Mayara discovers a new thing (Comic #598)

Mayara is a delightful tamarin the size of a tamarind seed. She’s often not drawn to scale and although her face is inspired by Emperor and Golden Tamarins, her body and bearing isn’t much like a tamarin  at all. I adore her and have often felt like I’ve under-used her, but I’ve comforted myself knowing she was a busy monkey and if I gave her enough encouragement and time, something would emerge.

I don’t like to force things on my characters and sometimes it takes a while to get to know my characters. Sometimes they are busy, sometimes they are private about things and think they’re none of my business. I’m not a creator who has to know every detail of a character, sometimes that can feel rude and imposing! And thinking you know everything about anyone can get in the way of properly listening to them.

I need to respect my characters and give them space to bring their whole selves forward. Creating can be more like bird watching than agriculture for me... a metaphor system I might unpack some other time.

In the meantime, I’m excited and a little intimidated about connecting Mayara’s world with mine and seeing how she enjoys a martial art I am very fond of.

Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Lisa Jenkins, Kate Webb, Matthew Noe, and Erik Owomoyela.

Comic Transcript

Mayara is leaping towards Thing 1.

Mayara: I'm gonna grab you!

Mayara tumbles through the air, Thing 2 looks on.

Mayara: What happened?!

Thing 2: Boot says it's Aikido

Mayara: How? It's all pins and throws and you don't have arms!

Thing 2: I guess the way of harmonious energy is arms optional!

Thing 2 grins

Mayara sits down with her hands on her face, mind blown!

3 thoughts on “Mayara discovers a new thing (Comic #598)

  1. <3 It truly amazes me how much Aikido can be done without certain body parts when they're not working properly. I hope you don't mind that I share a lot of your comics with my dojo!

    1. I don’t mind at all :), that would be lovely. I hope they enjoy it!

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