After the insanely and inhumanly exhausting 2010 (and its Great Journal), un-fucking- believably dull and stale 2011 (and its Short-but-Bitter Journal), I figured I should keep the tradition alive....so, here it is.
All in all, pro-s and con-s set side-by-side, I can say this was truly a great year. Especially considering it began with the opulent and bizarre cult-like party full of strangers, in a mansion in the middle of nowhere...
Professionally, the year was disastrous.
The economy was in severe crisis its 4th year in a row. My professional branch is one of those which got the heaviest blows, and I'm still one of those lucky bastards in my field of work who has a job.
The only thing that saved the company is one disgusting law brought by the government, which goes totally against my professional and personal ethic, but it brought us work and earnings. And saved our asses from the pits of Hades.
It also brought me a co-worker (due to increased workload) so I'm no longer alone with the elderly Boss, and that's good.
Moreover, the Boss formally retired, so I'm the one with the License stamp now, and responsible for everything.
What will happen after June 2013, when said law expires, and the bullshit that's feeding us becomes once again impossible and illegal, It's up to anyone's guess. Most probably, we'll close.
.......but since I tend to keep my pro-related stuff away from this account, I won't be bothering you with it anymore.
On personal level, the year was fantastic.
I'll remember it as a year when we both managed to bring some extra income in the house, the year when we had one of the most amazing and relaxing summer vacations ever, the year when we moved into a fantastic new place that turned my life and mind upside down, the year when I finally ditched cigarettes, and the year when my boy was proclaimed clear of all potential medical consequences stemming from his weird birth defect and major reconstructive surgery that took place immediately after he was born, 2 1/2 years ago. And that makes me happy beyond measure.
On a hobby-related level (what this account is all about), this year was one of the best ever!
It began back in January 2012, when M3Gr1ml0ck
chose me as a regular 'artist' for 'Get a Life'
the brand-new monthly publication for 'A.Mys', the Official fan club of the Italian comic series 'Martin Mystere'. I saw it as an opportunity to try to get myself out of the sticky and suffocating mud of staleness of the previous year, to do something fresh and new, and to put my skills and speed to test......and as it turned out, it was precisely what i needed.
So far, It resulted in total of 50 interior b/w pages and 10 covers, 4 of which I coloured as well ( all including one issue still to be released)
With spirits boosted by this above, I was hired (alongside crnorizlatea
) to be a part of the team responsible for the multimedia promo-campaign of this year's edition of 'Hartera' music festival. The two of us authored the 44-page 'Radio Jesus' comic, around whose plot and characters the whole campaign was themed, and which was released in small portions on the festival's web and FB page, as well as pushed to users of the festival's awesome mobile app, the innovative core of the campaign.
I was responsible for writing, drawing, colouring and lettering 23 of those pages, plus a dozen or so illustrations on the side. used in the mobile app.
Insane amount of work in a very short time, but we pulled it off....and then some!
Add to this 1 TF-Multiverse
comic page, 5 painted pages of 'The Bell Men' (of which I'm *especially* proud! - divljasvinja.deviantart.com/ga…
), 8 more pages of assorted stuff (some of which I can't show just yet), 2 'retarded mini-comix', 10-ish standalone pictures, and one sculpture, and I think the count is - in my humble opinion - quite impressive.
Total of 87 interior comic pages *alone*, not counting the rest.
Now, this comes very close to my legendary and so-far-unparalleled year of 2003, when I finished my classes and gave myself a year to blow off steam before getting a temp-job and ultimately graduating........and perhaps even surpasses it, which I cannot check for sure, since many things from that period weren't precisely dated.
...but you know what? I think this one counts more!
Coz back then, all I was doing was getting wasted and laid while living on coffee, a pack of smokes and a pretzel daily, and just drew, drew, drew like crazy.....and now, I achieved this alongside a full-time job, all the responsibilities of a grown self-providing individual, a (demanding!) toddler at home and no relatives to jump in regarding anything in 300-km radius. Plus, I learned so much new stuff, more than I did in *years*!
Like, eff yeah!
Since I mentioned achievements.......'Hartera 2012' promo-campaign (and me as a co-author) won a *very* prestigious award - 1st place in the 'Interactive and electronic media' category on the national 'Designers' Society' biennale.
Also, 'Get a Life' was publicly recognized by the creator of the comic it's based upon (!!!), first online then got talked about (and praised) in the afterword of one official books toward the end of the year, and the collection is very likely going to receive an endorsed printed edition.
See, people? That's how you do fan-art!
Speaking of 'Get a Life' , I have yet to finish the second half of the last episode I worked on (1st part will be published Jan '13, second one whenever), after which I'll be leaving the series for an indefinite period of time.
As planned, I stuck with it for a full year's time (and some more) as a month-by-month regular, and allowed Franco time to build up almost a year's worth of future monthly issues drawn by other people.....and now when the project is fully up on it's feet (and starting to spread ts wings, due to official recognition!) and its pool of contributors is growing every day, I think my 'mission' here is (for the time being) done.
The position sure has its benefits and perks, but I sadly have to leave - I simply need to concentrate my (very limited) time/efforts on other stuff.
(and if you're interested in joining, just sling Franco a note).
So......that's about it.
As for New year's resolutions, well........just one word:
To ditch this fake and empty online bullshit as much as possible,to re-build lost *real* relations with *real* people, to stop being constantly pissed-off at the shitty inhuman time we live in and its utterly retarded "culture" of recycling and ruining all that was good, and to simply look back.
To look at that what I had and lost, and to try to get it back, to work on it and to make it grow. Either physically or figuratively, be it out there, or in my head, or buried in my ancient scrapbooks.
And to use that as fuel and inspiration for moving ahead with joy.
And to learn from my son.
For as much as I yet have to teach him, he can teach me as well, and teach me precisely what I lost.
..because his "No, we don't have to go now!! We only have to play!!" is probably the most impact-ful thing I've heard in a very long time.
Peace be with y'all, and all the best in 2013!
Viva La Revolución!