Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Another one

13 comments:

Matt said...

Alright, man, I don't wanna get heavy on ya but here's what I think (for what it's worth)...

I've had the same feelings over and over about my comics; in fact, I even shut down the first version of my site and erased all the comics it contained because I got all stressed out. Emily asked me something similar to Samantha and I had to really think about why I do what I do. There's a few reasons I do autobiographical comics: (a) forcing myself to draw daily (or almost daily) has without a doubt made my drawing WAY better and much faster, (b) I have a great record of my life and the process of my boys growing up (I wish I had been doing this when I was a newlywed and had those memories drawn), (c) I've connected with an astounding array of other artists which has made me a more confident artist, (d) having a site that updates frequently will hopefully act as an incentive for people to pick up any projects I may release in the future, and on and on and on...

I know autobiographical stuff can be relentless sometimes and it may feel like you're a small fish in a vast ocean but your work means a lot to a lot of people. I don't know if you have aspirations to be a professional artist or not but it's a long road and getting discouraged is part of the process. If you're overwhelmed, consider scaling back to a few times a week or something. But, please, know that your site brings a lot of laughs to myself and many others.

Good luck, Sam, with your strips and your artwork. Whatever you decide to do, we'll all support you.

You're the man, Sam! (and you're not generic at all)

GARZA said...

Fuck yeah Matt! That was pure gold right there! Sam, he is totally right, you are the man, and your comics along with some others are what I look forward to on the daily, I still feel updated with what's going on with you and samantha even though we're states away! Keep your head up man, we've got comic con coming soon!

John said...

You're clearly obsessed and couldn't stop even if you wanted to. So, don't fight it.

Justin said...

Dude! You've got fans! I don't even have fans!

They call me EB said...

I don't know/read anyone else who does comics even similar to your style. I was also thinking how I feel like I've become better friends with you over the past year since we have both moved bc of ...well the internet. Haha, moreso than when we lived in the same place! Also...you have 4 x as many followers as me :( Now I'm sad. jk!

Sam Spina said...

haha thanks everybody. yeah matt and jon, the best answer I could think of was just that it gives me something to draw everyday so I'll get better, but all of your reasons are really good and totally true. I've made a ton of new friends like all you guys! and you're right john, I would feel so unaccomplished if i stopped. I was hoping that the goofy illustration before the comic would lighten the downer comic, i didn't want it to look like it was one of those "i'm so stupid" "nah man, you're really smart! c'mon!" kinda moments, haha. And since moving, checking blogs a thousand times a day has been my main source of (sorta) human contact, so I definitely wouldn't give that up! and erin, we should just make blogger accounts with every email account we have ever had and just follow ourselves! And I used to compare my followers with chaz... at one point he was only beating me by like, 20, but now i think he has like 300! that freakin guy, have you read this: Hipster Runoff

Tyler said...

duude are you kidding me? I love this shit. i read every one, haha! (i am curt, but full of truth).

Christopher Downes said...

Yep, I have to agree with everyone else. I think you're an incredible cartoonist and I LOVE your style.

mwise said...

Sam, I think your comics are great. I too look forward to them and almost always they depict things that I wish I could. I've always wanted to draw comics but just couldn't fit all I wanted to say in them and you do that. You have the talent of expressing the special mundane things in life in an interesting and comical way. I've been looking at your blog for a few months and already I've noticed improvement--if that is worth anything. Your comics are fantastic and you should keep drawing!

Chaz said...

oh sam.... believe me. i know you are going to go somewhere with your art especially considering how devoted you are. your ideas are amazing! i can't tell you how many times i've felt like i wasn't going anywhere with my stuff. but one day i seriously took a step back and told myself that my music was purely for my enjoyment only. the stuff i make is what i wanna here ultimately. so look at your comics as if you could read any kind of comic or look at any type of art, what kind would you envision? do it for yourself and don't think about what others think about it. if people like it, good. if they don't, you still do :)

<3 chaz

alyssa said...

Hey Sam, it's samantha's cousin Alyssa. This is my confession that I love your site and check it quite often. For what it's worth, I think youre an amazing artist! I like reading your comics periodically to see how you and Samantha are doing. Oh and I just wrote my final essay for an art class and listed you as an inspiration! I think all of your stuff is great and I share it with everyone :-)

Robin Cain said...

I ditto what everyone else said. You're one of the reasons I decided to try my hand at drawing comics! I visit your site every day and love it...

Matt said...

Sam, you probably didn't intend this but... the "Whiny Ass Comic" drawing looks awesome as the background on my PC desktop.