How Webcomics Save Your Soul

It was always my intention for SORROWBACON to be surreal.

Not surrealism in the conventional sense, but surrealism as a subversion of your normal self, whatever and however you define that ‘normal’ benchmark.

For me, it’s about tackling the things I didn’t know I had to overcome.

As I draw more SORROWBACON comics, I’m learning more about myself, specifically what I find funny, or sad, or both.

Webcomics make their creators braver.

They allow you to say things you normally wouldn’t say, and somehow it’s easier to find your voice when you’re talking through a cat, a badger, or a sentient custard.

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Millie’s Note: How does writing or art allow you to express yourself?

29 thoughts on “How Webcomics Save Your Soul

  1. kvennarad says:

    My writing is the only side of myself I actually show (or am I kidding myself?) because I am an intensely private person. When publishers and editors and so-on used to ask me for a bio, I used to reply with a version of Balthus’s famous telegram:
    “NO BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS. BEGIN: MARSHALL IS A WRITER OF WHOM NOTHING IS KNOWN. NOW LET US READ THE WORDS. REGARDS. M.”
    I know it isn’t as easy as that. However, I am conscious of the fact that when I write in the 1st person (which is my default position), I quarry my own feelings and experiences, no matter how painful or ludicrous they might be, and express them as might the character I’m writing. This is the case whether it’s an elderly man in 1962, a female gladiator in classical Rome, a young woman with a disfigured face in 2005, or a teenage vampire-hunter in the future. This honesty-via-fiction produces several results; it’s cathartic for one thing, it helps me sort out in my head how I actually feel about things, it raises new questions, and it adds (I hope) vitality to my writing.

    That goes for fiction. As regards poetry, well there it is possible to be more outspoken.
    http://mairibheag.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/mmposterlarge.jpg
    Outspoken prose has a didactic feel to it, tempting readers to resist; with outspoken poetry readers are captured by the whole, and have taken the point before they realise it.

  2. Mary says:

    Millie, nice new piece on Sorrowbacon – shows emotion in several ways. My art has become an expression of myself, a level of quiet energy and soft atmosphere. Perhaps this is why I enjoy painting seascapes as much as I do, the energy and movement of the water gives way to my entire range of emotions.

    • Millie Ho says:

      ‘Quiet energy’ is a great term, Mary, and one that really fits your work. I find it interesting how you are drawn to both water (mutable) and earth (immutable) scenes. It’s an interesting duality that you depict fabulously in your paintings.

  3. Otto von Münchow says:

    I love the sorrowbacon-strips. Right to the point. And I think what you say about learning more about yourself is always part of any creative process, whether writing, painting, photographing or drawing webcomics.

  4. robert quiet photographer says:

    I have friends who looking at my photos can tell me in which mood I was when I took that picture. I think when we are busy in something creative, with a creative spirit we put a part of ourselves in it, even if we do not know what and why.
    robert

    • Millie Ho says:

      You have some extremely intuitive friends, Rob. I like your description of not knowing the “what and why” in doing something creative. That’s as immersive as we’re ever going to get.

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