You seriously are amazing. Don't ever let anyone doubt you not even yourself. :)
man, even when the comics suck (which they don't), they still look very good. ;)keep it up!
It seems you can also be a wise man Alex! I like this story :)
Really amazing.. Love your comics
Wow wow wow!
I loved this,I just thought you should know.
don't doubt yourself. look, you just started to save these as gif. that's cool because you finally understood that jpg sucks. keep it up and you'll eventually find that png is the king of image formats. you should make a comic about that, i won't take any credit i promise.
You summed up my life 'till the 14th frame!And keep it up: your work is amazing. I'm a very big fan. Greetings from Brazil :D
haetrs guna haet. thems dunno no betr. evry tiem you keep been awesum a haetr shuts up. keep goin budee.
I don't know why it reminded me of a Paul Simon song: I Am a RockA winter's dayIn a deep and dark December;I am alone,Gazing from my window to the streets belowOn a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.I am a rock,I am an island.I've built walls,A fortress deep and mighty,That none may penetrate.I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.I am a rock,I am an island.Don't talk of love,But I've heard the words before;It's sleeping in my memory.I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.If I never loved I never would have cried.I am a rock,I am an island.I have my booksAnd my poetry to protect me;I am shielded in my armor,Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.I touch no one and no one touches me.I am a rock,I am an island.And a rock feels no pain;And an island never cries.-- song is beautiful, and so are your comics.
I've discovered (and I'm MUCH older than you are!) that I can count the really good and loyal friends in my life on the fingers of one hand and still have a finger or 2 left over. If someone becomes toxic to you, you don't need him/her in your life. If they elevate you, they're a keeper. Remember, though, this goes both ways. BTW, love your comics! Don't be afraid of failure. We learn as much from our mistakes as our successes. Geez, I sound like Yoda, I do.
Friends who hurt you are not friends... you should leave those people aside! Finding a *true* friend is an incredibly difficult task, but it's rewarding when it happens. and it *will* happen, don't worry :)...oh, and your comics do *not* suck!! :D
You are awesome! The friends you have and the friends you'll make will surely see that! We can't control the ones that don't work out so we move on and thank them for the memories!
wow, I just went through a similar process a couple of years ago and I'm actually trying to overcome that catatonic state where you just freeze in front of every difficult situation you face... It's hard, but the good thing is that I'm aware of everything said in this comic and I (kinda) know what needs to be done... I feel deeply related with this comic... (Oh, and btw, all your comics are awesome :D)
Nice! And just little like me
lindo, muito lindo, parabéns!
Great comic and great insight! I tend to feel the same way about friends as well. It's hard, but it's worth it, too. I went through most of my life without many friends at all because it freaks me out, but I've begun to branch out and it's much better.Thank you for sharing!
I'm glad you're back.
lot of deep feelings for a comic.Love it.
Great to see you back on line! So sweet of you to share a piece of your real self with all of us strangers online. I think you're ready to start walking around all those imaginary pot holes of friendship! :)
I liked it very much, I agree with you in almost everything.
Alex, just want to say that I've been through the same kind of experience, and I came up with the same conclusion like the one at the end of this comic. But for me, there's something more, and I'd like to share with you here. I think a good friendship requires the effort from both sides, so one should keep trying if he/she still wish to keep the friendship, but sometimes one also have to accept the facts if it is clear that some friends can no longer be as close as they used to be. After all, friendship does change, and can become disappointing as time goes by, just like all the other kinds of the relationships in the word.I'm an introvert, and I've learned that for the introvert it is more important to connect to a few people "in depth" than connect to a lot of people, but only "superficially". Therefore, it must hurt more when they lose a very good friend, someone they really feel close to and can talk about anything with. (OK, I'm saying this because I guess that you are probably an introvert, too. :-P)
Thank you for this. It made me recognize these same patterns and ways of thinking in my own life that might have taken me a lot longer to identify on my own.
Awesome! Keep it up!
