We’re really into Meg’s art and her cat obsession, but we’re also really into her realness. Find out what she’s been doing (and what’s been bumming her out), what kind of asshole antics the cats in her life have been up to, and how comics have helped her relate to people and find her place in the world.
What have you been doing since we last talked to you?
Mostly just working my ass off. I now work even more jobs—one of them in a comic shop, and one as an assistant to another artist, and I still work for myself making comics and other horrible things. I’ve been struggling a lot with feeling like I’m not good enough and not in the right place. So to combat that, I’m trying to fix the things I don’t like about me and about the way the art business works down here (Atlanta). Hopefully by next year I’ll be in a place that works better for me both literally and figuratively.
Your newest project is dating through comics, which is such a rad and unique idea! Can you explain it a bit more for us?
Now that it’s been out there for awhile, I feel kinda stupid for starting the project. So, long story short, there was a relationship I had years ago that still kinda sticks in my mind as being as close to perfect as you can get. We both loved comics, and most of the time we spent together—the times that were happiest—were when we drew jam comics together. Everything was great… except for me. I was really unstable and messed it up. I’ve spent the time since then getting myself together, and even after all that, I still miss the feeling of having something that’s such a big part of my life that I can share completely with someone else.
So yeah, the whole project has been kind of a weird attempt to get that feeling back or at least have fun while I’m dealing with the feelings from that stuff. I’m not even looking for a partner; for the most part, I just wanted to connect to people again, and that’s something I struggle with unless it’s through comics.
I put up the info online for what I’m looking for. It’s basically that I thought it would be fun to draw a jam comic as a date, kinda like a pseudo romantic version of James Kochalka‘s Conversation series. I’ve gotten maybe 20 submissions, and out of those, only maybe 3 or 4 have been other cartoonists.
I know I should be responding more and finishing these, but a lot of the situations that have come out of these are not comfortable for me. I feel like I made a mistake leaving myself so open and being so up front about everything, but I don’t like being fake. It’s led to a lot of problems with people crossing boundaries or getting aggressive. I’ve received more emails of people calling me an attention whore and or a bitch than I have submissions. I’ve had people think that if I respond, it’s an obligation that I start an exclusive relationship with them.
I don’t know if I’m going to continue or if I should just take it down or if it’ll ever come to anything. Sorry to be such a downer. It sounds like a fun project and I think it would be with the right people. I just don’t know if or when that’s ever going to happen.