Life, Love, Comics and WIP
by Migs Acabado
It’s so nice to have someone who can share your hobbies or your passion with. Especially if that someone is the love of your life. Imagine going to a comic convention together or attending Free Comic Book Day together. I don't think anything is more satisfying than that.
I always have this fantasy of meeting my dream girl on a comic book shop. I know it’s kind of cheesy but it would be nice if you meet the love of your life in a place you both like going to. It would also be fun when you share the books that you are reading or who your favorite comic book characters are.
What I will be sharing with you is a comic book with the same story as that fantasy that has helped me overcome problems in life.
It was Komikon 2011 when my youngest brother told me what comic book he wanted to read. He showed me this local comic book from the Komikon pamphlet, entitled WIP or Work In Progress. It originally started out as a webcomic. I found the synopsis interesting, so I went on to hunt the comic book.
This comic book is about a fanboy named Eli meeting the girl of his dreams in his favorite place, his local comic shop. Eli had a hard time adjusting to the real world when he graduated college, missing his old life and not ready to embrace reality. Eli and his college buddies used to make comics together, but they stopped because their last work didn’t do very well and life happened. Eli also has feelings for his friend, but he got friendzoned, which was a wakeup call for Eli to move on and embrace the reality. One fateful day, he visits his favorite comic book shop, where he met his dream girl, Kaitlyn, whom he eventually becomes close with. After Kaitlyn registers Eli and his friends for a contest at Komikon, Eli manages to convince his friends to make comics once again. But as they approached the event, Eli learns Kaitlyn already has a boyfriend, getting friendzoned and having his heart crushed once again.
I got the first 3 volumes of this comic book during Komikon 2011 and got the final volume the year after. I thought it was just your typical Rom-Com comics, but I was wrong. The storytelling was superb and the art looked great. Writer Hub Pacheco was able to deliver the story in a natural way. He didn’t exaggerate it or he didn’t go over the top, really making you feel you are reading a fanboy’s life story, Artist Ted Pavon crafted the art that fit the story. This comic is wonderfully drawn. The facial expressions of the characters look fantastic.
This comic book will always have a special place in my heart because I can relate to some things that happened to Eli. After graduating college, I also had a hard time adjusting to my new life. I missed my college buddies and my school a lot. I spend most of the money that I earned on comics, and I want to make my own comic book as well. Lastly, I also got friendzoned more than once. I once lent the comic book to a friend and she said to me: “Am I reading your life? Because the main character is so you.” There are also your friends who stick with you no matter what crazy situation you have entered. I may repeat the same mistake all over and over again, but they are still there for me when I needed them.
Despite those bad things that happened, one thing that I learned from this book is to never give up on your dreams. You may be down today, but it's not the end of the world for you. The girl that you like may never like you the same way, but you just need to keep going with your life. You can go emo all you want or drink as much as you want to. But when the chaos is over, prepare for your comeback and make that dream come true. Whatever negative things life throws at you, your hobby can also help you recover. In my case, reading comic books help me get over those things.
We may never get the girl of our dreams from the comic book shop, but if there is a girl who likes you and has accepted who you are, then I guess that can be your dream girl since she supports you and your hobbies. We’ll never know what life has in store for us but we should always remember to enjoy life, love, and comic books.