Gretchen Koch is creating comics
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When my family plays Pictionary, it comes up every time how terrible I was at it when I was kid, because I focused too much on detail. By the time everybody else had drawn a person, I would've drawn a hand.  And then my team would lose.

I've since recovered from this handicap and am now much better at Pictionary, although not a champion.  Nor am I the greatest artist. I'm just a person who has a better grip than I used to about the importance of getting your art to function as a delivery vehicle for a concept and/or message. 

Scott McCloud defines a comic as "juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer."  I've taken lots of art classes, an aesthetics philosophy course in college, and even been paid (temporarily) to work as an artist, but it's only now that I've really started contemplating the specific art of comics and exploring what I can do within it.  

And then the election happened, and I found myself furious. I went through the stages of grief, hit "anger," and held onto that one while proceeding through the rest. I wanted to find a productive way to express that anger, and to play out the conversations that were going on in my head in case they resonated with anybody else.  

So that's where Giant If came from.

A "big if" is an unlikely but necessary condition. Like you might say "If-- and this is a big if-- your great grandmother comes along to Carlsbad Caverns, then I promise to pack a picnic basket."  If that's a "big if," then America emerging from a Trump presidency without some enormous scars seems like a giant if to me. That, and I feel like "giant if" eloquently expressed both the tremendous uncertainty of how we're all feeling right now, and my own personal difficulty with decision-making. So I went ahead and bought the domain. I'm committed. Not like buying a domain name is a huge commitment, but hey-- it's something.  

And I want to keep doing this comic, for as long as there are things to express and/or make fun of, and realistically it's hard to imagine running out of such things.  But I have expenses. I need to get dental surgery, for example, and my insurance doesn't cover most of it.  I'm not in danger of imminent financial ruin, but a few bucks from a few people would really help.  

So if you like what you see, consider chipping in.  If you don't, no worries-- I won't come to your home and force you to look at my comics.

Thanks.
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When my family plays Pictionary, it comes up every time how terrible I was at it when I was kid, because I focused too much on detail. By the time everybody else had drawn a person, I would've drawn a hand.  And then my team would lose.

I've since recovered from this handicap and am now much better at Pictionary, although not a champion.  Nor am I the greatest artist. I'm just a person who has a better grip than I used to about the importance of getting your art to function as a delivery vehicle for a concept and/or message. 

Scott McCloud defines a comic as "juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer."  I've taken lots of art classes, an aesthetics philosophy course in college, and even been paid (temporarily) to work as an artist, but it's only now that I've really started contemplating the specific art of comics and exploring what I can do within it.  

And then the election happened, and I found myself furious. I went through the stages of grief, hit "anger," and held onto that one while proceeding through the rest. I wanted to find a productive way to express that anger, and to play out the conversations that were going on in my head in case they resonated with anybody else.  

So that's where Giant If came from.

A "big if" is an unlikely but necessary condition. Like you might say "If-- and this is a big if-- your great grandmother comes along to Carlsbad Caverns, then I promise to pack a picnic basket."  If that's a "big if," then America emerging from a Trump presidency without some enormous scars seems like a giant if to me. That, and I feel like "giant if" eloquently expressed both the tremendous uncertainty of how we're all feeling right now, and my own personal difficulty with decision-making. So I went ahead and bought the domain. I'm committed. Not like buying a domain name is a huge commitment, but hey-- it's something.  

And I want to keep doing this comic, for as long as there are things to express and/or make fun of, and realistically it's hard to imagine running out of such things.  But I have expenses. I need to get dental surgery, for example, and my insurance doesn't cover most of it.  I'm not in danger of imminent financial ruin, but a few bucks from a few people would really help.  

So if you like what you see, consider chipping in.  If you don't, no worries-- I won't come to your home and force you to look at my comics.

Thanks.

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Pledge $1 or more per a comic
11 patrons
You're officially a patron and will receive one very thankful virtual hug. Also, you'll have access to my patron-only feed for blog posts and picture updates along the way.
Pledge $5 or more per a comic
5 patrons
You get the say! When I've got a question, you'll be one of the few that can answer through polls, plus all previous rewards.