39. Flashpoint, Part 2/7

Flashpoint, part 2 of 7. Boy is standing between his step brother and his step brother's friend. His step brother's friend is holding a gun, and behind him a window is shot out. Boy angrily says that's my bee bee gun, give it to me. The friend, now confused, says erm. The step brother sheepishly says do it...

38. Flashpoint, Part 1 of 7

Flashpoint, part 1 of 7. Boy sitting at his computer overhears nice shot! from outside and says hmm? Boy looks out the window with a mild expression and hears hahaha! duuude! He thinks to himself I wonder what they're up to. hey, wait... Boy is still looking out the window, now angry. That's mine! he thinks. Boy storms away from the window, furious.

37. Broken Filling

man holding side of mouth says "This is karma for questioning my dentist's skills while on a trip. Damn."

36. Two Weeks

Work colleague says Hey man, sorry to hear you're leaving. I learned tons from you. Man says Hey, yeah, thanks. It was great to work with you too. Another work colleague is waiting to speak to man. Man thinks I'm out of unique nice things to say, I hope no one notices...

35. Burn Out

Burnout. Panel 1: Man floating on log, thinking “gee, I didn’t know I was this far out.” Panel 2: Zoom out to man being lost at sea.

34. Fear

Man confronts a physical manifestation of his fear. The fear writhes and says sent back, lost cause, out of control, homeless, disgraced, failure, always knew it. Man says you think I haven't noticed you chasing me all these years?! Pushing me around, telling me I am one misstep from losing everything?

33. After Lunch

Right after lunch: I feel super! I don't need a tea. 10 minutes later: OK nope, tea time

32. With Kindness

Me, relaxed, holding a cup of tea, mostly nude, with my scars visible

Background: For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with accepting and loving my whole self. I have had a lot of challenging experiences in my life that have left sometimes very deep emotional scars. When things are going well, it’s easy to love and accept myself, but when times are hard and my scars are aching, it gets tough. I have been able to turn a page this fall, and have learned acceptance and love for myself even when I am hurting through loving kindness and mindful meditation. After going to a few artist collective open houses recently, and experiencing the power of others expressing themselves, I felt inspired to put stylus to screen and show where I feel scars in my body when I am having a tough time. Doing this was a practice in self acceptance and love, as well as a way to make my experience tangible.

[Scars Hidden Alternate]

17. Pending Revenge

man: OK, stomach, you've been awful for a month now, we're seeing the doctor. man's stomach: joke's on you! I'll be good for a week, then you'll pay.

15. Time Warp

man using Mac Plus in monochrome world. spouse-man: is it just me, or are things... less colorful than usual?

14. Hat

A long running joke in our relationship is my wanting a cowboy hat, and my husband strongly disapproving of the idea. One day!

man smiling: what do you think of my new hat? spouse-man: no. absolutely no cowboy hats! man: aw. you're just jealous!

13. Dark Mirror

I have been trying to sum up how the last four years in the US have felt, seeing people who look like me that come from similar backgrounds be so full of hatred

man looking into a mirror with a sad expression. the reflection is smiling maliciously

12. Coping

Paying homage to a classic

coping: man laying on sofa listening to music with headphones while fire rages outside window

11. Tower-19

pixel art. man facing out open door in decaying stone tower, looking at night sky full of stars

10. Vacation

Spouse man to man sitting at table with laptop computer: We should really take a vacation. Laptop computer screen: the world is closed. Man: Right. Staycation it is.

8. Moved

man: it took 4 weeks, but we're moved out of our apartment. spouse man: does that mean we're done with city living? man: I suppose it does. spouse man: well, cheers to that!

7. Preparing for Parenthood

Man holding crying baby upside down: how do I make it stop?! spouse-man: I don't know, it didn't come with a manual... baby: WAAHHH!

6. Holidays

5. Rock

4. Beard

3. Moving

2. Painting

1. What?