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1469. Golden Age Brave and The Bold

1,469! Up top, my brotha!

So. This is it, this is the end of Sketch-a-Day version 3.0.

Some numbers:

S-a-D v1 started on February 1st, 2011. I did it for 1 year and 4 days. 369 days.

S-a-D v2 started on February 1st, 2013 and ended on December 1st, 2014. Two months shy of the 2 year mark. 669 days. This one has an asterisk on it though. The only time I ever missed a day. August 30th, 2014. Because I was drunk.

S-a-D v3 started on February 1st, 2015. 4 years and 8 days. 1,469 days.

Notice a pattern? Yes, I’m still 12.

Math time. 2,507 days of sketches over the last 8 years. Almost 7 full years of sketches. Adding in bonus or extra sketches, there are 2,703 drawings done over 7 years. These are just the ones I posted or counted. There are definitely more.

Guys, I’m tired.

Over the last few months, I’ve felt completely drained and uninspired. I need to refocus my energy and figure out what I want to do when I grow up.

The Sketch-a-Day, especially the last four years of it, has been my biggest accomplishment and the single most important thing that has consistently been a part of my life. At times, it has seemed like a chore or an albatross, it has also most certainly been the one thing that has literally saved my life. Struggling with severe depression, anxiety, stress, physical pain, mental illness, and battling suicidal thoughts and feelings… forcing myself to draw and post it here has sometimes been the only thing that pulled me through.

I certainly don’t want to disregard the people in my life who helped me through those times and issues, and I definitely appreciate their support and love. You know who you are. Even you, the people who abandoned me, you were a part of this too. You fueled this project just as much as anyone. In a way, I thank you.

Shortly before I decided to bail, I had an utterly ridiculous passing thought. “Hey” I said to myself, “you should go back to the original Sketch-a-Day and redraw that entire first year, but, y’know, better.” And for, like, 35 seconds that sounded like an amazing idea. When I did decide to shut it down, The Thought came again. But I tampered it down to “Hey, redraw your 1st daily sketch as your last one.”

And so here we are. Compare, contrast. The original post is here. The original drawing is below. I’m not sure if there’s improvement. Don’t blow air up my skirt and tell me you think there is. Keep it to yourself.

So what’s next? I dunno. I’m always battling ideas for comic books in my head. I know I need to at least write one I’ve been promising for years. This should definitely free up some time to do that and to maybe build up my own project. I’ve also been planning a book of sorts for a while. I also own a shit-ton of comics and books I’ve never read. I should try to read a little more often. Podcast is still going for now. Until Jason bails, which I am fully expecting.

I’ll still be drawing and making art. Just not posting as frequently. You can always follow the links at the bottom of this and every post. Join my Patreon. Buy stuff from my store. Get a commission (I owe 3 people commissions as is, I’ll have to come up with new excuses to procrastinate. Or just do them).

Also as it says below: I’m still here. Just a little quieter.

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1468. Ambush Bug

Margaret Cross was a big supporter of the Sketch-a-day in the early days of the 1st year I attempted it, and I’ll never forget that. I offered her a request, and she issued a challenge. Ambush Bug in a Mike Mignola-esque style.

Accepted. Achieved? Nope.

Now I’m just thinking about how Keith Giffen – creator of Ambush Bug – and Mike Mignola – creator of an entire style – both worship at the Altar of The King, and both came away with completely distinct and disparate styles at how they do comics.

It’s a lot to take in.

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1467. Usagi Yojimbo

I wanted to try a “realistic” approach to Usagi here. So, this is heavily referenced from a picture of a bunny.

This was requested by Ivan Martin. I don’t know him, but he has pretty much been the only person that keeps my artist page on Facebook afloat, and for that he deserves a request. Join him. https://facebook.com/shonborn

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1466. Moon Knight

I’ve always been fond of Moon Knight. I am definitely not fond of the dissociative disorder that writers have been forcing on the character. It really does not make him more interesting. Oh well.

This was requested by Chris Jones, whom I’ve known for a while. He is fond of saying that my work “rules earth”, and while I’d prefer not to rule over anything, I appreciate his enthusiasm and the compliment.

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1465. Xemnu

Back before Marvel Comics became what we know today, they published a lot of monster and sci-fi comics. One of those had a monster called The Hulk. This was he. Eventually they made another character named The Hulk, and so when someone decided to use this character, they called him Xemnu.

Neil Soblieski doesn’t exist on any social media or online, but he does exist in our hearts. He is an occasional employee at my local comic shop and he is frequently a good dude, and this is his request.

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1464. Captain Comet

Here we are, the final week of the Sketch-a-Day! Not a theme week, but just asking individuals who have been friends and cheerleaders for one-off requests.

Today is Mike Adams, who requested Captain Comet – a character I was only vaguely aware of. He appeared in the Secret Society of Supervillains in the late 70s, and post Infinite Crisis or something or other in something something something. I see the trade at Ollie’s a lot. It looks awful.

Anyways, Mike is the co-creator and co-writer of the sci-fi epic comic Finite with Bruce O. Hughes. It is not awful. People should find it and read it. I helped color some pages in issue 2. Or 3. I can’t recall. I did a back cover too. For whichever issue I didn’t color.

Anyway, make them money.

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1463. Arrowette

Again, no idea who this is or what her deal is. Sorry, Jorell, sorry Peter David!

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1462. The Secret

I’m gonna be honest here: I have only read 1 issue of the original Young Justice comic. The first issue. I hated it so much that I tore it up and threw it away. So basically, I have no idea who this character is.

Also, today is the 4th anniversary of when I began Sketch-a-Day version 3.0. I should have ended yesterday, dedicated as I am to milestone dates. But there’s another full week of sketches before I close the curtains. I have my reasons. They are not deep or sentimental.

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1461. Red Tornado

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