I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have met these gifted young women (and one fellow!) and shared some of the knowledge I worked so hard for. Although the ESDIP Summer Illustration program was over, I couldn’t say goodbye to these amazing artists yet.
So we went on a bus ride on the M29 and did some drawings.
Then we got off the bus and went to my house! Where we made more drawings.
If I was one-tenth as helpful and supportive to these women as Trina Robbins was to me at their age, I’ll be delighted.
Visiting Trina and her much younger partner Steve Leialoha in their Mission house in 1986 and 1997 had a huge impact on me.
Trina’s warmth, her humility even though she was already a comics legend, her compassion and kindness- all inspired me to become to a person who would have something to give to the next generation of women artists.
And the fact that she lived with a tall thin dark-haired younger man in a big magical apartment full of history and mystery, in a cool city, may have been formative for me as well.
I watched Xena Warrior Princess with Trina one time; you could not ask for a better moment to shape you.
I have so much hope and excitement about what these young artists will do. I can’t wait to see!
If you want to get in my next class, I’m teaching Perspective For Masochists again at ESDIP Berlin starting October 4th.