Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Early Years: an Idea I Had

Yes, folks, that's a mullet and I have a perm. That dates us pretty much doesn't it??? But my hub is a musician and a lot of them had mullets in those days. This is my new Sunday series, "The Early Years". There were some interesting things that happened in those early days and tho I can't always remember the exact conversation, I remember very well the emotion and sentiment, so I'm doing my best to make these comics true to the original event. This is the story of our first child, Riley, and with his permission, I'm going to tell his story to the best of my ability.

Oh, and just for fun, I made an Influence Map showing which comics inspired me to make my own comics! There were many more, but these are probably the ones that I loved the best. Of course, "Maus" was the most influential and almost life changing. If you haven't read it yet, you should. It's a classic.  I didn't add Garfield, because I was embarrassed to admit I read Garfield. I also had a pretty decent collection of MAD Magazines too. I was the only girl I knew that read those. That makes me pretty geeky I'm thinking.

1. Eyebeam by Sam Hurt (these were published in the University of Texas newspaper when I went to school there.
2. Maus by Art Speigelman. A classic tale of survival in World War II
3. Lynda Barry. I LOVE HER.
4. Peanuts. Well, duh. What's not to love?
5. Matt Groening's Life in Hell. 
6. Farside
The rest are just the comic books I read as a child.

If you'd like to make your own Influence Map, you can find a template here: . I'd love to see what you all come up with!


  1. Aw man, i'm so stoked for a Sunday color comic series! I want to do one too!! And I don't know what you're talking about but mullets and perms are never going to be something that anybody should ever feel embarrassed about!

  2. i love the longer strip! it looks awesome

  3. Great idea, Robin. The pacing and close-up selection is really wonderful because, even though it's a conversation between you and your husband in bed, there's still a lot of tension. I can't wait for next Sunday.

  4. Allen, you already do one on Sunday, all you have to do is color it!!! I love Tickled Pink!!!

    Thanks Sam and Matt. This is going to be a challenging comic to make, I can already tell...

  5. Funny strip! Hey I TOTALLY love Life in Hell and MAUS too. They were two HUGE influences on me as well.

  6. Love the Sunday memory. Can't wait to see more! I find it fascinating to see people's influences. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Yay! tick of approval to all here.Peanuts everybody must manatorially love it...Life in hell yay! whatever happened to that Groening guy.......

  8. Eyebeam is in The Austin Chronicle now.
    We heard we could meet Sam Hurt at some Austin Sketch Group thing, but we're really anti-social.
    But... Now we might need to meet a business colleague there, so... maybe we'll bother.
    Anyway... When you come to STAPLE! maybe we can introduce you.

  9. MC, that would be so cool! I have been thinking of writing to him since he was very influential in my "comics career". I am going to plan a trip... I just have to!