10 Days Travel Comic
10 days is a travel comic I created 10 years ago, but one that I love looking back on!
This travel comic helped define my illustration style, before I even knew I had one. And although I cringe at how easily I fell in love back then, I can’t help but remember the amount of effort that went in to this very simple and short comic.
At the time, I was teaching kindergarten in Thailand, and drew everything with paper and pencil. I had to find a scanner in the village I lived in, which was in itself a nearly impossible task. I finally found a scanner at a little old ladies pharmacy/grocery/laundry shop. It cost me around 10 Baht per scan, that I put onto a thumbdrive, then sent to my brother (who is a graphic designer) to help me put together as a proper comic. He then sent it back to me for me to print and give to my boyfriend at the time.
It was definitely a labour of love, and one that I wish I would have kept pursuing continuously because my initial idea was to draw comics about all of my travels abroad.
Back then, web comics weren’t really a thing. Almost nobody I knew even read comics except for the nerds I knew in Portland.
There was no Instagram.
Facebook was pretty much just for college kids.
The Internet was much lighter, and I was much much more naive when it came to love.
Anywho, I hope you enjoy!
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Lauren Metzler is an illustrator and comic artist. Originally from Oregon, she spent her childhood hiking the forests and waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest and now resides in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. When she’s not illustrating children’s books, you can find her swimming in the ocean with Sydney Mermaids, playing Dnd. and reading fantasy novels with her kitty Luna.