So, what is My Hippie Family, anyway? Well, it is an idea that has germinated in my head for several years. It actually started out as a website and a podcast with my family. Then, the website lay there, doing nothing while I went to college. Going to school and earning a degree while raising a family has been hard. Now that I’ve got my degree, Lee and I are working hard to move forward with our ideas about outdoor education. I’ve got very little time to work on things just for fun. But, that doesn’t stop me from trying.

Now, I’ve loved comics for as long as I can remember. I love doodling and I’ve always drawn, but I’ve never actually tried to put something tangible together. Without a decent writer, I was forced to come up with my own storyline for a comic. I would rather leave the writing up to someone with more talent. Alas, that never manifested, so I am learning as I go.

When I first got the idea for a comic, I wanted it to be full of superlatives, onomatopoeia, and action! The name would have to reflect that, too. This is how Super Fantastic Bang! Bang! Show was born. I wanted a strong female heroine who was kind, sensitive, and smart. Most of all, she had to be bad-ass! I also wanted her to have a sidekick: a dog with a secret past! The dog would help her out of jams, and she would be a bit of MacGyver meets Houdini. I named her Juanita, after my grandmother. The story starts in the middle of a dangerous adventure and goes immediately into a flashback to the events leading up to ‘Nita’s adventure. I’m still working on the ending and I’m enjoying the process.

My Hippie Family: I came up with a comic about a punk rock kid who is constantly embarrassed by his well-intentioned, loving, left-leaning family. I keep the comics short: one page, four panel strips that accompany the larger story I am telling in Super Fantastic Bang! Bang! Show (SFBBS). In fact, the two worlds merge at the end of SFBBS#1. Currently, SFBBS is about 75% written and penciled, and will be about 36 pages long. **Update: 13 pages inked!** When My Hippie Family was done, I printed up a limited number of copies and put them together myself as a zine. These are mini-comics, or zines as they’re called. Homemade, DIY, self-made comic books.

Eventually, SFBBS will be finished, and I will print it up in a small DIY comic book zine, as well. My Hippie Family will likely fit into that comic one page at a time, here and there throughout the book. It may also go up for sale on the website. For now, I am publishing My Hippie Family online as I ink it. It is an exercise in art and creativity and has been the most fun I’ve ever had drawing. I hope you enjoy it. ~J