Sally here today with a report from Sara Sarmiento on Kriota Willberg’s “Draw Stronger”, plus comics and other news!
Today on the site Sara Sarmiento shares her experience with drawing-related injury, and her appreciation for Kriota Willberg‘s new comic about how to avoid such things!
“I’ve been in a slow recovery for years from a shoulder injury sustained during a couple hard falls on ice and hit the point not long ago where I had to admit to myself that I didn’t have the tools to heal any more on my own. In conjunction with that, following the completion of my submission for the 2017 Comics Workbook Composition Competition, my wrist and hand pain associated with drawing I’d experienced for years had shifted from a mild annoyance to pain shooting up my forearm. It was curtailing both my ability to draw, and the swing dance habit I’d developed in the last year. A few months into the forearm pain, my thumb started twitching. While it’s a good party trick to get people to hold my hand, the twitch needed to go.
Starting physical therapy in January was an immensely good decision for me, physically and mentally. I’d been left disheartened after completing my CWCC comic. How am I supposed to start shifting creative pursuits into my primary gig when I can’t finish a personal project without spending months in recovery? One of my big goals coming into therapy was to set me on the path towards being able to draw for extended periods of time. Physical therapy got me going on that path, but from past experiences in PT, I know that you’re not fixed and done the moment you are discharged. I was nervous about nearing the end of my PT sessions, so the release of Kriota Willberg’s new book Draw Stronger couldn’t have been better timed.”
Here’s the opening spread from Sara Sarmiento’s CWCC 2017 comic, titled Deep Clean.
Comics Alternatives interviewed Kriota Willberg recently, which provides a nice follow-up to Sara Sarmiento’s piece. Listen HERE.
The New York Times has a feature on Aline Kominsky-Crumb, calling her the Yoko Ono of comics – read the article HERE
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