• Sammy Ward

Drawing Is My Therapy

Updated: Jun 14, 2020

Hi there! 

I hope you’re looking out for yourself and others during such a tumultuous time. 

There is a lot to be said about 2020. I want to specifically address the protests sparked from the despicable murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis which has begun a global revolution. Changes in law are being made, not just in America but the UK and Europe also. Though these changes are very minuscule to the greater issue of systematic racism specifically to Black folk, these are positive steps in the right direction and it proves that change can happen. What matters now is not giving up the fight for anti-racism, keep doing all the things we can in our personal situations whatever they may be. If the least you can do is educate yourself, then speak up, educate others close to you, that’s a start. Let’s also not forget our LGBTQIA+ community after pride month. Let’s amplify voices that are constantly being silenced by hate.

In my last blog post I believe I mentioned that I “finally found my rhythm” during this uncertain time *head in hand*. Well that rhythm got hi-jacked within a matter of days. I was supposed to finish my next comic book Scavengers, Curse of Ymir early May but in all honesty I was set back mentally. I had to battle with inner demons telling me everything I’m doing is utterly pointless. Just when you think you have a handle on those demons, they creep back in the worst way. Luckily drawing is my therapy, I have to take time out from projects to just enjoy drawing any old thing which is what I did with friends online the other day, it was well and truly needed as well as having chilled out time with friends. It’s sometimes difficult to find the motivation when you only have yourself accountable.

Asa and I did a little rearranging of furniture that made a miraculous difference to our living and work space. I had no excuse but to get back to it so this past week I’ve been working day and night, now Scavengers, Curse of Ymir is finally finished! I’m sure with all that said and done I’ll keep going through my pages and find things to tweak and change. I’ve enjoyed seeing how it’s developed since my first issue of Scavengers. I really enjoy experimenting with this comic. Once I’ve gotten all the printing specs sorted I’ll be posting an official release date. In the meantime here is the title page for the issue. You can also get the first issue from my Etsy store; or for those needing to save or just prefer digital, it is available for free here;

In the time and energy I’ve managed to muster between finishing Scavengers I’ve been working on updating my Etsy store. I’ve had it for about a year now, it’s pretty lackluster to be honest. Due to job uncertainty and not being able to attend cons I felt a little panic set in. I’m finally sorting it out and I’m adding new items very soon. I’ll be posting an update on Twitter and Instagram as soon as it’s ready!

So what will be next? More comics of course! 

Secret Rites, a Greek mythological tragedy exploring a mysterious cult ritual. I don’t really want to say much more than that other than it follows the Goddess Demeter and her turmoil of losing her daughter Persephone, a twisted adaptation of her ‘abduction’ to the underworld. Secret Rites is going to be launched on Kickstarter in August (my birthday month *hint hint*). 

I’ll also be starting work on pages for Asa Wheatley’s comic anthology Shield Maiden at the end of the month. It’s going to be a whole new challenge for me but I’m looking forward to it. I’m lucky I get to see some of the progress of Shield Maiden which is already looking incredible. Shield Maiden will be launching on Kickstarter next month. 

Before you stop reading my ramblings (if you got this far) I want to shout out about a Kickstarter launching next week by Kat Willott. Dinos and Dice Rolls is a choose your own adventure comic book combining a love for ttrpgs and dinosaurs! Follow Kat on Twitter @anidoodle and Instagram @anidoodle1 for updates on her Kickstarter and to see her lovely illustrations. 

Whew this post has been a tad longer than my previous posts so thank you for getting this far. I’m looking forward to sharing some new stuff with you in the near future. 

Take care. Love comics. Hate racism. 

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