On Joy and Kindness

The past several years I’ve posted a New Year cartoon featuring a pair of characters I’ve been working on for years. I call it Two Unlikely Friends. Last year I posted one here about losing and finding one’s mojo.

This may be nothing more than musings, but I enjoy creating them and folks seem to like to see them.

This year I was thinking how abrasive last year was. It seemed we were pushed and scraped at every turn. There seemed to be a lot of humanity missing. Even for a rabbit and a wolf.

I shared this particular strip on my website and Facebook on New Year’s Day. Jill thought it might fit here, too. And I am thrilled to share it. It speaks to something I’ve been thinking about for a while. We desperately need more kindness and caring and hopefulness. Can I include those things in my work? In my stories and illustrations?  Would that mean I change the kind of book I write? I don’t know. Probably not. The last thing I want to do is to pepper my work with preachy or moralistic messages…But it would be great if there was an underlying feeling of hopefulness or happiness with what I make. Or a sense of joy and kindness. Let’s see if I can work that in…

 

 

Chalk art by Stacie Gilkeson, outside of Off The Walls Gallery in Shelton.

Here’s to a much less ragged and jagged 2018. Starting riiiiiiiiiiiiight…..NOW!

-kevan

57 Comments:

  1. Amen. This was adorable. Thanks

  2. Ooh the slug’s face in the first panel! Priceless!

    Here’s to kindness and love.

  3. Beautiful.

  4. Nice!

  5. I try to incorporate some aspect of kindness into everything I write, even if it’s just a tiny bit. Definitely don’t change your style, Kevan. Your books bring joy to kids and adults. That’s a kindness too.

  6. Thank you, Kevan for warming my heart with these characters, rabbit and wolf.

    Peace, love, and kindness.

  7. Always a great message to be reminded of.

  8. So simple and sweet. Thanks for spreading more love!

  9. Yup. We can all do a little more each day.

  10. Thank you for your beautiful words. I don’t think you or any writer needs to change as long as the writing is from the heart. I pray that this year is much kinder than the past 18 months.

  11. Cute, sweet and hopefully true.

  12. You said it, Kevin – in words and pictures!
    Thank you for that.
    And, congrats on your sale to Holiday House!

  13. An inspiring cartoon. May it be so.
    Happy New Year to you all.
    Sue

  14. Hopefully, kindness and will resonate throughout our work and inspire others.

  15. Onward and upward, Kevan. You’re showing us the way!

    Many thanks for your musings.

  16. Thanks, Kevan!! I agree–kindness may seem small, but it has a contagious, ripple effect. <3

  17. Kevan, I’m all for more kindness . . . and less foul language. Thank you for sharing!

  18. jillsbooks@netins.net

    Just lovely, Kevan. I’ll come back to it frequently. 😉

  19. Well said, Kevan. Planning to come back to this often….

  20. This is why we love you and your work, Kevan 🙂

  21. Adorable!

  22. Thank you, Kevan. I love those hopeful expressions on their faces in the last frame.

  23. Maybe it should. Maybe it will. Maybe is hopeful. ❤
    Thank you for being a bright spot….

  24. Your cartoon makes me feel hopeful.

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