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,


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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 driver 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. 


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