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The drawing I’ve posted in place of this week’s comic is something I did for my uncle, Charles Watkins, a couple weeks ago. It’s a memory I have of a time he shared some of his skill in cartooning with me, knowing that it’d fan my creative flames a little. I didn’t have nearly as much time with my uncle as I’d have liked, but I had enough to know he cared about me, and my creativity, and wanted to see it always growing.

My Uncle Charles has just passed away (cancer is a rotten thing), but I had this picture, and thought about how he might like it if I shared it with other folks. I think he liked to share his curiosity and creativity with others. As a teacher, he did that for a lot of kids. I know he did for my buddy, Al, who–as chance would have it–had my uncle as a teacher in fourth grade, and counts the literary spark my uncle lit in him as a defining part of his childhood.

If you think about it, next time you have a chance, it’d be a nice thing to give a younger person you know a little nudge of support for something they’re reading, or drawing, or trying to make. Help fan their flames a bit. Maybe just ask to see something they’ve created, or tell them how great it is that they’re making things at all. I think my uncle would like that. You never can tell how much a little moment will mean to someone in the long run.


  1. Khalid Birdsong

    Wonderful drawing and such a thoughtful post! Inspiring others is one of the reasons I teach art to kids and draw comics.

  2. Chris

    Thanks, Khalid. I really appreciate that, and didn’t know you teach art–that’s great to hear!

  3. Spike Matthews

    My father died just over a year ago, having been diagnosed with a massive brain tumour just six weeks before. It’s hard.
    You have my best wishes and thoughts.

  4. Chris

    I’m sorry to hear that, Spike. Thanks for your thoughts, and I hope you’re healing as best you can.

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