I have a sleep disorder. My mom has the same thing, too. We both have restless legs. My restless leg syndrome was really bad about ten years ago. It was terrible – I would wake up in the middle of the night with a buggy, painful feeling in my legs. I took yoga, I took medicine, I exercised, I took baths, I slept kneeling, I ate midnight snacks. Some remedies worked better than others, but it is terrible to have your sleep schedule turned upside down. My legs still act up from time to time, but not nearly as awful as they once were. The best things for me are taking walks, baths, and stretching. Over time, I hope the “creepy crawlies” in my legs will be gone forever!
Well, it has been a long road, but I celebrated my Athens-versary in July! I can remember packing up my car and making the 12 hour drive from Pittsburgh to Athens. It doesn’t feel like i have lived here as long as I have, really. Athens has grown and changed so much in the time i have lived here. And I would have never guessed I would be part of that change. I love having my Tofu Baby comic in the paper, and I love having our very own Mini Gallery down town. I love that we have a house, and I love that I have Raoul, Nilla, and Oreo to live in it with me.
In honor of International Zine Month, I made a new Dork Lifestyle comic. Dork Lifestyle are comics I make about my life. The very first one was made my final year of college. It documents dreams, happenings with friends, music, and anything I felt like writing about. I thought nothing of it for years, but I still made and sold this zine.
In 2009, my friend Ernessa T. Carter started Fierce and Nerdy, a website with different contributors as bloggers. She asked me to join, so each month I drew a comic about stuff that happened to me. It was fun, some months were harder to find the subject matter. I kept it going then published them as Dork Lifestyle numbered zines.
I decided to make a new Dork Lifestyle comic and continue making these for Rancho Cocoa! I hope you like the new addition, and I hope it keeps me up on my comics and story telling!