Nina Is Nothing, And Everything Like Me

I’ve always told stories about my life. We all do. We might tell them to our BFF or a stranger in the checkout line at the grocery store, but we’re always telling stories in funny or dramatic ways. Of course, many of the stories I tell about myself are in comic form.

Leap is different. It’s a complete story, and it’s not about me. I’ve worked on stories for decades, but I’ve never finished them because I was so personally invested. They were too important to me to get wrong. Too emotionally big to risk failure.

Leap is just a story. A story with magic and mystery and murder. There’s not much magic, mystery, or murder in my life.

Along the way, however, the main character, Nina, started to take on familiar elements. Nina is a young woman who finds an ancient source of power, which causes some terrible things to happen. But Nina’s biggest problem is herself. She’s given away her own power. She’s let people take power from her. She struggles to make decisions.

How many people do I know who are Nina? Myself, sure. But beyond that I can’t even count. Some have grown and taken back their power. Some are perpetually stuck in a cycle of letting others take from them. And hopefully, in the people that read this story, there will be someone with whom that concept resonates, and maybe even subconsciously, it will help them realize that they are strong enough to take a leap, spread their wings, and fly, even if they aren’t sure where they will land. 

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2 Comments

  1. Tim
    Feb 8, 2018

    I think I love the explanations behind your comics almost better than the actual artwork. Just like in your book, it helps me to connect to the images on a deeper level. Thanks for sharing some of your insight, and of course, all the great art.

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    1. Jill
      Feb 8, 2018

      Thanks Tim! I’m trying to getting into a better habit of writing, especially to give more background – it’s often the last thing I think about doing.

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