Sharon is relieved when Mitch wakes up but the tension between them escalates when Mitch finally stands up to Sharon. If you need a refresher of the story or you’re new to Helping Mitch, all the pages can be found here. (For the earlier pages, just scroll down and the thumbnails should appear like magic).
Reflections on Process
This page presented interesting challenges and I found I spent more time thinking about the page than actually drawing it. It has a lot to do with the fact that there’s not much going on in the scenes whereas in the previous pages there was a specific action to work towards or a scene change. Yet this was a crucial moment for Mitch’s character development where he struggles to find the words to assert his independence. The storytelling at this point relied on subtle expressions and pacing and that was the challenge for this page.
The idea of Sharon discovering that Mitch has passed out in the cemetery near his father’s grave before they have a confrontation came to me a few weeks ago. I thought it made sense for the story to show the consequences of Mitch coming off the medication and then physically exerting himself. My intention has been to show the complex and intertwined emotional journey of Mitch and Sharon during the recovery process after Mitch suffers brain injury. As Mitch’s character grows stronger, to the point where he asserts his independence, we are reminded that he is still vulnerable in some ways. I’m starting to understand my personal ‘big why’ behind storytelling through Helping Mitch and that is to explore the intricacies of the human condition.
I’ve always been fascinated by how a story can have different meaning for different people. This week, I got a pretty awesome email from none other than my mom to tell me that she read the story and presented her interpretation of the theme. I was pleasantly surprised because (a) I didn’t think she had time to read my blog let alone offer her insights and (b) I wasn’t sure how effective the story would be. Her interpretation was darn close to what I had intended. So I think this weekend calls for a mini-celebration of sorts to know that I’ve done my job as a storyteller. Thanks mom!
Even though Helping Mitch is concluding next week, I feel very much like a beginner with an insatiable appetite to find out how to improve the craft of drawing, writing, panelling, lettering and ballooning. Your readership has been a huge motivation for me to continue learning and growing as an artist. I can’t say this enough but I greatly appreciate the time you take to read, comment, like and/or connect in some way. Thank you, thank you, and many more thanks!
Looking forward to more creative adventures and scribbles ahead 🙂