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Joe “Crazy 8’s” and I did these sketches during one of our meetings at a coffee shop! 

When I first started drawing I was by myself for the most part. I would post some of my work online and I would create with hopes that I would get some kind of input or advice or compliment.

Sure, at one point I was a member on DeviantArt and then later I connected with others on social media like Twitter and Facebook. It helped quite a bit.

But, I wanted even more!

Then, Instagram came in to the mix and I was fortunate to team up with other cartoonists…one in person and one from Canada.

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On Instagram, I often connect with Joe, the creator of “Crazy 8s” and Dave from Canada, the creator of the Instagram comic called “Kid and Mouse.” 

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Joe and I have constantly meet up to discuss our passion for comic strips, discussing and analyzing the works of people like Charles Schulz (Peanuts) and Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) and names that some might not know and independent artists.

I’ve learned a LOT from both Joe and Dave. We’ve done crossovers and collaborations together and they have shared their own tricks of the trade in comic strip creation. But, this couldn’t be if it wasn’t for the idea of connecting, networking and building a community.

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Characters from my webcomic, “By and By,” Walter Ayo and Ace Fox meet Bill and Carl!

When times get rough and we get a little down, Joe, Dave and I often will connect via the web and chat and encourage one another! This is a HUGE investment!

Every bit of that moment and time matters!

Every artist needs a community in which to connect and learn from. It’s not recommended to go it alone in a field or area of interest no matter what it is you’re studying or practicing. You need others to come alongside you and help you. You need people in which to grow with and learn and share with.

I’m fortunate that Joe and Dave are a part of that with me! And, I’m grateful for the other great cartoonists that I’ve connected with both independent and syndicated. And I’m looking forward to connecting with many more artists.

 

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Fan Art & Kickstarter

February 13, 2016

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Doing a bit of work on my Kickstarter (Go here to support) and while promoting I met someone really cool on Instagram!!!

This kind person created some really cool fan art for my original character, Walter Ayo, of the webcomic “By and By.” 

I haven’t had fan art in a VERY long time so this was really cool.

The fact that my webcomic has the potential to inspire and excite other creatives and entertain and enlighten readers is really powerful to me.

It is also VERY humbling!

THANK YOU so much @crystal_and_giggy_arts of Instagram.

IMG_0623It was at age 13 that I received my first journal as a gift from my Mother.

I wasn’t sure what I would actually write about or if I would even bother journaling in the first place. But, the minute I put a pen to that paper, I was hooked. I was able to release a TON of thoughts and concerns and anxieties that I had as I sojourned through what was essentially an awkwardly yet successfully survived and blessed boyhood.

Even though I do love the digital touch of blogging, for me, theirs something about writing in a journal that really capstones my experience as a writer.

Therapeutic

I needed this growing up. As a kid, I would often visit the school counselor like I was a modern day Charlie Brown. But, journaling did something similar for me. I really found myself being able to release junk that was floating in my mind and on my heart onto paper. I’m not going to lie, it felt weird sometimes being THAT honest with myself. But, I knew that I could be. I had the space, the privacy and the resources to be able to just be real on paper. It also helped that the journal I had at age 13 had a lock on it that was so efficient that the NSA couldn’t get to it.

Tracking My Progress

As a Christian, as a man and as someone whose totally imperfect and who has the potential for failure at any given time, it is imperative for me to keep a journal of my thoughts, feelings, ideas and everything that pours out from my mind and heart. I journal because it keeps me focused on always  living and operating better as well as reminding me to remain humble. I have wrote about things in my journal that to this day still make me blush and scratch my head. Because of this, when I revisit my old journals, I am quickly reminded of how far the Lord brought me and, frankly, reminded of how blessed I am and how I am not deserving of how good I have it. Because I check back on those old journals, I can celebrate my successes and be reminded of my mission.

Keeps My Ideas Balanced

I come up with multiple ideas during the day about multiple things. I wonder sometimes if I’m ADD I come up with so much stuff. But, journaling and writing keeps things focused. Oddly enough, I wasn’t journaling or blogging as much and because of that I was suffering. My Pastor called me out on it (thanks uncle). As he’s always told me, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So, I got back into journaling in my book and writing down my journey and planning forward and I started seeing things materialize before me. This is SO key for me.

Best Gift Idea

I bet that if you give a significant other or even your kids, grandkids or nieces or nephews or cousins a journal, I bet you they will come up with all kinds of things to write about or even draw.

You might be surprised! They may need it.

 

Back To My Roots

December 14, 2015
Beanie caps are awesome. That's all their is to it! - Kendall Lyons

Beanie caps are awesome. That’s all their is to it! – Kendall Lyons

It feels good to actually be back. I mean, really, really, really good! I haven’t really wrote in my blog for some time now and that is only because it has been crazy on my end.

The year 2015 has been a year filled with multiple changes and experiences and struggles that have only made me a better person going into the end of the year. I’m a better man because of this year and my Faith is even better because of the reality of having Jesus Christ in my life.

Coming back to my writing and blogging roots, much like where I started a few years ago, is exceptionally important to me now more than ever. My hope is that as I glide through my early 30’s you enjoy some of my life commentary and wisdom as I seek to learn from others before me and share them here.

During this day and age…now more than ever…it matters.

It matters because in this time and in this age I am required to speak up. Being silent just isn’t a luxury that I can afford and frankly I’m not interested in having it.

What you can expect to see here on the blog is a LOT more of my commentary on Media, Faith and Culture and reviewing where everything appears to be shifting. I’ll do very best as I can. There’s an awful lot to consider.

Do continue to stay tuned! Things are about to get really, really interesting!