State of the Art: November 2020

Gosh, October just FLEW by! I’m actually quite sad that it’s over – I feel like there’s this electric, excitable energy that comes with the spooky month. Whether folks are eagerly awaiting Halloween, breaking out all the sweaters, or pumping pumpkin spice lattes into their veins, it’s a lovely time of year.

For me, October was particularly special because the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) decided to host their annual convention online this year. They livestreamed panels and workshops each Saturday and Sunday during October, as well as a few here and there throughout the week. It was so delightful! I was really bummed about missing out on MICE this year, first because of the move to Georgia, and second because of COVID-19. Thankfully, the dedicated crew of MICE put forth a huge effort to bring the spirit of the convention to everyone across the internet! I learned a lot and had tons of fun along the way. For those who are interested, MICE did record all of their livestreams, and you can watch the recordings here: https://www.micexpo.org/schedule/ 

I feel like October was not only fun, but it was productive as well. I got a lot done! I worked on layout and design work for Late Spring Daffodils, as well as a couple pages, warm-up drawing practices, and even some journal comics. I think having Aiden and a couple other folks be my accountability buddies was really helpful, and I intend on continuing with that into November. I do anticipate November being a bit of a downer compared to October because it’s a bit of a nothing month for me, so I’m going to have to be extra diligent with how I use my time. No matter how much I might want to, I can’t let myself sink an entire evening into playing Stardew Valley!

I hope October has treated you well, folks, and I hope November is just as kind to us all. Wishing you well!

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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