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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At the Hipster Picnic comic book store you'll find mini-comics and other unpublished work that is for sale (or even free!)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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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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Huge Hipster Picnic by Patrick Yurick​ update. 5 new pages all in one post!

Dreaming up different ways for moments to have visual impact as well as emotional is all I am doing these days. It has a toll. This auto-biographical comic is forcing me to relive parts of my life in with far more detail and thoroughness than I would have guessed when starting this comic.

When I am writing Girl’s speech about breaking up with Hawk: Is that the way she would decide to end things? Does this live up to my own experience with being broken-up with?

When Hawk looks dumbfounded as the realization his world is, again, shattering – does his facial expression convey the lightening storm of emotions that are firing like pistons inside of his brain? (That have fired in mine).

Am I accurately showing the journey between sincere disbelief and complete rage? (A journey I have taken far too many times in my own life).

I have been asking myself all of this over the hours I work on this entry. I asked it as I penciled the pages, inked them, water-colored the shadows, colored the pages, lettered, etc. In the end I don’t know if I actually was successful in realizing the emotional weight needed to show here, but I can tell you – the art is done. I am in pain from reading and producing the page. This is the best job I could do and I need to move on.

Is that how art works?

June is slated to be the month of Hipster Picnic, and it is already starting off with a big bang. I have a lot more artwork coming. Some of you may have noticed that I have given up on regular entries and now am shooting towards loose goals. Twice a week, maybe more.

My biggest goal: make this comic awesome.

-Patrick

http://hipster-picnic.com/comic/really-is-terrible/
"Really Is Terrible" This is an explosive turning point in Hipster Picnic as Girl breaks up with Hawk - literally shattering his world.
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"The Proposal (Part 2)" - Hawk actually proposes, but it isn't what you think.
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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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Great work +Marisa Brenizer ! Keep up the good work. 

I know +Deborah Yurick will enjoy having this kind of video on hand.
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Interestingly, I was on a trip this past week – to Barcelona! It was amazing and has nothing to do with this strip. I will say that some big, crazy stuff, will be posted in the next page. I am hoping to dive a bit down the rabbit hole with the new stuff coming from Hipster Picnic. Are you ready for the slow ride?

http://hipster-picnic.com/comic/going-on-a-trip/
"Going On A Trip?" Hawk's proposal is not going over as planned.
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So, yeah, Hipster Picnic is more than slightly autobiographical. You know, except for the whole post-apocalyptic cartoon zombie San Diego landscape thing and this scene. Why is Hawk getting down on one knee? Doesn’t he understand that there are only two things that this gesture can mean?

A man getting down on one knee can mean is that he is about to ask a girl to marry him is the most unoriginal way possible to propose. If this is Hawk’s intent (and we will find out on the next page) this is the most un-autobiographical element of the entire comic. Even if I was going to propose, there is no way I would do it by getting down on one knee. I am a cat who prefer’s a bit more originality than that.

(Here's some proof: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing on dudes who get down on a knee. Hey man, a gesture is a gesture – it’s just that one isn’t for me. Mostly I am saying that if this is a marriage proposal by Hawk to Girl, it is a major departure from autobiography. I am going to have words with the writer.

Oh… Wait.

Then again, maybe this isn’t a proposal. Maybe Hawk is going to ask something idiotic. Who knows? (I do, but that isn’t the point). If the case is that Hawk is about to ask something idiotic, it can only mean two things: 1) Hawk is a moron or 2) Hawk IS A TERRIBLE PERSON. Hawk would be a moron for not knowing the panic presented when a man symbolically gets down on a knee to ask a question or Hawk is a terrible person because he knows it will panic Girl and HE DOES IT ANYWAY.

Again, I am not this dumb or terrible. Hawk may actually be. Guess we will have to find out on the next page.

-Patrick


http://hipster-picnic.com/comic/the-proposal-part-1/
"The Proposal (Part 1)" Hawk has an important question for Girl, one that involves a bended knee.
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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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www.makingcomics.com
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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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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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Farmington NH - Boston MA - Lincolnville Maine