It's 3 years old today. The date is somewhat arbitrary - the day I first drew Kevin (I don't even have that drawing up on DA), I remember not sleeping much that night and staying up to draw him and being really excited. Cop Story appropriately shares birthday with the NHS and the 1981 Toxteth riots (extensive medical needs and violence is all we are about!), a Scottish sheep called Dolly and a bunch of other events, people and animals, of course.
A lot has changed in these three years. I really hope to see this story grow and change, it's my my first project to change so much, and I think it pretty much survived because of that. It started with Nutter and Kevin
and a bit of science fiction, then it became more about Nutter and Chauncey
and a bit of pulp fiction and then I let it run free and it became about everyone. The next summer the kids
happened, and the summer after that more kids
, and I used to feel bummed about not thinking of them all from the start but now I think it was supposed to be a learning curve sort of thing. I guess the only way of not feeling too disappointed with what you did in the past is knowing you learned from it. If I started with the school arcs, maybe I'd miss Chauncey or Leicester or Philip or Gerry?
It's also my first story I consciously had to stand up for, if it means anything. I had to come to terms with the idea that sometimes I will be disliked because of it, and I chose
that, and I still think it was worth it. But I'll be honest, I didn't quite expect that. It was probably clueless of me but then in a way it makes sense.
Like any mentally unbalanced single parent of an imaginary 3-year-old I spend too much time thinking that I'm not doing a good enough job and am a disappointment but keep on trucking and do get a lot of good moments. It's a mess, and I guess it's always going to be a bit of mess but I'm glad there are people still willing to stick around to watch and read and talk about it all. Thank you!
Didn't have time to draw anything to post today (things have been somewhat tricky lately, more life-wise than art-wise but I don't want to talk about that now) but I did finish inking Piss Business
. So there will be more comics and other art soon!