State of the Art: August 2020

My partner and I are moving from New Hampshire to Atlanta, Georgia in a little over a week, and I am a lot more stressed than I expected to be. Of course, there’s a lot of factors adding to that baseline moving stress, like toxic family nonsense, the pandemic, increased joint pain, and various project deadlines. I’ve felt like I’m at my wit’s end so many times in these past few weeks, and that has left me with little to no energy for art. It’s frustrating. Art has always been the thing I could do that would help me recharge and find some peace. Instead, I’ve just been anxious, thinking about all the projects I’ve started and haven’t had time to work on, much less finish. But…had I utilized my time better, I very likely wouldn’t be in the state I find myself now.

Where am I going with all this? Well, it’s partly a contextual explanation leading up to an apology for not having more artwork and comics to share with you this past month and for being late with all the things. I’m sorry I haven’t been as diligent as I should have been. I truly appreciate your kind support, and I need to be better at expressing that appreciation by producing work. Rest assured though, this month’s Patreon rewards will be up soon, though later than I would like. We will still be having a Patreon request art stream this Monday from 8PM-10PM EST, and the poll for that will be going up later today. 

Once we have moved and have settled into our new home in Atlanta, I will roll up my sleeves, put on some pump-up music, and get to work on everything that I have fallen behind on. My goal is to get myself into a routine and to stick to it by asking friends to help hold me accountable. As you may have surmised, I really, really dislike disappointing people, and having friends checking in on me will hopefully keep me motivated to stick with it. 

I thank you for your patience, your kind words, and your continued support. I’m going to do my best to be more worthy of them.

Author: Katie McMahon

Katie is a comic artist and illustrator living in rural New Hampshire in a town mostly populated with elderly folks and roving gangs of sassy turkeys. She enjoys reading comics, playing board games and RPGs, drinking fair trade tea and coffee, discussing feminism and social justice, and cracking the best groan-worthy jokes the internet has to offer.

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