Monday, November 14, 2016

World Diabetes Day

Apparently, it’s World Diabetes Day. Would’ve really loved to draw something for it, but I only found out about it a few hours ago. I’ve been a type-1 diabetic since March 2003, so…uh, shame on me for not knowing sooner? LOL.

As should surprise none of you at this point, I love to include diabetic characters in my projects. Sometimes they’re simply secondary—like Coco’s little brother Tad in Echo Effect—but as should be even less of a surprise, I like to make them main characters most often. I have so many you guys have yet to meet. You’ve all met Jay already, though! He’s one of two protagonists in the horror comic I’m developing. Since I wasn’t able to draw something fun for WDD, here are some links to past artwork of him, where the insulin pump he uses as a diabetic is on full display…


And here’s a glimpse of a silly comic strip I started ages ago, where Jay’s insulin pump plays an important role. (This will make sense if/when I’m able to share the completed version!)

Now’s my cue to forget about WDD, because Echo Effect is returning THIS FRIDAY and I still have so much work to do! *flails*

22 comments:

  1. I'm sorry. I hope you are careful and do what you need to control it.

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    1. There's no need to feel sorry about anything! I've had great control of it for about half my life already. I honestly can't imagine life without it.

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  2. I think it's also Diabetes Awareness month. I didn't know they had WDD, as well.


    Really looking forward to this Friday... *jumps up and down gleefully clapping her hands*

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    1. I've been vaguely aware of Diabetes Awareness Month for a while, but never actually knew which month it, y'know, was. (I'm a real diabetic, I swear! LOL.)

      And I hope the return of Echo Effect doesn't disappoint you! Friday's going to be here before any of us know it, I think. (It will for me, at least. Haha.)

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  3. I think it's great that you reference diabetes in your artwork and with your characters. Hope all goes well and you're ready for Friday.

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    1. Thank you! I'm pretty much prepared for Friday. I'm mainly just stressed about all the Fridays that come after, since my buffer of strips isn't as big as it should be!

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  4. If it makes you feel any better, my step-father was a diabetic and I had no idea til this exact moment that yesterday was a thing. o_O

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    1. LOL. So many things seem to have their own days anymore, so it's really hard to keep up! I honestly wouldn't have known about it if I hadn't seen it mentioned on Twitter...

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  5. It's coming back on Friday!? *breaks out the popcorn* Let's do this thing!

    I hadn't noticed the pump. Now I like the comic even more--I mean, that's epic.

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    1. Yes, Friday! I'm wondering where the past three months have disappeared to. The hiatus wasn't long enough for me! XD

      A lot of my early concept art didn't show the pump, since I wasn't sure if I wanted Jay to use that or shots at the time. Am drawing it in all the time now, though! Glad you like the inclusion... :)

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  6. Sorry you have diabetes. I think it's very cool that you've included diabetic characters in your comics. It really helps raise awareness of the condition.

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    1. Yeah, there definitely needs to be more awareness in fiction, especially for type-1. Too many confuse it with type-2 and are perplexed by how different diabetes is for me!

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  7. It's admirable how well you've coped with diabetes.

    A lot of my family members have diabetes (some type 1 and some type 2) and it's one of the most difficult conditions to control.

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    1. I might be an anomaly, but I've found diabetes very easy to manage. (Which doesn't mean there aren't frustrating days sometimes, 'cause there definitely are.) Sorry so many of your relatives struggle with this condition!

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  8. I missed the day, but I like how you include it in your strips. It's a fun take on a difficult issue.

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    1. Thank you! I do my best to make diabetes simply part of the character, and not the sole thing that defines them. It can really enhance a story, IMO!

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  9. Sorry to hear you have to deal with diabetes, Heather. My mom was on the needle twice a day for around 40 years. It's not fun.
    I do love though that you add this touch of realism to your characters.
    You have a great one.
    Hugs

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    1. Aw, sorry about your mom. The needle aspect is definitely a chore!

      And thank you! Hope your week's been well...

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  10. I think it's great that you have Jay wear an insulin pump. Art shouldn't reflect only parts of life, it should show it all.

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    1. Thank you! I definitely agree. (Obviously, haha.) Too often, diabetics and the like will be featured in stories that come across as nothing but a Very Special Episode. I want to show they can be in fun, fantastical ones, too!

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  11. I feel like I'm always late to finding out what special day it is. I'm looking forward to more Echo Effect!

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    1. I'm always late with those special days, too. Haha. And thanks!

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