I’ve been dragging pencils, pens, crayons, and whatever made a mark over surfaces for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, I didn’t think I was ever going to draw again when college apps came rolling in. After I walked the walk, being the dumb teenager I was, I dove head first into a heavily business driven design university before even sitting down about it.


Half way through my pursuit of my BFA in Graphic Design, I signed up for a course called “Business of Licensing”. In it, students were to pick something they made, finesse it, and create a bulletproof pitch that would ideally set it up for a license, patent, copyright, etc... It was a class that had a mix of students from any year and from any design major. This meant that you could be a first year Illustration student in the same class as a graduating Product Designer. Being a junior in Graphic Design, I didn’t see any licensing potential in any of my projects and deemed myself screwed for embarrassment. What was I going to do, copyright a poster?



First of all, as much as I ended up loving the class and my professor, I can’t deny the fact that I only enrolled to easily cross out some requirements. I wanted to make time to focus on the heavy courses that kicked your ass so hard it bruised your heart. Although both students and professors alike understood the rude lifestyle we all led, I still wanted to bring something to the table that was worth everyone’s time. Since I didn’t have anything to offer, and I wasn’t going to waste time creating an unrefined product, I decided I was going to do what I did best: I picked up a pencil, reached for my inner kid, and started to doodle again.



No, what I conjured up was not the series that helped me grow (I'm getting there, I promise), but another comic series called, “Scruffy & Sabrina”—two talking, walking, stuffed dogs that 5 year old me modeled after some stuffed animals. I didn’t give a killer presentation. It was terrible, actually. However, the good that did come out of it was another series called, “Life in Art College”. The series was originally about my field of work and how poorly misunderstood it was. When the comics slowly trickled into things about my daily life, that’s when I made the title change to “Heropie”.

Posting my work online for the first time, I never expected it to take off. I was a mental and physical mess, wrung out of creativity in a rigorous design program driven with competition. I don’t know where I would be right now if it weren’t for all the amazing support I got from my readers. They’ve helped me along my journey and were never discouraging about what I published. I hope that within my comics, I am able to give people the same emotional support they gave me.

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Hawk 1 year ago

Dog: “hahahahha you have been replaced! 😈😈😈😈😈”

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Just a Purpler 1 year ago

I can't breatheeee X'DDDDDDD

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Silent Skeleton 1 year ago

Beanies are always a win

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Andrew Keane 1 year ago

The expressions are priceless.

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Melissa Nunya 1 year ago

Me in Seattle. The day you decide to spend extra time on hair and makeup is usually extra wet ;)

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Sarcasticow 1 year ago

'I'll stop wearing black when they make a darker color'

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Hamiltrash 1 year ago

I have hair that goes past my thighs O.o

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Harry Plopper 1 year ago

Me in public: *thinks; okay, look productive* Me at home: no

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Andrew Keane 1 year ago

I love this. I spend so much time draw or on computer. Then I try to remember the last time I wrote with pen on paper and it's like I should be looking up that information in a history book!.....kind of sad really....

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Yezid Puerto 1 year ago

week? nop, the same day.................

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Just a Purpler 1 year ago

Except for the gym. They blast the heaters in there...

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Just a Purpler 1 year ago

Wow I relate to this! Except when I go home it's a lot colder :3 I like it that way though ^-^

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J-HopeOffical 1 year ago

THATS A MARKIPLIER REFERENCE

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Alia G. 1 year ago

Both a curse and a blessing

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Just a Purpler 1 year ago

Oh man I'd pay good money to buy some sleep from you!!

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Molly Tallmadge 1 year ago

puppy!

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Daniel Sipes 1 year ago

Oh so then that girl wasn't flirting with me then...:(

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Daniel Sipes 1 year ago

The instant dread....

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Daniel Sipes 1 year ago

I hate personal information clipboards with a passion. -__-

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Annika Hanson-Carlson 1 year ago

same...

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Thundor Fox 1 year ago

The face on the back of the laptop!!

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Just a Purpler 1 year ago

Holy crap she is literally me though :O XD

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SnoopyCereal 1 year ago

Well, I at least TRY to...

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Emma Knappe 1 year ago

Same

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Molly Tallmadge 1 year ago

run away!!!!!!

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Ged Maybury 1 year ago

Asian mothers? It get's THAT vicious?

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Ged Maybury 1 year ago

I can so relate! (Not sure my brains's a washing machine, tho'. More like a .. a ... you know: one of those OH LOOK! A BUTTERFLY!)

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_WEIRD_ONE_ 1 year ago

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duhh...ok then... you just do things your way then... ehaha

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Eamonn Anderson 1 year ago

thats the only thing people think they do

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Molly Tallmadge 1 year ago

all their faces in panel 3. Like "WTH?"

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Andrew Keane 1 year ago

At least you're not going bald like me. You're not going bald are you?

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ambernina 1 year ago

favorite :D