Getting by with a little help from your friends

Hey again interpeople.

Since my last post I had the pleasure of taking a little jaunt up to the ‘dear green place’ (Glasgow) and attended the first birthday party for Glasgow League of Writers (GLoW).  It was an absolute blast and on top of uniting many of the talented creators and friends who make up the group we even had a cake with our logo on it; Marvellous!  It has been an exciting year, both for the group and many of its individual members, and here’s hoping that the next 12 months bring even more to celebrate on GLoW’s 2nd birthday! 

A big thanks to Nicole O’Hara of Two Tiers Cakes for making the little beauty seen above!

One of the most positive things about being a part of GLoW is the support and encouragement that all of the group’s members give to one another.  Be it someone submitting their first few pages or the most accomplished amongst us looking for feedback on a new project; everyone can rely on the advice and observations of their fellow ‘GLoWbies’ to help shape and improve their work.

But there is more to it than that.  When I first joined GLoW to say I wasn’t in a very good place would be a massive understatement.  I was overcoming some tricky personal issues with the help of my wonderful wife and excellent doctor.  But it probably wasn’t until I recently moved away from Glasgow, becoming a ‘long-distance’ GLoW member, that I realised quite how important the camaraderie, beyond just the critique of scripts, meant to me.

The gals and guys from GLoW are both my peers and my friends, and I’m very grateful to all of them for the help, however inadvertent is was, in assisting my recovery.  And that is an important thing; I wasn’t open about my personal struggles at the time.  I wasn’t sure how people would react, I didn’t know if I’d be accepted or not.  I know now it wouldn’t have made a blind bit of difference, but that fear held me back.

One of the ways I know for certain the other GLoW members wouldn’t have given a hoot about my problems is due to their reactions to the new webcomic that my close friend and GLoWbie Garry McLaughlin has started.  As a way of helping himself deal with his diagnosis of anxiety he launched ‘Suddenly ‘Something Really Interesting: Journeys through medicated reality’.  On the page Garry shares his feelings and thoughts, talking openly about his issues in the process, and being a talented artist this is done in a different (and often very funny) way.

Despite having started relatively recently Garry has already put out 21 strips and had a huge number of views, and I would advise everyone reading this who hasn’t already done so to head across now and see what all the buzz is about.

And one last thing; whilst begging around my artist friends for sketches for this blog at GLoW’s 1st birthday I managed to find myself the recipient of an exclusive portrait sketch by none other that writer extraordinaire John Lees, who’s comic ‘The Standard’ I had waxed lyrical about last post.  So enjoy this rare collectors item!

Till next time laddies and gentlegirls.

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About samuelread

Writer, primarily for comics ('Find' & 'Exit Generation' with ComixTribe). I blog about comics; my own, other peoples & all others in-between. Come say hello! View all posts by samuelread

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