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04 March 2010 @ 05:50 pm
Talking To Dad  
The support that's come in from twitter, facebook, email, and especially all your wonderful comments on yesterday's blog tribute, have all been quite overwhelming. I know i'm not the first person in the world to lose someone, but your sympathies have meant a huge, huge amount to me. So much so that it all made me a little upset last night (the good kind of upset though).

So in return I wanted to offer this. I don't often draw serious or autobiographical comics, but last night i wrote this to try and put into pictures what i felt i'd lost. A lifetime of communication, represented by telephones.

If reading this makes only one person pick up the phone and call their dad, just to talk about nothing at all, then its worth it.

again, thank you SO much for all your kind wishes. lets next week go back to talking about silly stuff again.

(Anonymous) on March 4th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)

That's beautiful. It brings back memories of my own (again, in a good way ;-) ).

Take care, mate.

James Sharpejdsharpe on March 4th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Beautiful stuff, Jamie...I'm welling up...it's all so true. Take care.
fawnfawnfawnfawn on March 4th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
i'm crying at work!...well, more like sentimental tearing up than an all out bawl...but really so lovely~

(p.s. i get the answermachine and pass to the mom bit too~)
(Anonymous) on March 4th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Beautiful and very touching. Quite emotional now. Hugs to you.

(Anonymous) on March 4th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
your comic
My condolences.
Your comic is beautifully done. Made me tar up at work.
Jeffrey Rowlandwigu on March 4th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
That's real nice, Jamie.
stacebob on March 4th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, Jamie *huge hugs* I don't even know my dad and I got all tear-y.
and other tales of melaurasubby on March 4th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. Really well done Jamie.

Laura E.
Sarah McIntyrejabberworks on March 4th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Brilliant, Jamie! I totally love this, one of my favourite things you've done.
sandblind on March 4th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Beautiful and heartbreaking. Though I’ve never had a dad around to talk to, I can certainly relate to the (missed) connections with a loved one as important as this. Sorry for your loss, Jamie.
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Rick Eadeseadesmust on March 4th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Beautiful and poignant, amazing work.
(Anonymous) on March 4th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Aaah - so sorry to hear this, dear. A tough time to get through. I don't think you should feel you have to rush back to being funny - let it come back when it's ready. If you also keep the cartoon going I think it will help you make sense of your feelings as well as get you through low times. And, as you say, lots of people have to deal with loss and grief: your cartoon can help guide them through it and feel less lonely. The best art engages profound subjects in accessible ways. xm (rowemag on twitter)
Kettle Whistlekettle_whistle on March 4th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Very much relate to the wish about taking more time out. I wonder if there's any watershed for that, I suspect not. Shortly before my Grandfather died, I mentioned this- and he said: "Well, I could always call you too y'know..." Wise old bugger. Good parents want you to live your life to the fullest, and from the heartfelt words you've written, it seems highly likely that you Father was exactly that.

To know that your child is out in the world making their mark and enjoying life is surely the best reward parenthood has to offer, and your Father was fortunate enough to be aware that his Son made a living by drawing pictures- a huge achievement in anyone's book.

Those differences you mentioned in the comic? It made me ask the old man, and the answer I got back was that it's a relief to know your kid is adapting to an ever-changing world, and becoming their own person. A Gardener enjoys watching his flowers bloom- that's the reward, a job well done. He doesn't waste his time wishing he had the same colour petals.

I think that comic would have made any Father proud.

ztoicalztoical on March 4th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Your post yesterday made me think of my dad who I lost just over 2 years ago....reading it made me cry but it really was that good kind of cry. This comic is really making me think of all the good memories - thank you.