“CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE”
Remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, where you got to choose the next part of the story?
Here’s your chance to create a comics version!
Using the comic panel below as the first panel, continue the story.
You can create 1 panel or more, the number of panels is up to you!
Image: Julie Sharpe
A Trip to the Vet
colored pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11
“Probably the first impulse to build upon the story that is set in the first panel is to depict something happening to the cat. I aimed for a bit of a role reversal by having something happen to the owner.
Having owned several pets and knowing others owners, it can be difficult to tell if the humans own the animals or the animals own the humans. I thought a role reversal with the cat being the actual owner of the human would be a unique twist.
When illustrating the piece, I wanted to contrast the cute and cuddly style of the characters with a scary looking “brain food” machine to add some shock value and contribute to the dark twist that the story takes. I also chose to color the machine in pinks and purples rather than grays for a more inner body system feel which makes it more grotesque.”
Art Dare Cat Comic
pen and colored pencil, 6″ x 6″ each panel
“This comic draws on my profound respect for cats involved in the veterinary care system and my (long ago) history of working as a political cartoonist.
I was motivated to prove to my art school daughter that I still have some chops and can’t wait to flaunt my Art Prof T-shirt when I visit her at college.”
pen and watercolor, 5.5″ x 5” each panel
“This is how the porcelain kitty was born.
At first, I felt a little bit of discomfort keeping the rules (the first panel must include same cat, people, and the room as the original), but then, I said to myself, okay, let’s freeze the cat’s face till the end.
Then, there was another issue came up, because I personally get really nervous whenever I go see a doctor. For that reason, I wanted to make the scene much secure for myself by changing the place into repair clinic, so that I don’t have to deal with the fear of the doctor throughout the comic.”