Tuesday, July 31, 2012

True Dad Stories 6


The image above is a small watercolor of Gravagna. I gave the original as a wedding gift for my friends Federica and Stephano who were married this past weekend in Gravagna. In a village this small a wedding is a particularly grand occasion. The last wedding here was ten years ago.

And while we're on the subject of husbands and wives, here is a small True Dad Story about a chance conversation on a train...

This comic is a bit lumpy, I know. It reads like the opening to a longer story and then sort of drops off.

Journal comics, or autobiographical comics, are a challenge to write. Do you err on the side of the "punch line" or on the side of strict adherence to the truth? The conversation above took place in Italian, a secondary language for both myself and the man I was speaking with. I almost didn't post this comic because it was difficult to get "right" (and I'm still not sure I did), but I figured when someone sees all your kids and assumes that you might have two or more (simultaneous) wives, well, that's a True Dad Story if ever there was one...

9 comments:

advenus said...

I love the watercolor! And I think the True Dad Story works just fine too. But I would also love to hear the rest of the conversation… (if there is more)

Tim Canny said...

The fourth panel is perfect and it's even possible you could have ended it there, but I think the further explication in the following panels helps in resolving the mystery of what your new friend was getting at. This one also captures that "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore" feeling that kind of sneaks up on you when you travel abroad.

Ben Hatke said...

Good calls, Tim. The other part I thought about fitting in was how an Italian man nearby laughed when I mentioned how much work ONE wife was. He obviously knew a bit about marriage.

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Gorgeous watercolor, and I think the comic is just right. Count me in as a new fan :)

Ben Hatke said...

Oh I'll count you. I'll count you...

!!

Ben Hatke said...

And thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth Rose Stanton.

Dessi said...

LOL...my husband loved it!!! I guess we will become coming reading family:))

annemcd said...

"That sounds.....exausting" - that's perfect.

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