All through 2014 and 2015 I created daily diary comics- experiments in autobiography, the comic medium and visual style. And now, I’ve picked up the habit again. Here we go!
The last time I was making diary comics, I was deep in the thick of a doctorate in visual arts. I thought the daily practice would help me to settle on a style for my graphic novel, which it did. But what I didn’t anticipate was how much of a formative experience it would be. How much it would positively impact my memory, deepen my ability to be present and look for stories in everyday life, and set good habits. No matter if I feel like it or not, there’s a comic to make at the end of every day.
This diary comic might not last long, but for now, it’s good to be back. Here’s the first month’s worth of diary comics, taking me all the way through January 2024. I hope you enjoy looking through these even a fraction as much as I have in their making.
I’m a big believer in the power of daily art practice, and diary comics provide even more benefits in reflection and reframing of experience. Give it a try yourself, and let me know how you go.