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Patrick Yurick
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Check out the new Hipster Picnic online store. Fully functional with new and improved interface. WHOO!!

http://hipster-picnic.com/store/
At the Hipster Picnic comic book store you'll find mini-comics and other unpublished work that is for sale (or even free!) Click here to check it out!
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I am actually nervous to show this part of the comic to the world. It is definitely my most ambitious sequence to date. Hopefully it works. This took me the last week and a half to work on. Eleven whole pages! And they all had to be presented together. They just had to.

Ack!

Let me know what you think.

http://hipster-picnic.com/comic/the-real-problem/
"The Real Problem" Hawk has a psychological breakdown and finds out that being a zombie is a choice.
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I don’t know what is more disturbing – me putting, on display, a very private moment revealing the aftermath of an addiction rattled feeding frenzy or showing one of my comic characters laying on the ground surrounded by human body-parts in a Dahmer-esque edifice. This is definitely one of the most brutal pages I have ever constructed, and I will understand if it makes some of you turn away in disgust.

http://hipster-picnic.com/comic/gorge/
"Gorge." Hawk deals with his sadness by filling himself on human flesh, but it really doesn't help.
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That moment that you just give up. Not in the meta-sense of giving up on life or whatever. I am talking about the moment in an argument where you just want it done. You are defeated. It is a split second where you are face to face with escalation or de-escalation and you aren’t sure what to do next, because there really isn’t anything else to do.

You have made your point and now it is time to concede defeat, because there is no way you are getting what you want. Not in this moment. You realize that there’s no point to anything you’re saying, and in fact you’ve probably been spitting out angry gibberish in all of the preceding moments in a way to stave off concession of the skirmish.

Doesn’t matter though, because in the end it was all worth it. It was worth you making your point known and fighting for what you believe in. You were the one who was, in the end, right. It doesn’t matter what you lose in the process of that pursuit.

You were right, and that’s all that matters.

Right?

But you can’t win, so now is the time to throw in the towel and get some distance from everything. This is why boxing matches have bells. We all need a break. Now is time for you and your opponent to retire to your corners and reflect. She’ll be back, and when she comes she’ll have realized just how right you are. Give her time to cool off. You fought well.

Right?

http://hipster-picnic.com/comic/fine-go/
"Fine. Go." Hawk will not let Girl go, but what choice does he have? Really?
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This Hangout On Air is hosted by Patrick Yurick. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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I just SLAVED over this - @Making_Comics better love me for life.
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For whatever reason this page took twice as long as it needed to. I think it had mostly to do with the colors and layout I wanted. I absolutely loved the page prior to this one and put a lot of pressure to make this one as good.

This page/sequence in-and-of-itself is a great example of a last minute rewrite. Originally I was going to have a realistic looking Hawk talk to Hawk along with his zombie-self. I realized, during the barf sequence, that Hawk’s realistic self is actually his reflection. His zombie.

Or is it?

What is real? I am hoping to explore a little bit of that in the next couple pages. Hopefully Hawk learns something. Hopefully I learn something.

http://hipster-picnic.com/comic/good-question/ 
"Good Question" - Hawk is confronted with himself, and it isn't what he expected.
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Has anyone else been listening to the “Hipster Picnic Soundtrack” I have been constructing strip-by-strip? We are 36 songs deep and this soundtrack is going strong! 

(Sorry Chris​ for the the RENT soundtrack inclusion – it just fit.) 

The idea of matching each individual scene up with a song has been really fun. Sometimes I want to blow it off, but days like today (where I am listening to old Alien Ant Farm songs) I am totally pleased with the construction of the soundtrack. Check it out for yourself. I have it available on Spotify AND on youtube.

This page also took a while because I finally wanted to share the process I am constructing Hipster Picnic pages with, step by step. I sometimes am going to gloss over the specific steps in each section of the process. If anyone is interested in getting more details on how certain things are done let me know in the comments. Check the walkthrough out below.

http://hipster-picnic.com/comic/hmpf/
"Hmpf." Girl leaves and Hawk deals with his anger by ripping up his dreams.
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Until very recently I never thought much about how my angry outbursts are counter-functional. I just blocked those moments out of my memories, as if it never happened due to the shame of their existence. I know that I do get angry. I know that I have outbursts of anger sometimes, but I tend to forget about them.

Maybe I am ashamed of my own anger and my lack of control when I have outbursts. I wonder if all people who have anger “issues” (whatever that means) have a hard time, like I do, reflecting on the anger itself.

What can be accomplished from a place of anger? Not a lot. At least not in my experience. In my experience, dealing with my own anger as well as teaching and working with students, angry outbursts are intended to display some sort of confidence. Confidence is the intention of angry outbursts – to display strength in the face of adversity. Why, then, do you think that angry outbursts often result in the person coming off more like a temper-tantruming child who skipped their nap time rather than that of a shaolin monk?

It all has to do with control. See, when someone is confident they are calm. They are as cool as the Fonz. When someone is angry, you instantly know that they are backed into a corner and they are defending themselves. Fight not flight. But this kind of outburst is a last resort option. It is the opposite of confidence.

As I am working on Hipster Picnic I am forcing myself to examine the ugly bits of my own life very closely. Angry outbursts at the people I love are a part of them. Mind you that Hawk is a very concentrated version of myself created under the very critical eye of my inner self-loathing artist (at least that is what I am telling myself).

I’m hoping that, at the end of all of this microscopic self-reflection, that I arrive at some answers for myself and. maybe more importantly, for you the reader. I have some ideas about that. I kind of need to, otherwise this story will kind of suck.

-Patrick

http://hipster-picnic.com/comic/this-is-not-happening/
"This Is Not Happening" - Hawk, feeling cornered, lashes out at girl after she decides to break up with him.
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Art Instructor / Small Press Comic Publisher
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  • Making Comics
    CEO, 2013 - present
  • High Tech High Chula Vista
    Multimedia Art Instructor, 2008 - present
  • Little Fish Comic Book Studio
    Founder/Owner, 2012 - 2013
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San Diego
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Farmington NH - Boston MA - Lincolnville Maine
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Patrick Yurick

www.MakingComics.com - CEO
theheadcomic.com - My online portfolio
High Tech High Graduate School of Education - Lead MOOC Designer/Instructor
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Founded the High Tech High Graphic Novel Project, Little Fish Comic Book Studio, and Making Comics Worldwide
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  • Plymouth State University
    Master Of Arts in Teaching, 2006 - 2008
  • New England Institute of Art
    BS in Graphic Design, 2002 - 2005
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MisterY, Yurick, Patrick