Tonight I saw Poncho Sanchez at Jimmy Mak’s here in Portland having very little idea what I was walking into.
I smiled, I danced (badly), I wondered why I didn’t do this more often.
This was the first comic that I made with the idea that would become “Life and How to Live It” in mind. The first time I consciously decided to use comics to capture something very real about my life without filtering it.
I think this also marks the first time (but not the last) that you’ll see my part on the wrong side of my head.
The greatest compliment I’ve ever received on a first date wasn’t that I was attractive, funny, or interesting, but that I made them feel safe.
This isn’t me bragging as if I’m incredibly enlightened. This isn’t me pretending that anything I did or do is special. Listening to women and respecting their boundaries is basic human decency. And yet, as much as I care about these issues and do my best to be sure that the women around me feel safe, I know I have been part of the problem.
So if you find yourself thinking, even for a moment, that our culture doesn’t need feminism, please go educate yourself. For a good list of stories that relate to the event that inspired today’s comic, see the #YesAllWomen hashtag on twitter.
Today, I met with artists in a studio, got rather drunk, and helped create two collaborative paintings. I celebrated having been cast in three different upcoming shows here in Portland (in minor, chorus roles – but I’ll be on stage again!), talked about comics, shared my work, and made new friends.
A good day.