Monday’s comic is a day early. Why? Because today, August 14th
, is my brother’s birthday. And I guess it’s become a bit of a tradition (two whole years!) that I draw him a Tintin themed birthday comic. You can see last year’s here. It’s the least I can do for him.
Close to a year and a half ago, when I had first returned to this country from Thailand, and was just starting out in my transition, my brother, without hesitation and without being asked, took me into his home and let me sleep on his bed, while he took a mattress on the floor. He allowed me to live there for some months without paying rent, and allows me to live with him still (I pay rent now) despite my messy artist’s lifestyle and my frequent dysphoria freak-outs and bouts of depression.
He’s been supportive of me right from the beginning of the process of transitioning, and growing up, he was (and still is) my hero and inspiration. His dedication to his music is nothing short of awe inspiring, and a good portion of what keeps me working so hard on my art is knowing that every single day he’s spending every single spare moment he has practicing on his guitar. He actually has many music projects on the go, including playing in the killer progressive metal band, Opus Arise. They actually recently recorded their first not long ago, and you can find it here.
He also has an adorable little dog, with whom he has a wonderful, loving relationship. That and he always used to wear a Tintin and the Black Island t-shirt just made it the obvious choice that I make him a Tintin birthday present.
So happy birthday, bro! Here’s to another year getting to witness your greatness!