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Punch your existential crisis in the face



I just finished a draft/thumbnails for a short kids comic book last week, and I’ve been trying to muster the energy to redraw it. Part of the problem is that now I’ve already finished one graphic novel, I know how much work it is and how long it will take. I’m not sure if I want to start just yet, or if I want to do all those other things I’ve been putting off, like the garden, and the curtains that would make my bedroom so much warmer.

In the meantime I’ve read a wonderful graphic novel – My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (see, I mustn’t spend all my time on my phone) – and also a beautiful poetry book by my friend Johanna Emeney, Family History.

If you want to see what poster I was talking about, it’s below, but unfortunately the artist didn’t sign it so I have no idea who made it! I’m hoping someone will help me solve the mystery.


It’s pretty cool, right?

UPDATE: I now know who the artist is – Aimee Smith! Thanks for the intel, Kirsten!


13 Comments leave one →
  1. 15/06/2017 10:14 pm

    I liked how so many pictures appeared before opening your blog post.
    Please help me out with it! I can’t feature more than one at a time.

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      15/06/2017 10:17 pm

      I just go to ‘add media’, insert a number of images, make sure I have the order right, and then I check the box so they all go in a row

  2. 16/06/2017 1:36 am

  3. daveyone1 permalink
    16/06/2017 8:36 am

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

  4. Caroline permalink
    16/06/2017 11:33 am

    This is great writing and drawing, Sarah. I love your publicly performed neuroses! So much more interesting than mine… But now I feel selfish for wanting you to continue. Oh dear…

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      17/06/2017 2:51 pm

      Thank you, Caroline! Sometimes I tell myself I’m doing a public service and it makes me feel better about it! And I’m sure your neuroses are very interesting – maybe it’s just our own that feel boring to us

  5. Kirsten Slade permalink
    16/06/2017 1:08 pm

    I can solve the mystery of the unsigned print! It was drawn by my table mate at the zine market, Aimee Smith – you can find more of her fantastic work on instagram @aimeemoniquesmith

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      16/06/2017 1:10 pm

      Thanks, Kirsten! I will go follow her on instagram.

  6. 17/06/2017 11:51 am

    I love this – and am happy to have a gardening day with you anytime you feel like it! I was having a crisis of confidence about writing as I was invited to a real writer’s group meeting. I got there and was immediately put at ease by a kitten in the house who decided to climb all over me and then rest on my shoulder for most of the discussion. I also felt like every cute kitten meme was being enacted in real life and it really helped me feel calm enough to be a reasonably coherent part of the discussion. If only I had a cat that followed me everywhere…instead we have two freerange rabbits who are in trouble with the neighbour for eating his garden and pooing on his deck. Sigh.

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      17/06/2017 2:53 pm

      Haha oh dear! Sounds like our ex-rabbits who ran away never to be seen again (they are probably annoying gardeners still). And feel free to come over any time to hang out in our garden! It is huge and always needs work. Right now Jonathan is transplanting ringaringa so that we don’t have to mow a lawn that we never mow anyway

      • Sarah Laing permalink*
        17/06/2017 2:53 pm

        Also feel free to invite me over if you ever want gardening company in your own garden!

  7. Mary-Ann Ewing permalink
    13/08/2017 12:38 pm

    I hope you don’t act on your impulse to stop writing your blog as I have just discovered it and really enjoy it. I loved your graphic novel (“Mansfield and me”) and am recommending it to everyone. At the same time, i can understand your dilemma about whether or not to immediately start writing another one …..what do you do? Do you just wait until your creative urge leads you into a particular direction…or is it more pragmatic than that?

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