NPR Creative Workshop: Telling Stories of Resilience in a Pandemic

The other day I saw a tweet promoting a creative workshop by NPR Goats & Soda focusing on comic making. Given that I’ve been stuck in another bout of creative block, I signed up.

“Telling Stories of Resilience in a Pandemic” on Sunday, December 20, 2020

Led by comic artist Laura Gao, the workshop consisted of a hands-on DIY project. We created a 3-panel strip on a scroll. The subject? Highlight a woman you admire during this pandemic.

I chose my mom because without her, I don’t know how my husband and I would be able to continue to focus on our work.

Truth be told, it’s been a long while since I’ve drawn a comic with pen and paper. Here’s what I did:

My scroll was held together with a couple pens and some Chinese bakery ribbon tie.

It was inspiring to see other people’s work, but also something that Laura said really hit me. I wish I’d been able to type it out word for word. But she said something along the lines of don’t get hung up on how your art looks. It’s all about the story and your intentions. If you create with heart, then that’s enough.