When I first started this comic in 2013 I had intended its core tenet to be the antithesis to every single one of the countless movies / TV shows / books / comics / blogs about “life as a millennial in this wacky modern world!”.
You’ve no doubt seen many examples of these. The quirky twenty-something protagonist who’s navigating the ups and downs of first world city life, having misadventures in dating, the workplace, and daily life. But what if these misadventures went comically beyond “unfair”? I wanted to write a narrative where inexplicably, very little went right for the main character.
By the time 2014 rolled around I had plenty of real life experiences to draw on, as that year was an endurance gauntlet like no other. I’ve mixed and matched a lot of different events throughout this comic, but you’d be surprised at which things were actually true. I am, and always have been, a happy-go-lucky optimist at heart, but the relentless barrage of roadblocks that year really began to take a toll on me. In turn I wrote them into the comic.
Surprise! Turns out- it’s not a fun read. The constant bleakness was not something most people want to regularly ingest, especially when it was uncomfortably candid. I’ve often gone back to certain episodes-mostly from 2014- and rewritten some of the dialogue because it was just too nihilistic. Anyone who waded into this morass quickly felt drained, worn down and upset. Totally understandable!
Still I soldiered on. Months passed. Years passed. Some things in life got better! Others stayed the same.
It was in early 2016 that I realized I was regurgitating the same themes over and over and over and even acknowledging that repetition within the comic. And so a project that was supposed to be an outlet for my frustration ended up contributing to it. So I’ve decided to end it. But in a real, non-quitting way, for closure’s sake.
What am I gonna do now? Still gotta figure that out, but I’m paying money for this site so probably gonna keep using it.
Definitely going to blog more. Thinkpieces, joke articles, reviews, countdowns- all will be found in the BLOG section. I’m also going to post very in-depth personal entries about my own life and the who/what/wheres that matter. However they will be password protected, so if you’d like access please email me. This’ll let me be much less infuriatingly vague, and will keep them from interfering with my work.
I’ve got a few (much more) lighthearted comic ideas kicking around. Still figuring out which ones would be best but it shouldn’t be too long before you see more cartoonz.
I’d really like to develop an aesthetic that looks better than “glorified BitStrips”. But do you really expect high art from a comic inspired by the most marvelously melodramatic piece of pop from the past 15 years?
Maybe I’ll return to AFQ one day. But for now I need to let it rest, and just like my character I need to gain some new experiences and perspectives in order to grow as a person and a creator.
So please enjoy whatever else pops up here. Also if you haven’t already- please do check out my ongoing sketch comedy video series.
Thank you for reading.