Sketches, Samples, Progress
Thanks for sharing your work in progress. I am a gay Catholic school survivor too. I think you’re capturing something fresh about it here- the mysteries promoted by Catholicism next to the mysteries of discovering yourself. The “I wanted to talk to someone” made me tear up this morning.
The visuals were strong, clear, shows emotions and it rattled me. It reminded of my says at Little Flower Church in El Paso, Texas, I would walk in and I was either in aw or scared; it's a mystery. Today as an adult, I walk into Most Holy Reedemer in San Francisco and I sit and stare at the stained glass- maybe a sense of comfort? Maybe a focus so I don't look around and see folks I don't know?
Thank you! I hope this project provides much healing. Your story offered that for me. Look forward to seeing more.
I admire your writing.
David m SF
Papi, what Struck me when I looked at the scene is that the main child in the scene does not have a halo. A halo is the reflection of the presence of the Holy Spirit oh God within a person. So I think that the believes that everyone else is loved, happy, loved, secure, comfortable, content--but not him--that something is wrong with him. That everyone else knows this secret language of life, but he doesn’t. It’s wrapped up in the religious trauma he is experiencing because he believes that he is different bit in a shameful way and that God doesn’t love him. What he may have yet to discover is that he in fact, if he looks closer, he will see his own halo. HUGS, Papi. We love you.
We are so happy for you that the process is going well. You mentioned Mother Teresa. She felt doubt, despair, loneliness, rejection, and we marvel at this. No one is immune--we are all human. No more, no less. I enjoyed looking at this scene from your graphic novel.
So creative and wonderfully cool. I love the stained glass design you've created and it speaks so much to the story you're sharing.