I am repeating this strip from Christmas just to give you an update. This cartoon strip wasn’t based on a true story until this past week. I was asked by one of my supervisors to cut out paper snowflakes for the bulletin board! I didn’t make a fuss like Kurt did, but I did wonder if she had seen the comic before asking me! Life imitating art, don’t you think?
Comics Sherpa this week:
This week I hit a mile marker of 200 comics. I thank everyone for their support and encouragement. I truly enjoy doing this! It’s great to have this many comics to my name and now I’m pushing for mile marker 300.
On the pool deck, Arnold is in a heated discussion with Kurt on how to be a proper lifeguard. Kurt’s not listening as he has more years on the job. Is Arnold high strung? Is Kurt slacking off? Or is there just bad blood between them? Perhaps they should both read the lifeguard manual.
And in the guard room, Bernard is trying to get Jonathan out of the 70s and 80s music, but he doesn’t have a fax machine. Perhaps “Doc” can give him some assistance.
I just rolled out my cartoon on Tapastic.com. I am starting from the beginning and hoping to gain some new followers there. I will post these a little faster until they catch up with the Go Comics platform. Hopefully by that time, Go Comics will have the Sherpa cartoonists back on the Go Comics site. Hopefully. If you want to follow me on Tapastic, I’m here:
Beginning today, January 9, 2017, Go Comics will be updating its website for the Sherpa users and subscribers. (Sherpa is the amateur side of GoComics.) This means that during this time, the Sherpa site will separate from GoComics and will remain apart until the new version of Sherpa is complete. After the update, Sherpa will once again become a part of the GoComics page. If you have subscribed on Go Comics, “Suits and Guarders” will temporarily not be seen on your GoComics page until the new site is built and incorporated. My “Suits and Guarders” cartoons (all archives and new cartoons) will still appear on the old Sherpa site:
I admit this is inconvenient but I really can’t complain. The updates are supposed to include many new features. And they have even offered all of us Sherpa creators a pro-rated refund for the inconvenience.
This week on Sherpa:
Here are the two comics that are running this week on Sherpa. Like many of my cartoons, these are based on a true story. I was scheduled to attend an in-service on a weekend, but they needed guards that weekend also. So I had to work while I watched my co-workers suffer through an in-service before rescheduling to attend another that same month. I remember being a little chapped by the whole experience!
I had read about the history of the calendar as a history assignment but I basically had to dig for a few facts to say what was on my mind. Even though I try to keep “Suits and Guarders” as timeless as possible, I did put the month it occurred in the strip. But honestly, I don’t hold a grudge about the matter. You believe me, right?
Do you ever feel like you’re spinning your wheels without gaining any traction? Yep, I’m hard on myself too. Sometimes making a list can help put a grip on reality. Before going to bed tonight, I challenge you to reflect back on 2016 and list all of your personal accomplishments from 2016.
Here are some of the oasis marks for my year:
January 10th, I became re-certified as a Lifeguard.
February 1st, my comic strip was copyrighted.
February 18th - March 4th: I became immersed in a self-directed M.C. Escher project. It gave me so much energy and joy. You can view it here:
April 11th I launched “Suits and Guarders” on Go Comics Sherpa.
April 30th I participated in the U.S. Masters Spring Nationals.
In May, Lifeguard Times Online Jobs Fair featured four of my cartoons about Liz and her first days at work.
I taught 18 sessions of swim lessons throughout the summer and fall.
In the months August through December, I entered six illustration/cartoon contests, started as an assistant swim coach for a year round swim team and got back in the water competitively.
I did get a re-post on Instagram of the Falkirk Wheel by RMJM, a world renowned architecture firm.
And…..I completed 100 comic strips this year.
Normally, humor is the subject matter for my blogs. Motivating blogs aren’t quite as comfortable, since I always imagine people reading and commenting, “Young whipper-snapper, what does he know?” Anyway, the list thing really helps me. I hope you found some hidden gems in your review of 2016.
Happy New Year everyone!
Ian Johnson was born with a crazy cartoon character perspective on the real world. “Suits and Guarders” is loosely based on his life as a lifeguard and swim instructor at a local pool. Any resemblance of characters in this work to persons, drawn or imagined, is purely coincidental.