So I’m posting this as a blog instead of posting the illustration as a comic with a blog attached, because I’m probably going to post the next Morbid Obsession strip soon, and I’d like to keep them somewhat in order when people are browsing through the archives. You know, posting things in order like how I always say I’m going to and then I don’t.
I figured this drawing was worthy of a post, though, because I like it. This was drawn from a picture a fan sent to me a while ago in the hopes that I would draw him, and I meant to but hadn’t got around to it yet. So many twinks, so little time… It’s hard being me, I know. But still, I very much appreciated the picture. I actually had it as the background on my cell phone for a while, so whenever I saw it there I would be reminded of why I’m an artist. For the money shots, obviously.
I especially wanted to draw it because I thought drawings of the things that I’ve had as cell phone backgrounds might make a good series eventually. After this, I had a picture of a guy I was dating on there. When my friend, who knew how much I liked this photo, saw that I had put a picture of the new guy on my phone she said, “Oh, he replaced butt boy? Wow, things must be getting serious!”
I did like him, but that ended up not going very far. After him I started dating my last ex, the one that’s now been the subject of a few breakup comics and blogs, and he was my next cell phone background. It was a cute picture.
When we broke up, I thought that maybe I should have something on there other than a picture of whatever boy I was currently into. It’s nice to have a picture on there of a boy I’m dating, or a boy I just think is really cute, but, assigning importance to things that may or may not have any, I started to feel slightly awkward that, if you looked at the cell phone backgrounds as a timeline of my life, my life was being defined by the series of cute boys I dated and it ended up not going anywhere with.
That was a depressing thought, so I decided to make my new cell phone background something of much more lasting significance. Next to my desk where I draw my comics, I have two things framed on my wall as inspiration for me, things I like being able to look at while I work. I have a poster from the Bob Dylan show I saw a couple years ago, and I have a copy of the last ever Calvin and Hobbes strip that I saved from the newspaper the day it came out, which is, wow, like 17 years ago now. I joke about doing comics for the money shots, but Calvin and Hobbes is probably a much bigger reason, and I love that strip now even more than when I saved the last one from a newspaper back at the age of 12, so it’s a much more enduring love story for me than the last several twinks who have wandered in and out of my bedroom. So, after this last breakup, I took a picture of my framed Calvin and Hobbes strip, and right now I’m enjoying having that on my cell phone a lot.