I was preparing my thesis project for print and I’d lined up a bunch of conventions/workshops/residencies/etc, and the pandemic shut down all that.
On a personal level, it made me step back and re-evaluate what I was even doing as a cartoonist. My thesis project was a graphic novella about community safety literally titled "ACAB". Then George Floyd was murdered, the pandemic raged, and I asked myself – is hiding in my room and drawing the best way to tackle this right now? And my answer was, no. So I didn’t. I wanted to engage with things on the ground, not in my head. I looked for what I could address with my hands, right now, right here.