"Dat New+New..." by Thierry Thompson

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There’s new content cuz I’M NEW!

How y’all been? Hope it’s been going well. Hope you all are having a decent 2019. I hope it’s full of growth. I hope you are thriving. If not, I hope that you’re LEARNING.

I sure am.

It’s been a ROUGH YEAR! Ya gotta breakdown to build yourself back up though right? So no worries. We are right where we need to be. HERE with ME! <3

So a couple things cuz there a lot of NEW content coming at y’all in the next couple weeks.

Here we go:

  • NEW ART!!! Straight up, there a hellova lot of new art for you to feast your eyes on. You can pull up to the Traditional and Digital galleries to check out a timeline of the art I’ve released for Are You Dying over the years. But I also added a bunch of new galleries that you can peruse! The Hair Series, AYD: Fazes, & AYD: We Are All Monsters all have new art for you to check out in project both new and old.

  • NEW CONTENT!!! We’re adding a lot more other types of content to the site. Art is great, but there are other things I wanna try. I’ll make sure I keep it in line with that comic-style Are You Dying charm everybody knows me for. But first up: A PODCAST!!! The Are You Dying Show Podcast!!! We’ve been putting this together for a minute. We’re about to drop our 10th episode. I’m joined by the wonderful DJ Bobbi Bangah, and the manager herself Aly (ig: breukelenkyd) and we honestly just talk a lotta shit. But it’s good shit. It’s real shit. Deep shit. See the podcast is about feelings: daily feelings, weird feelings, good feelings, bad feelings and all the transitional feelings in between. We’re just people. And we have feelings. And we should talk about em. Tune in at: https://soundcloud.com/areyoudyingshowpod/sets/ayd-show-pod-episodes-1 (Coming to Apple, Spotify and all that shit soon!)

  • NEW LOOK!!! If you’ve noticed, Are You Dying’s had a little bit of a Glow-Up recently. We been saving up, and just working on ourselves, and now we’re wearing less, and going out more! A lot of the character designs have gotten updated (which you can see for yourself in our galleries…) and I’m gonna be FLEXING MY ART MUSCLES ON THESE HOES!!! Seriously though there’s been a big artistic improvement across the board and I hold y’all like it CUZ i REALLY DO!!!

  • NEW EVENT!!! “100 DAYS OF DYING…” is my first professional gallery scale event. I will be creating 100 paintings based on 100 different feelings, moments, thoughts…all culminating in an evening of self discovery. For more details: Peep.

  • NEW MERCH!!! The SHOP is on it’s way! I’m gonna put together a couple stickers for the people and get some prints of the characters. New art and canvases will be shown for sale too, but I gotta figure out a better way to display those and calculate shipping and such. So bear with me. But Look Out For Those Stickers!!!

All in all, it’s been rough. It’s been a lot of trial and error. It’s been a lot of falling and getting back up.

But we’re here.

We made it to this.

And that’s good.

LT

Endless Joy: A Letter To Frank Ocean by Thierry Thompson

I recently saw you at Panorama NYC. I was standing on the left side of the park on the hill under a big tree. I sang every song.

In the summer 2012, you released Channel Orange, an album I didn't know would mean as much to me as it did. The album became the soundtrack to my decent into depression. It was the summer of forgetting her. It was the summer of forgetting myself.

As I stood on that hill singing "Self Control" with you, I remembered everything. 

I remembered every empty moment in my room singing "Sweet Life" to the point that now it honestly makes me wanna cry every time I hear it. Lying in my room watching the stillness.

I could always picture the monks in the moshpit, and one day I’m gonna draw them.

I waited as long as you needed for Blonde.

I listened so intently because it sounded SO GOOD in the darkness I was in.

It filled it up. It made the monsters sit calmly. So to you.

I’ll give it to you one day somehow.

A tribute. A thank you.

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A Quest For "Style"... by Thierry Thompson

Hey Yall, 

I've been spending my day reflecting on my comic and deciding on style choices for this new chapter of The AYD Comics.

This is the 3rd year that I've been drawing "Are You Dying?" and over time the stylistic choices I've made have changed drastically. But moving forward, I'm gonna need to streamline the art style so I can focus more on telling you this awesome story!

Check This Out:

This was "HE" The first time I ever drew him. I didn't draw him to make a comic book. That wasn't even a concept in my mind yet. He was just a tiny representation of myself at a time where I really needed to put my emotions on paper.

But now He's the Protagonist of Are You Dying! He's an icon! He's a logo! 

Looking good kid! I added some shadows and decided to keep the line art colorful. I also decided to keep to lighter colors. I think this'll allow me to play with color from scene to scene while still keeping the characters looking fresh and fun. I'm getting excited! I really can't wait for you guys to read the 2nd chapter.

If you haven't gotten a chance to read the first issue, you can hop right to it here.

Thanks for being part of my journey,

Logic


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There's Something Beautiful About Being Alive by Thierry Thompson

I don't think I say that enough. 

A few days ago, I had to drop off my younger sister to some family in DC. Honestly, I was dreading it. I've been so stressed trying to get my life together and so busy beating myself up about being more productive with my art that the sudden, inescapable 4-hour bus ride (and 4+ hour return trip) was nothing less of a complete nightmare in my mind.

"Right now!? But I have so much to do!" - ME

That's what I thought. I felt that the only thing this trip offered me was a huge inconvenience.

But...I was wrong.

I can only sleep for around 20-30 minutes in an upright seated position. So eventually, I found my self awake and gazing out of the window at a different place. Where were we? I didn't know. The conductor doesn't announce the crossing of states. Plus, it's an express bus to DC...there are no stops. Not for gas. Not for stretching. You just go. So everything I saw outside was just foreign...and stunning.

Two hours in, my sister was still fast asleep while I contemplated my place in the universe. I thought about the towns we rolled through and how many millions of people were living there. Who was hanging out on their front porch? Who had a fight with their spouse? Who was trying their best down there? I got lost in their stories. That river looks good for swimming in. Someone and their dog should go do that. I hope they do. I see a boat. Maybe that's them. Good for you guys.

Damn...I'd Forgotten.

I'd forgotten that life is about more than scrolling on Twitter looking at who liked that thing I said. It's more than catching up on shows and procrastinating emails. It's more than stressing about things you can't control.

There's a flower out there that really needs you to smell how good it smells because it worked really hard all spring to be that fragrant. There's a little kid who's trying to re-tell a joke and she's not very good at it, but you're both gonna laugh anyway cuz it's adorable. There's a warmth from all that sun you soaked up during that walk and you get to keep with you all day.

I Remembered What Life Really Was. It's Beautiful.

And every tree we sped by told me to live and I listened because they had all been here longer than I had. 

LT


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