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October 09, 2007



Very good advice from Murray Thompson - stay true to your own ideas, don't give it away. Your persistence, patience and perseverance probably helped sealed the deal.

Thanks for sharing your story. Very edifying.

Charles Brubaker

Heh, I already cringe at what I have drawn few DAYS ago.

I'm perfectionist, what do ya' expect?


If you continue to draw for the next 5-10 years, I guarantee you will do what all cartoonists do when looking at old work...CRINGE!

Charles Brubaker

Very inspirational story. As an up and coming cartoonist, I can relate to your struggles of getting your first cartoons published.

Interesting how the drawings changed. Makes me wonder what MY drawings will look 5-10 years from now.


The drawing style...yikes...yes, it has changed, hasn't it? I remember showing my strips to various people and asking them, "Do they look PROFESSIONAL?"...and I would always get the same response, "YES! They look great!!" But I knew they didn't. I'm a real fan of the comics but back then, I spent so much time analysing them, the simple pleasure of reading them became lost on me for a long time.
Thanks for the comments!


Sandra, this is a GREAT story. I'm so glad you decided to share it online. It really is inspirational. You had such stamina and patience, not to mention chutzpah!

It really is fascinating how your drawing style has changed. It's great that Mr. Thompson didn't ever say 'NO' to you. Just wish he hadn't described your characters as neurotic...

Alex Hallatt

I am so enjoying reading this - can't wait for the next installment. Reminds me of my journey (only yours is way faster!)


Wow! I'm so glad you pushed through and kept at it. (Partly because it's a nice inspirational story. Mostly because I enjoy my daily Between Friends fix so much.)

It's mind-blowing how much your style has changed from your early beginnings! You've grown tremendously. (Which is also inspirational.)

Thanks for sharing this story so far. I can't wait to read the rest!

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