Wordless comic 2: Reading

The first thing I did when I graduated earlier this Fall was read a slew of novels that were on my list. After years of reading studies and articles, it was nice to come back to reading fiction. For me, reading is an emotional investment in the lives of a story’s characters, and it’s the willingness to stay with those characters, come what may. I often have to be ‘ready’ to take on a new novel for this reason. Sadder stories, in particular, have a way of lingering and leaving an imprint long after the last page has turned. What gives stories the power to live in us, in this way?

I drew a series of “self-portraits” of myself reading. I merely wanted to learn to draw a cross-legged figure, but ended up with several similar charcoal sketches, each one a slight variation of the next. I decided to take them and digitally re-arrange these little me’s to show what a really good book can sometimes do — move readers through different states, and maybe even leave them, ultimately, with a heavy heart, but also richer, somehow.

Enjoy your weekend. Wishing you creative coziness.

2 thoughts on “Wordless comic 2: Reading

  1. I love these self portraits of you reading! I’ve been reading fiction too lately and it is so different than non fiction! I am enjoying losing myself in a book. You are so right – reading can be an emotional investment. Oh I am curious what you are reading in those sketches!

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    1. I am so glad to hear that, Tierney. I hope you are enjoying reading in your lovely new space! Over the fall, I was reading the fiction of Zora Neale Hurston that I’ve always wanted to read, and now am reading Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko. It’s a long read, but it will last the winter through! 🙂

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