Honesty is so important in creating art for people. In creating anything. We’re all sitting here saying the same things. We’re trying to achieve goals that don’t mesh with reality, or just trying to get along.
Achewood creator Chris Onstad’s interview with Comics Alliance helps crystallize so much of why I love comics and sharing them online. Achewood is one of the few comics that makes me feel like I’m transported somewhere else when I read it, and Onstad really inspired a lot of what I make and how I share it. Now that I’m actually hustling to make it as a cartoonist, a lot of the frustrations Onstad vocalizes in the interview rings truer to me. I felt like I’d been getting more discouraged and disillusioned with webcomics over the past few months, but hearing Onstad’s story about returning from hiatus and revitalizing Achewood and changing how he views his work/life balance has given me some of that same energy I thought I had lost.