I really had to think long and hard what Tank was going to wear in the last Supercakes comic. These are the concepts I went through!
Hamburger earmuffs came a close second.
..and this is why Supercakes is one of my favorite webcomics..
..on one hand, it’s a well-written & amazingly drawn story about how two super-powered women learn to navigate & balance their budding romance with their new superhero partnership (which can be challenging given their with contrasting family dynamics, personal backgrounds & oh, dealing with the usual chaos from lots of roaming assorted vigilantes/official heroes/villains/monsters et al.)..
..on the other, it goes beyond the usual polished poses of superhero bravado by adding these little details that allow the unique & endearingly human personalities of these characters to shine through just a bit more..
..which is important because someday I, too, would like to be able to coolly rip an ice monster’s arm off while wearing a cupcake hat/hamburger earmuff/polka dot snow pants ensemble (although yes, having some superpower or a plasma cannon might be helpful)..
Commentary. A long time ago I posted a link here about the difficulty black men have with depression, suicide, and receiving treatment and I always wanted to do a strip about it. Recent events motivated me to find a way. Before drawing, I did research this topic and yes, black sufferers of depression have had this reaction from therapists. The third leading cause of death of young black men is suicide, the first is homicide (again, think recent events). The lives of young POC are grim and it’s very VERY important that we recognize this so that something can be done.
On the regretful front, I had a chance to do a more interesting character design for this character and I didn’t and he looks more like depressed character #3’s husband, I may have to redraw this strip because not drawing more diverse is not a cool thing to do by any means.
..it’s hard for me to find the right words for verbalize my sadness in hearing about his death because he wasn’t just that funny man I’d watch when I’m feeling down, he was also just another person, like me, doing his best to smile in spite of his battles with his personal demons..
..unfortunately, depression can affect anyone..
..could be you, could be the friend sitting next you, could be the waiter who’s just taken your order, could be the complete stranger standing next to you on the bus..
..& one of the most painful things about depression is how it makes you feel like you’re running a one person show that’s falling apart; no matter if you’re Aladdin’s Genie or Mrs. Doubtfire or a really successful actor/comedian or just someone trying to get by a day at a time..
..what’s worse is when you don’t know what to say or do when you see someone you care about or admire go through so much turmoil inside..
thank you for being such a source of laughter & inspiration, O Captain..
.. may you finally find better shores that bring you the peace you were looking for & may strength be with your family at this time..
If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.