This comic is so beautiful because I can relate to the struggles that you talk about here. I, too, am not the most social person in the world, and while I know there's nothing wrong with that, there are times when I think otherwise.As an artist, I know how you feel. Being an artist is hard, and I think it's because when we draw, it's like a form of escape from the difficulties of the real world. But that escape can easily feel like a jail cell to us when we bog ourselves down with perfectionism. We have to remind ourselves that it's okay to fail sometimes because those failures are one of the reasons that we've come this far. Never stop drawing, Alex. You are amazing!
I am in the precise same state as you are!!!! I didn't think about it the way you did but mmmm... the way you put it is very interesting. I was thinking more in the lines of "we are all in the worst of times so is all about survival and loneliness".I think about creativity the same way too and I too have a very dark way of hopping for the best i.e. I never do. However, when it comes to friendship... I realized that most people need friends to feel accepted, part of something, to not feel inferior... they don't really need friends, they just need people around who makes them feel powerful, in control, right. I guess that's why if you do something well enough, people are going to despise you for no reason (specially in Spain). If you attempt to be a little independent, people are going to despise you because it means breaking the social contract in Spain. So in the end, most people are terrible, mediocre, afraid and hostile pieces of shit, that's the truth. I guess it takes thirty something years to realize that (I am 32) but hey, that's no reason to stop trying and loving.
Love this so much.
I love this comic.
The other problem with friends is they take time away from MAKING COMICS! OK, just kidding. Nice work. Way to be honest and bring out the emotions with the images. You've got wicked style.Eat The Babies!
I admire your courage to show everybody what you're feeling through your comics, I wish I had the nerves too.
Loved it immensely, I re-read it several times over and I couldn't help but cry. I could relate to every comic strip and every line you have written.This has been such a breather, I am myself going through a similar phase and this post of your's will help me introspect a lot.Thanks again, Much Love and God Bless :)
Also yes, I forgot to mention, I am an artist myself and more or less withdrawn from the social world. I feel lonely but I also don't like being around people too much. This tug-of-war has been giving me lot of trouble...its also affecting my work per se...Being an artist is something one doesn't chooses to be but I feel one just is...its eccentricity is baffling yet very comforting only the person can feel.I have been reading your stuff a lot and its very inspiring :)Keep up the good work!Cheers!
The way you open up and just lay yourself bare out there with your comics is very brave. It makes it very easy to empathise with you. I wish for you to remind yourself of some of your comics, which, you drew so that you don't forget the things you have learned over the years. One of those says something about "sometimes quitting is the bravest thing to do", this goes for you too. Friendship is something that works both ways. If you were under the impression that someone was a really good friend of yours and they let you down then talk to them and tell them how you feel. (If you have to, through a comic) If they then continue to disappoint then it is their choice to leave such a brilliant mind alone. One thing I have recently learned is that you do need to think about yourself every once and a while. Do what you like. Live your life the way you like it (alone) and learn to give yourself a break every once and a while.We don't expect perfection every comic, we only expect honesty. I hope you will not put too much of your effort into trying to make friends not hurt you or leave. They shouldn't do that in the first place.
Creo que me voy a esforzar en romper con esas barreras, el dolor es natural.Espero no estar sacando las mismas cuentas a los 30.¡Gracias por estos cómics!
I am in the same situation since 2 years ago, my friends kind of ignore me when I was feeling so down and that turned into something so bad, I just don't talk to them anymore, I can't get it over, and I understand pretty much what you have written/drawn, not only the painful part, also the healing process and how insecure you become about friends and people, general speaking. But I have tried to get new influences and to get away from the sad thoughts that bring me their memories, still hurts, I won't lie, but it is true, we have to give our best, even if we thinl we are not going to succed, someone said, "not being loved is just a misfortune, the real disgrace is not knowing how to love"...
Yeah , dude!
Hey Alex, I just wanted to let you know that your comic (this one and many many others) have reached me in ways that not a lot of things have in many many years.I guess I am trying to say that you, wherever you are, are making a difference in my life, wherever I am.Thank you.
http://mhpronk.blogspot.nl/2011/02/100-things-arent-you-mister-sunshine.htmlSorry for the shameless advertising of my own blog, but your comic of today really reminded me of why I made this cartoon.Oh, and I should also let you know that your comics don't suck :)
this is exactly how i'm feeling lately, thank you, my friend.
