• Halloween

    Moving on…

    And just like that, it’s over.

    Hope you enjoyed your Halloween! We didn’t get one single trick-or-treater, so I’m a little bummed… but I guess that means extra candy for us!

    -Jess

  • Anxiety,  Fear,  Halloween

    Failure and pity-parties: A confession.

     

    I’m not good at keeping up with things. I forget to take my vitamins, I forget to thaw chicken for tomorrow’s dinner, I forget to work out, I forget to call friends. I make to-do lists that I forget to look at, and sometimes I’m so unmotivated I write down easy tasks that I can cross off to feel more productive: “Get the mail”, “clean off your desk”, “poop”.

    I get easily overwhelmed and then the dreaded anxiety kicks in. My mom is the exact opposite. She has a specific day and a specific time of day for the things she needs to do. She doesn’t even think twice about it- she just does stuff, then still manages to get dinner on the table before 6:30!

    So I dropped the ball on Inktober…

  • Autumn,  Halloween

    What do you want to be?

     

    I can never figure out a costume ahead of time for Halloween. There’s even more “pressure” when you’re a couple, so more than likely I’ll stress about it all the way up to Halloween, then do nothing. What are your costume plans this year? I’d love to hear about it!

  • Autumn,  Halloween

    Trick or Treat (A short story)

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    Every year I get excited for October, for the fall season and Halloween. “I’m going to decorate, make pumpkin bread, build a monster for my brother’s Halloween party, make costumes for Michael and I, host my mom’s birthday…) Then inevitably every year I get stressed out and don’t do any of that (except my mom’s bday). 
    I’ve never been prepared with an outfit for Halloween, which means I always end up throwing together a panic costume (How many stuffed animals can I pack into my T-shirt? Do I have any fake mustaches? What about fake teeth?). My costume always ends up leaving people confused and/or uncomfortable, which is the general state in which I like to leave people. 

    Last year I dressed up as a crazy old man with a blond frizzy wig, and ran around telling everyone my name was “Old Jeff” in a raspy voice. “I’m OLD JEFF gimmie a kish!” No one had any idea who I was, so that was loads of fun! 

    This comic short story only took me about an hour to sketch a first draft, then 45 HOURS to complete. So that’s mostly what I’ve been doing for the past two weeks. Whew!
    I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to stock up on candy before the trick o’ treaters come knocking!

    (this comic is a side scroller so hit the little arrow on the right to see the next panel)

    Happy Halloween!

    <3 Jess

    My sister-in-law Kristian and I from last year’s Halloween
  • Anxiety,  Fear

    Mirrors are my greatest fear…

    I’m an adult (well, that might be a little debatable) who still gets scared of the dark. Hallways, closets and under the bed are all full of monsters just waiting for me to turn my back. Welcome to my nightmare… don’t run; it only makes them want to chase you MORE. (this is a slider image, click the arrow to view full comic)

     

    Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
    <3 Jess
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