comic is up. Big, big thank yous go out to Lisa Chung
and Rishi Porecha for donating substantial amounts of money
to the site! Thanks for taking a bit of the load off my shoulders
on the webhosting costs. Your money will cover several months
on this service. Thank you so, so much!!
since I began updating this site regularly with comics, I have
received so many wonderful e-mails from a very caring and intelligent
audience. Back when I was drawing for the school newspaper, I
received only a few comments for the work I produced. Most of
the time, I wasn't even sure anybody was reading the material
at all. So to see people having such a good time with these comics
is a huge treat for me. Nothing makes me feel better than knowing
that some little scribble I made helped cheer someone up or inspired
them in some way. Recently, I received a very nice e-mail from
Quynh Nguyen reminding me how thoughtful some of you are...
For some reason, I connect with Copper
and Fred very well. There's no limit to the levity or gravity
of the comics.
In particular, "Ruins" cut me
to the heart. Here Copper was traveling amongst ruins, had found
a toy that reminded him of some distant past that he was trying
to recall, and Fred urged him to put it down. They both knew the
bad thing that had happened (and Copper was revisiting it with
a sense of "Wow what happened here?") and dwelling would
In the end, Copper (possibly with the weight
of the tragedy on his shoulders) notes with some candor how Fred
looks funny when he is mad.
The setting is in a broken city, suggesting
it once had splendor to it but is now reduced to rubble (and appears
to have little hope of recovering). Indeed, having been in and
out of several relationships, I have felt what it was like to
have built something beautiful with someone, cherishing it, and
having it come apart. In the wake of its destruction, I would
wonder (as if unaware) what had happened to it. Yet I was
there and knew that very well. The shock, however, helped maintain
a sense of disbelief. This is the first time I have ever seen
that sense in a comic.
To me, that was a very beautiful short,
encapsulated moment. There is context, a deep history that is
hinted at in the subtlest terms, a moral that applies to us all
and that all should take to heart, and a kind ending that does
not make light of what has been said or the emotional context.
It's as beautiful as Miyazaki's manga,
Nausicaa. Thank you for making the comic medium more than recycled
humor limited to a teeny scope of human emotion and imagination.
I somehow feel liberated with reading Fred and Copper, and wish
to thank you for it.
very welcome, Quynh, and I must thank you kindly in return! While
I would actually consider the work here a five year-old's refrigerator
scribble equivalent of master Miyazaki's work, I am deeply honored
by the comparison. Some day, I hope to be able to draw and write
something as amazing as Nausicaa. Now let me go bruise
my over-inflated ego by looking at some of the master's work...