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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Historical Sarah Comics, Part 1

I haven't posted in over a month. That's so very highly not okay.
I just drank some coffee so I'm not going to be over thinking this post, I'm just gonna type and get it up impulsively and it'll probably turn out fairly dumb-headed.

I haven't been drawing much lately, I'm gone from Ontario now, and am hanging out in Portland Oregon for the summer with my handsome young man-slave Eliot. I get to molest him like a creepy old woman on a regular basis, and in return he seems to be fond of me. I don't understand it, but when you luck out, why over-analyze?

So the point I was getting to is that I've been moving and checking out Portland and all that, and doing a whole lot of not drawing. In fact, drawing has totally fallen out of favor with me for a while, now. I'm going to be doing some sort of art activities over the summer, but the precise form has not fully gestated yet.

So since I don't have anything exciting to post (two days ago I did two of the worst paintings that have ever been created on this earth. Should I suffer the world to see them? perhaps someday. not today.) Instead, I'm going to post some of my old works... not old as in a year or two old... oh, no, old meaning pre-art school. Dating back to those painfully self-conscious yet innocently non-self-aware days of jr. high. Some of my favorite work dates back from them. I was bursting with unfulfilled romantic yearnings, obsessions with drawing Disney characters, super social awkwardness, absolutely no writing talent, and a history of reading much too many Archie comics. A powerful brew.

Pocahontas in "High Flying Ride". Late elementary school... probably Grade 5. I drew Pocahontas obsessively. She walked the line between being my "I Want To Be Her" idol of feminine grace and charm, and my first cartoon crush. I was able to enter into her romantic world by drawing her constantly, and the comic form allowed my drawings to have that added dimension of life that story lends. Note the Archie comic-like layout and title.
This is, if memory serves me correctly, the first comic I ever created. Luckily, I can lay blame for this limp piece of writing with my childhood chum Melissa Harder. For all my future comics, however, the bad writing is all me.

Pocahontas, untitled comic. Maybe late Grade 5, or Grade 6.
Colored in pencil crayon, this time. No one understood the story of this comic. Come on, people... see, Pocahontas takes Meeko berry picking with her, because he can carry the extra berries in his cheeks. Isn't that HILARIOUS and CLEVER?
Pocahontas in "Just Kidding". Grade 6.
Wait, how about this for a plot- have two characters being total asses to each other over something completely petty. It's funny! The structure of this comic is really reminiscent of the one page Archie comic gags, and is a formula that I start to repeat over and over, and over again. I guess I just found the world to be a playfully cruel place.

Pocahontas engages in some ironic twists and witty word play on the original movie script; Hercules and Megera act like jerks to each other; Esmeralda is cruel to the well-meaning Phoebus; and tons of other mythological fun-filled adventures!!


  • hahaha! yes! So glad you posted these!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:06 PM  

  • Oh man... I remember them all - lol, awesome! :D
    However this: "I get to molest him like a creepy old woman on a regular basis, and in return he seems to be fond of me." BEST LINE EVER. I love it - oh how I miss you Sar! ttys

    By Anonymous Katie, at 6:55 AM  

  • We all miss you lots lots. ( I do more than them, they're just how they are)

    Nice little comics :P


    By Blogger alexandre, at 6:04 PM  

  • that was one of the funnier blog posts i've ever read LOL

    glad to hear you're enjoying portland.. say hi to eliot for me!


    ps. stefan says hi too.

    By Blogger clifford chiu, at 6:35 PM  

  • Sarah you are quite possibly the most fascinating person that ive ever had the pleasure of meeting, but never really getting to know. haha. The cartoons are fantastic..i think i enjoyed them more than the actual movie itself. Ummm yah, i guess i might as well say i'm really envious of your artistic exploration, and your lack of fear of doing so. I can only wish i only had the balls to do something like but i dont think that day will come for me. Not yet anyways. Not quite ready sadly haha. Umm yah keep it up. Glad your enjoying Eliot..i mean portland

    By Blogger Dave Hoggan, at 9:53 PM  

  • Hi Sarah -- we had a spontaneous conversation at Floating World Comics tonight (June 7) here in lovely Portland, Oregon. Like I said, I've been trying to be more spontaneous and you contributed to that desire. What a coincidence that I mentioned wanting to scan some of my old drawings/doodles from elementary school -- and here's some work from your past lives on the blog. Anyway, it was nice to meet you. I hope you continue to enjoy Portland. You and your b'friend should visit the Japanese Gardens, if you haven't been yet.


    By Blogger northwestportlander, at 1:50 AM  

  • Pocohantas was definitely grade 6. I'm glad you mentioned my name because just before i read that part i was about to just immediately hit the Comments button and write this little diddy. "Dear Sarah, remember the times when you would come over to my house and I would LITERALLY hide every single Archie comic (which did happen to be about 700) that i owned because otherwise you would spend the ENTIRE time reading comics and not playing?? ..or how about when we would be at your house, and you would excuse yourself to the washroom, and a good 25 minutes later when i realized you hadn't yet returned to playing 21 with me, would come knocking on the bathroom door with a quizzitive remark, and you would say "woops! (and it was woops..not oops....Woops) I got caught up reading an Archie!" .....sigh. OR how you call Reggie ReGie (how do i portray this horrid mispronunciation over blog.... (Reg(like..regular)ee.). Oh the times

    By Blogger Melissa, at 9:51 PM  

  • Bhahaha! That last one was priceless. Man, I never knew Pocohantas was such a bitch. Thanks for showing me the way, Sarah. (btw, I got a fricken blog...)

    By Blogger Mel Maduro, at 2:15 AM  

  • Omg those were awesome x)
    I like the last one the best.

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