We all know father knows his daughter will rebel, you just never know when and how the rebellion will come. I'm a comic artist in Sydney Australia and my daughter started transforming into a Gothic. I knew I should be worried about her being bullied, and I felt like it was my job to tell her to fit in, But i just was so inspired by her courage.
As a parent your first thought is make her fit in and have friends. Don't be different, be happy and smile, and think about unicorns and rainbows like when you were six.
I had the urge to change her. I couldn't. Her defiance to be different no matter what just made me happy
I was just so proud of her. The people I liked in my life were the rebels, the crazy people, those who liked honesty, and those people who deeply questioned the world.
I started drawing the comics as a homage to her as she was just such an inspiration to me.
When I am drawing there is always the voice saying be responsible and simple, and then the quiet voice deep inside saying something new and honest. It's hard to let that voice come out, like my daughter was doing.
It was some sort of a revelation. I thought my daughter was brave about the choices she made, and it struck me deeply
I called the character Reeves, the name comes from the famous band The Cure and its guitarist, Reeves Gabrels.
Ultimately, it comes down to do you want people to like you for something you are not, or do you want to like your self despite others.
This clear defiance in the face of everything normal gave me a sense of pride and joy in my daughter that I am expressing in a comic.
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