whimsicalbeast said: Hello! I thought your post about reviews was interesting: a couple of years ago my work was reviewed very poorly by someone, & it stung-- but the thing I found interesting (& still do) is that the people who have been hardest on my work, over the years, are the ones who once had artistic aspirations of some sort & then never did anything with them. It's not to say their views are not valid, >but< my impression, looking at them as a whole, is that they are hard on most working artists. ....
yes, that makes sense.
for me, i think i’m just a whore for attention, so i’d want any kind of review i could get, even if it’s like, “i hate you, erik nebel, you are the worst,” i’d be thinking, “wow, such strong emotions, how exciting.”
joereorda said: GenderQueer, oh you are endlessly forward thinking in your artwork and now in your own person! #MazelTov on that journey. ❤️
thanks! i feel good about it, especially with all the encouragement from my tumblr friends.
i remember when i first heard the label genderqueer, i immediately thought, “that’s me! i’m genderqueer!” and i felt happy.
then, i started having doubts, like, “wait, am i really genderqueer? what if don’t qualify?” it’s like i imagined there was a panel of judges that was going to tell me, “no, sorry, you can’t have that identity, we won’t give it to you.” it’s weird. i imagined meeting a group of real genderqueers and having them say, “you’re not one of us, you’re a fake genderqueer.” and i felt like i was going to be rejected, for some reason.
anyways, the reason that i bring this up is because i was thinking recently about what themes are in my comics, and i’ve come to the realization that, without even knowing it, i think that what i’ve been doing with my comics is coming to terms with my genderqueer identity, and maybe all my comics have as a subtext me trying to come to an understanding of that identity.
i’m still figuring things out! thanks for coming along on my journey.