Show Your Work (Even To Yourself)

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Daily, I’m getting over the idea that my work is “not good enough” or not “cool” enough!

For about a week or two I have been enjoying a picture of my comic strip’s main character, Ken, hanging out on my iPhone wallpaper!

I’m proud of this drawing and I’m often reminded of how far I’ve come in my art and illustrations!

What is it that you’re hiding that you’re working on right now? Anything at all!?

Relating To Fictional Peeps

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What do you see in yourself when you see your favorite character in a TV show, cartoon, book or storyline of some kind?

This is something that I have been struggling with for some time now and it is a very good thing I have! This question has allowed me to discover some things about myself as well as my own characters in my own work.

Take Angelo from “Angelo Rules” for instance! I have been asking myself why I am SO into his character.

Easy…because he reminds me of certain aspects of my own character and personality. Especially since I was able to talk my way in and out of stuff ALL the time. It was how I survived most of my childhood…and teen years! Angelo’s sly and clever traits are a reminder of my own traits and abilities that I use more for good rather than mischief.

What characteristics and personalities do you pull from your favorite characters from your favorite book, TV show, web series or whatever?

 

“Kid Eccentric”

"Kid Eccentric" comic strip being drawn by Kendall Lyons

“Kid Eccentric” comic strip being drawn by Kendall Lyons

 

The other day, I made a small announcement that I would be bringing back my comic strip, “Kid Eccentric.”

“Kid Eccentric” follows the story of a 11-year-old socially awkward and over-analytical boy named Ken. While he’s quite smart for a kid his age, his attempt at understanding a world full of confusing adults and odd classmates is often met with either funny or bad results.

Ken’s wise-beyond-years personality tends to sharply clash with his tendency to be boisterous and this usually get’s him and his best friend, Dylan, in trouble.

I wanted to make this comic strip loosely based on my childhood but from a kid perspective in an effort to say things that I always thought as a kid but dared not to say. I want to speak for every boy whose had thoughts and ideas float around in their head but knew that voicing it even for a moment was going to cost them. At the same time, I want Ken to show all readers that they can be themselves even if it’s a little eccentric…peculiar…weird.

I have multiple influences from the cartoon and comic universe. Truth is, I ate, breathed and slept cartoons, current events, news, meteorology and all things geeky. Sometimes I drove family members nuts with it…even got in trouble from time to time because my mind was so preoccupied with cartoons and comics.

Throughout the comic strip, you can expect Ken to go through all kinds of typical things that 11-year-old’s face: bullies, school, crazy teachers and odd classmates and much more.

Needless to say, the whole project has been fun as I have been churning at least 2-3 strips out each day. I am looking to reach my goal of 22 at least within the next week and a half at this rate.

I’ll keep all of you posted as I move forward to the goal of getting “Kid Eccentric” syndicated.

Life Lessons Learned From A Weekend Of Moving

Starting A New (NOT Starting Over)

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This Sunday was a different experience around the dinner table at my aunt’s and uncle’s. I explained the them that I had no choice but to just move out of my apartment and start things over in my life.

My uncle walked in and exclaimed that this was not merely a “start over” in my life as much as it was a “new beginning.” At least, that’s the best way I remember him saying it. He was telling me how God was moving me from one storyline to a new season…a new storyline.

I’m good with that! Interesting that an hour before he told me that the sermon at church was about “Pressing On.”

Moving out was hard…both physically and mentally. The more my apartment emptied out the more depressing it looked. I recalled all the fun times I had staying in that place and wished that it would last a little longer. But throughout the entire move it felt like the Lord was letting me see some things…little things that spoke large volumes over the situation.

Ultimately, I learned if you want to go forward and be successful, sometimes the thing, the places, the people that we hold on too so tightly have to go in order for us to go forward.

Blasts From The Past

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Speaking of going forward, I ran into some items that reminded me of how far I have come and my passions…from old comics and illustrations I sketched together…to old hats I used to wear from my favorite media outlets…right down to some comic books that I bought from an epic cartoonist named Chris Moujaes.

As I held on to those comics, I kid-like kind of excitement surged through me as I thought about the very first time I bought “Coz Effect” and “Battlegate.” I read them over and over and I promised myself I wouldn’t get rid of these…EVER! The illustrations and drawings as well as the impeccable storyline was too good to just let go. I even got the chance to read a page or two even though I was really supposed to be packing.

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Typical cartoonist and comic fan…I know!

But, I couldn’t help it. Which, of course, reminded me of my own passion and the passion I have for media.

Even when I found my old Fox 4 News hat, I felt the same way. The excitement…the memories…the fact that all of my experiences began to culminate into something bigger than myself. Right now…it sucked…but looking at these mile markers made me realize that it was really going to be “OK.”

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Now What…?!

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Once I was done moving into my new spot, I plugged in the TV and my computer and chose to stream some local news to catch up with the universe and watch “Gravity Falls.”

I had to relax and rest and let myself soak up my new surroundings and the new reality of what was potentially to come.

Right now, everything seems to be moving at fast pace but I’m confident that things will surely slow down a bit. I haven’t had a chance to do a WHOLE lot of writing or drawing and that’s sort of making me anxious and irritable.

As I read and look at epic work that inspires me to follow my passion of writing and cartooning along with ministry in the first place…people like Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate), Danny Fry (Skooled), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and H.G. Sansostri (Little Dudes Skool Survival Guide)….I can’t help but be excited about my own work and the future that lies before me!

God called me to a great place and position and I refuse to be upset or disappointed about my current spot in life.

 

But, I won’t let it frustrate me…after all, I have Faith that it’ll work out and that if I’m disciplined and focus the time will be available to do what I’ve been called to do.

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