This is the first four panels of what I hope becomes a 10-page or so comic.
Last night before Project Runway (good riddance, Vincent) we caught this program about the The American Pie Council’s Crisco National Pie Championships–it was pure torture. All the pies looked amazing, and i guess if you win the thing, it could mean thousands and thousands of dollars worth of pie sales. So there were all these grandmotherly types divulging their secrets, and I got to thinking about my dad (who happens to be a great cook in his own right), and his love for pies, and how after my parents got divorced, he was always trying to get me to learn how to bake pies from grandma (Mom’s mom) so that I could teach him.
Then, after reading Maureen’s blog this morning, I started on this.
I’m still really obsessed with the idea of writing long comic stories as a sequence of serialized gag strips. Last week I read through Lynda Barry’s The Freddie Stories, and it really blew my mind the way that the individual pieces of Freddy’s story were contained in these four-panel comics, but by stringing them together (the book is laid out in a horizontal format, so the two-page spread contains the four panels of each of the original comics), Lynda built this moving narrative. (I’ve harped about this technique before.)
Anyways, with this comic I’m trying to do Lynda’s “auto-bifictional-ography.”
Oh, and another big inspiration these days is David Heatley. Check out the comic he’s currently working on, “Black History.“