last panel. This one gave me a lot of problems, I scrapped it a few times and started over. This is the latest version, I am much, much happier with it!
A big establishing shot, super close-up here.
This is the first page with most of the contour lines done. Placed down masking fluid where appropriate so I could apply some ink washes…
The page after the ink washes have dried. Still needs a lot of refining and finessing, but the character of the page is starting to come through.
This is on page two, my favorite panel so far. The dialog is pretty much a direct quote from the super, super cute 4 year old girl I interviewed for this comic. I was giggling the whole time when making this panel, it’s completely adorable.
I’ve had a great time working on this short comic and can’t wait to share the finished product with you! – Maria