That said, it is occasionally a struggle to make the distinction between my self and my character. For example, I think people occasionally expect me to be more gregarious than I turn out to be when they meet me at conventions. I always feel like a big awkward doofus at those things. Maybe because I process a lot of my life through comics, it makes it harder for me to process on the fly...
I want to portray myself truthfully, and allow my flaws to show... But I also want to make comics about strong, self-confident women (and I'm not always one). I want to show my life accurately, but I want to make work that rings familiar for everyone (and I'm not everyone). It's a balance between how I live my life and how I write my comic, and I think I will always be teetering a little.
In the case of Salvaged Parts, which deals with my breakup (the climax of a "storyline" that had been building in my Stop Paying Attention comics), it was a double-sided coin; in part, it was horrific to be faced with the task of publicly sharing my heartbreak, handling the matter maturely, and even just forcing myself to be introspective enough to make comics in the midst of a breakup. On the other hand, it was lovely to have readers who were rooting for me through the whole mess. It really brought to light how my work could effect people, and how great that connection is. The actual making of the comic also forced me to organize my thoughts and emotions in a way that helped me to see my own life more clearly, which is the main reason behind why I make comics. Word and image as the digestive aid for thought and emotion."
A very sincere "thank you" goes to Lucy for graciously accepting our invitation at short notice. We love Salvaged Parts, and if you're not some kind of emotionless robot, we're willing to bet you might too. As previously stated, copies are available now over at her website. You probably don't need us to tell you how much of a damn-fine colourist she is to boot, but we will anyway. Also, if you're feeling generous, you can help heal her broken heart by aiding facilitation of a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Do it now, you miserable misers, you.