Oh look, another idea I’ve never elaborated on. It was a pretty good one nonetheless.
Meet Rebound Boy. He’s a… different kind of superhero I came up with a long, long time ago when I was having a fun time out with my dear friend and extremely talented illustrator Joke (yes, don’t laugh. “Joke” is an actual name here. Short for Johanna or something). We were out in a café, drawing silly cartoons on beer coasters, and this was one of the results.
Rebound Boy, as you already understood, is the kind of superhero who shows up whenever a damsel in distress needs consoling when she’s dumped of has been dumped by her asshole boyfriend. That’s why he wears his “cape” in his shoulder instead of around his neck. Unfortunately, there will be no wild Rebound Boy adventures. He’s retired.
While waiting for new updates on this site, why not check out Joke’s work on http://www.jokeeycken.be/ ? Highy recommended stuff, Oscar-nominated no less!
Warning: blog post contains traces of horse meat and bitterness.
Since no one’s asking, I’ll do it myself: so, how’s that big change coming along, Jeroen? The short answer is: very very slowly. Dammit, change is tough. Even reminding yourself to work on it just a little each day is a challenge when faced with the easier alternative of remaining a grumpy couch vegetable.
I have been keeping very busy in the past weeks though, that is true. But I feel I have little or nothing to show for it yet. One frustration is that I haven’t found a new creative outlet to replace Happysad with. Nothing at all. What if it really was a once-in-a-lifetime idea? Another worry is that despite my somewhat improved social life, far too often I still feel lonely as shit. As if in the end, there is only one essential touchstone for happiness: am I in a loving relationship with someone who cares as much for me as I care for her? No? Then I’m not fucking happy. Nor happily.
Yes, I know what some of you are thinking. That you first have to be happy with yourself and yadda yadda yadda… That’s all very nice for self-help books, but I know what I want, and it sucks that I don’t have it. Period. And so the struggle continues. I take comfort in the fact that winter is almost over, that I’m already feeling a bit more energized, and that in general, life could be worse too. Maybe it’s a blessing that missing a mate is all I can complain about. But while working on change is a noble enterprise, and I’m most certainly not giving up on it, simply catching a lucky break would be bloody welcome too.
And another never-published one I dug up, dating back to November 2010. I don’t remember why I decided against putting it online at the time. Did it sound too pathetic, or didn’t I want to give the impression fans can sometimes be too demanding?
In the first few weeks after I stopped the Happysad series, the number of visitors to my site remained remarkably stable. But as reality started to sink in, these numbers have been shrinking to a “mere” few hundreds a day. It’s only logical of course, and yet, it makes me feel a bit melancholic. I think I will have to admit that I’m no stranger to a bit of attention whoring… You may miss Happysad, but I miss the loooooove!
So for those very loyal fans who keep paying me a visit every now and then, have I got a treat for you! I have a few Happysad cartoons which I never published, because once they were finished, I didn’t very much like the final result. For instance because it sounded more serious than I anticipated, or just wasn’t funny at all. Here’s one of these, which I made in April of last year. It still feels strangely relevant, in a way. Enjoy!