I’ve had a rough history with diary or journal comics. I had a pretty good run from 2007 to 2009, then the next decade was spotty. Then I decided to participate in the 2019 Inktober Challenge, where one is supposed to do a pen-and-ink drawing each day of the month. I had a little Rhodia sketchbook that was unused, so I thought a daily challenge would put it to good use. And since it’s small (just about 4.25″ x 5.5″) I didn’t have to worry about big elaborate pieces each day. I didn’t have much of a plan when I started drawing (and didn’t follow the “Official Prompts”) but it quickly evolved into a daily diary. And that was good.
Inktober ended, but I decided to keep the journal comic going into this year. Without the challenge, I didn’t draw as often as I hoped, but it was more than I had been drawing for some time. And that’s good. I realize that I’ll never “draw as much as I want”, but I’d rather have something to aim for (draw more) than be smugly satisfied with my output. Strive for more.
I had a pretty good run this year. I did just over 150 entries, a little over half of the year. Some months got documented better than others. Last year I collected the October drawings into a comic. I don’t think I’ll be collecting these comics, as many of them are in color, and color printing is still expensive. That’s okay. I did this for me, and hopefully you can get something out of them too.
The full album of 2020 Journal Comix is below, or click here.