In 2012, I started a two-semester course on making comics and graphic novels at Camosun College. The first day we were asked to draw an avatar for ourselves, with the superpower we would most like to have. We had five minutes, so not much time to think! I’ve always thought it would be cool to be able to change into different animals, so I made mine a shape-changer.
But that was not the end of it – our first comic assignment was to do a one-page comic about the classic “what I did on my summer vacation” theme — but using our avatar as ourselves. Well, my summer vacation had involved a double knee operation and most of the summer was taken up with recovery — so I turned it into an origin story for my shape-changer avatar.
Oddly, my original sketch was a kind of cat-creature, but the unicorn seemed to fit better into this story as more of a fantasy creature that would be generated by that strange purple gas (I’m sure it’s not really purple, but strange things go through your head when you’re waking up from that stuff!).
There is a sequel — which will give me something to post tomorrow (I’m working hard in the Salt Mines of Art, as my husband calls it, but it’s all too rough to show yet)!