I made this poster to celebrate ASIFA's annual "International Animation Day" celebration today (10/28). Since August, I have been teaching an animation workshop class twice a week and it has been one of the coolest experiences of my life, Thus far we have dug into a lot of animation history by watching a wide variety of films both commercial and independent, and have done some basic animation from flipbooks to very simple exercises like the bouncing ball using the good old traditional way with a pegbar and punched paper. We are currently moving into the basics of stop motion using clay. The students designed their own IAD posters, too, as a culmination of learning to ink with a variety of different brushes/tools using a lightbox. More on all of this later. Until then, happy International Animation Day!
Being a cartoonist and being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease (and subsequently receiving a chemotherapy treatment) can only mean one thing: expressing that experience visually.
Or so it is with me, anyway. Actually, I debated whether or not share this publicly, as it is obviously something extremely personal, and also something that does not actually effect me negatively in any tangible way (as you will learn below, it is strictly internal business).
The decision to make this little 7-page mini-comic/infographic is an awareness tool to whoever out there might find it. Perhaps for someone who was in the same boat as me, who was diagnosed with a chronic Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) rather out of the blue, and who went searching the information superhighway once they were told that they were going to begin a chemotherapy treatment to treat it. I think that expressing the experience visually represents myself a little bitter than making a YouTube video about the experience, or something similar.
Here was my experience (if you're seeing this on the homepage, click "read more" on the bottom left to see all seven pages):