This is the other one that gave me some art block, but the other one was the worse culprit for sure.
In one of the images I use as a background for this one, I do a similar trick. I think it was the 6th or 7th strip in this arc? But yeah, similar concept. I like how this one conveys the emotion, more? Like I thin it does a better job?
And considering how arc is all about feeling stressed when you are new or inexperienced at something, I thought I would throw in some panels from my earliest comics, in the background, too.
Actually, the inspiration for this whole arch was actually… gaming with my mother.
She got into playing Mario Kart with me a couple times, and though our skill levels are kinda different we have fun. It started out after I played with my little cousins, and she started playing a couple rounds. Then we just started play Mario Kart on the switch together, and it’s a good time.
So I thought she’d like Kirby. Kirby is notorious for being easy to play, to the point I have seen some people complain Kirby is too easy. And short.
But, for my Mom, it was distracting and hard to figure out who she was. She kept saying she didn’t hate it, and that she would keep going. She did, but it wasn’t like Mario Kart. It’s hard to tease out what was so different, outside of one thing: She would ask me to play Mario Kart, and Kirby. Well, not so much.
Like Jessi and what ever game we are playing together in the comics, My mom thought Kirb’s was cute. That the game was cute.
But it wasn’t really her bag.
I think sometimes with either being the youngest, being small, sometimes getting picked on, add, or what have you, I ended trying to puff up when I feel small. My mom, also the youngest, I think she does this too at times. I think that’s part of why it’s easy for each other to point out when the other isn’t listening, than to admit it ourselves.
But I don’t think either of us want to be that person. I don’t want to say “you’re not a real gamer if–.” I don’t want to exclude people from having the chance to enjoy something. I may try to explain how I can see something is problematic, or why I like something, or why I don’t. But I don’t want to push people away just because they may be starting out or have a different experience with something.
With certain stuff, people may think otherwise of me. And, fair.
But I think there is a balance between setting and respecting your own boundaries, accepting others, and either being pushy or a door mat.
And even though it’s just games, the whole point of this strip is that if I am remember what it was like to start out, I should give people that chance too as well. That it’s cool that my mom even shares my interest with me in that small way. I’d always rather sharing together so we both have fun rather than me just data dump to her about why I like thing. Because then, it isn’t just about me.
When kids where being shit to me about those things, or even adults, it felt shitty because I couldn’t share in something or with folks. But, if I am mad about that, I should be careful when I do it, too.
I’m pretty sure this isn’t that big of deal, but as I try to for better relationships with both others and myself, it was something to think about.