Monday, February 15, 2010
Shirtless doodle in the style of "Loren and Sylvia"
Back when I was in college I met my friend Kathy Sprague. Kathy was also gay and helped me find my way out-of-the-closet. I admire and appreciate the open example she set for me and despite our lives diverging, I still consider her a dear friend.
We collaborated on a comic book, based somewhat on our lives. Our alter-egos were named "Loren" and "Sylvia". There is also the syndicated comic by Nicole Hollander with the title "Sylvia", but we felt safe using the name because we were telling deeply personal stories, which had nothing to do with that strip. I share here the one issue of "Loren and Sylvia" that Kathy self-published, plus unpublished pages.
Anyway, I drew "Loren and Sylvia" with a distinctive stylized shorthand for creating characters like I'd seen done with other popular comic strips, like "Peanuts" and "Doonsbury". This doodle of a shirtless male is an early attempt to draw a character in this style without clothes. It looks a little like "Loren", but I doubt that is who it really is.