I know how you feel.
you are a wise man. i love the way you write and draw it. keep spirit alex :)
I say the best thing to do is not to let other people get to you.
This is brilliant. It connects to me in so many ways. Love it.
I love it. :)
Clever cartoonish glimpse of companionship. Yes, it's worth it.Glad I stopped by to see S.N.O.T. Cute.
Thirty is nothing. :)I'm close to forty and I'm still trying to figure out how this thing called life works. I think part of growing up is learning to accept your own imperfections and also the imperfections of the other people you meet and choose to keep in your life.People will come into and out of your life, sometimes under happy circumstances, sometimes under unhappy ones - just as you yourself will pass into and out of the lives of others. That's all part of life. We try to make the unhappy passages less so by being nice.You have a vision, a gift of touching people's lives with your work, and that's something precious. But more than that, your work wants to come out of you. It needs to. Sometimes being happy is simply being able to do that which you know you are good at, to the best of your ability. (But sometimes that results in serial murderers...)Life, your relationships, your work... they probably are all not going to be perfect. Maybe that's why they are so precious - we have to work at them. Maybe that's why we appreciate the good moments, the master-pieces that we can be proud of, and the people whom we know can truly share in that joy.I'm very happy to see you are back. Really.
Hang in there Alex. I just had a baby and it's amazing how your childless friends suddenly make you feel like a leper. It helped me to try to find friends with kids and reconnect with my parent friends. Not exactly your same situation. Sometimes relationships wax and wane, change and go in different directions. It's a part of life. I love your comics and share them often.
Your honesty is inspiring!
Thanks, man. This comic was spot on.
Thank you, I have needed someone to remind me of that for the last few weeks.
Maybe your friends feel the same way. I my experience, people get hurt or have some troubles of their own, no one wants to talk about it, time passes and people grow apart.
Hay que ser imbécil del culo para no cogerle el teléfono a Alex Noriega. He dicho.Unas viñetas preciosas, Mr. Noriega, as always. Me he quedado prendado de la tercera, más concretamente :)
You are my blessing friend! So cool Alex :)
Hacía mucho no me sentía tan identificada... Te quedó preciosa. Muchas gracias por compartirla! :3
Hacía demasiado no me sentía tan identificada. Te quedó preciosa la tira. Gracias por compartirla con nosotros! :3
Huh? No "and then I realized that I'M my best friend" ending?
Well, this comic doesn't suck at all...I love its straightforward style, its profoundness, and especially the end. In the next-to-last panels, you sound totally desperate, but then, you pluck up courage again. This was awesomely inspiring for me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Sometimes I was also sad for losing friends,but I knew I would get new and more friends in future, as always:)
This relate-able to so many people. Thank you for trusting us with your feelings here.
I can relate.
You are so right. If you do your best, you can always be proud of yourself. And the friends you loose, might not be the great friends you thought they were - hang on to the ones that are and spend your time and energy on them. You're awesome for making a comic about this :)
i really relate to this, it made me feel a lot better because im in the same situation right now :)
Gracias.Qué bello encontrarse con alguien con quien te puedas identificar y que sobre eso además sea una inspiración
I thought you could be interested in this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4There's nothing wrong with being an introvert, it's just another way to live your life and relating to people. I agree with Xiaoting Wu's comment.
I love this so much! I could have written it myself. Thanks for sharing your brilliant art and mind :)
I'm thankful I found this. :)
I love it so much. In a few days I turn 30 and this is all my story too. I think the worst too. But for me comics is writing :)Sigh you said it all. AWESOME.
Loved reading this. Describes me at the mo to a t. Scared of re-engaging with life, with people, as I'm afraid of being hurt. But at the same time, the loneliness and isolation hurts too, perhaps more so. Anyway, great stuff. Will make a point of checking out your blog regularly.