I created this short narrative a couple months ago as a contribution to the annual Meanwhile Comic book. Despite it's length, making this was a laborious process and took me quite some time to put together.
(media: charcoal, graphite and digital)
This story is personal to me, but you can interpret it whatever way you please.
Bernadette the Brave
Bernadette gets lost and scared in a crowd when life is too much. She imagines that the swarms of people around are a forest of trees to cope.
As she walks through the imagined trees, she sees that they all have unique faces like the people in the crowd.
Bernadette comes across one in particular with a doorknob, It beacons to her with a golden light. She opens the face and climbs inside.
There she finds a golden world.
This world is wonderous, as if it was made just for Bernadette. It is a place of serenity, safety, curiosity and beauty.
However, back in the forest of faces, danger awaits. Another has found his way into Bernadette's mind. The danger wields an axe and finds the tree with the golden world.
As he takes his axe to Bernadette's tree, everything within her worlds splits, including her body. But from her body comes the source of the golden light. Bernadette holds the power to fight back.
This is your world. You may be small, and it's okay to be afraid. Bt know that when fear is crippling and invades your heart, you have the ultimate power to fight back and conquer.
I also had the honor to be featured as the front and back cover of the comic this year.
We successfully distributed around 1,600 copies of the comic at Megacon in Orlando this past weekend and had a wonderful time! :)