I don’t like when bloggers make posts about “WELL YOU’RE PROBS WONDERING WHERE I DUN BIN” but there’s really no other way for me to preface this post. It’s probably going to be a longer one and I don’t know if that looks obnoxious on your feed and I’m sorry but I don’t know how that “read more” link works. (Even nearly a year into using this site I still feel like something of an outsider. (Not a complaint.)) This post is really just for anyone who may have been wondering why I effectively disappeared from the Internet for a few months without saying anything.
So starting where I left off. I made a big old graphic novel and that took about three or maybe more months to complete. I think it was pretty close to my original vision and I got a lot of positive feedback from those who read it so thanks. It’s got problems but I think the overall impression of the project is still a positive one in my mind, and that’s kind of rare for me and my work. I could talk about the process of making it but since the book itself isn’t anything truly brilliant it probably wouldn’t be worth anyone else’s time but my own to read.
Okay so I made that and finished it sometime in January. Those winter months were some pretty dark times for me because my parents were convinced that I wasn’t going to graduate high school and that I’d be a bum forever or whatever. I was sort of on that mindset as well but I think it really mattered more to them than it did to me.
I’ve always been a pretty terrible student. Okay maybe in like elementary school I was alright, but that’s because they didn’t really expect much of me back then. All you had to do was be a good kid, which I am. But the last six years of my school experience has basically been me procrastinating and getting distracted and disorganized while people told me that this behavior “wasn’t gonna fly in the future.” By the time I got to senior year I had a GPA of 1.6. I didn’t really think I had any chance of getting into college by that point. If you’re looking closely there’s actually a page in 3 Sided Sun where I used a pink transcript form as a panel gutter texture because my guidance counselor gave it to me and I thought I’d never need it.
Then I applied to Becker College in Massachusetts. It was recommended to me because they supposedly have one of the best game design programs in the country and I’m pretty sure that’s what I want to do with a lot of my life. The average GPA for incoming freshman was 3.3. I went through the application process and sent them my sat scores as well as a portfolio of all the games I’d worked on. Apparently they dug those last two things because I ended up getting accepted with a $40,000 scholarship.
Again, I am a D student.
Of course the whole thing would be void if I failed to actually graduate, so my parents took away my Internet access to make sure that happened.
So that’s where I’ve been as well as a little of where I’m going. It’s summer now and I’m hoping to get back to comics again soon, though I think I may be changing up the format again because my computer with all the old templates got overheated and died while I was away. So I might try doing some old fashioned scanned art like I did with the graphic novel. Still got a backlog of ideas though that I gotta use. Also a bunch of other random projects that I started and sometimes completed. May go into detail on that later. I wrote a play and made some animations with my brother. It’s summer now. I will continue regular updates in the coming weeks, hopefully next time with some real content.
Love, your old friend, Patty Dan-Dan