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 When Are You Going to Get a Proper Job?

When Are You Going to Get a Proper Job?

Parenting and the Creative Muse

Richy K. Chandler, illustrated by Richy K. Chandler

Quick Overview

As a parent and graphic artist, Tariq finds himself stuck in a cycle of guilt, torn between quality time with his family and creative time in the studio. This beautifully illustrated comic humorously and helpfully looks at how to keep your creative muse happy while fulfilling the other important roles in your life.
Published by Singing Dragon
Details Price Qty
Hardback
2017, 5.12in x 7.09in / 130mm x 180mm, 112pp
ISBN: 978-1-84819-324-6
£11.99

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Description

"Drawing pictures all day. Nice work if you can get it, eh? I suppose you haven't had so much time to focus on a proper career..."

This witty, insightful graphic novel explores the challenges faced by artists in today's society, through the life of a comics creator named Tariq. Creative block is the least of Tariq's worries, as he struggles to be a `good enough' father while pursuing a career that is underpaid and underappreciated. Swapping notes with other parents in creative professions, and driven by his artistic muse, Tariq maps out a plan for making his art and his other responsibilities work together in harmony - most of the time.

Reviews

'Takes on the tricky mix of deep love and deep frustration that come with balancing two labors of love ... This is required reading for any parenting artist who's in the thick of it.'
- Cultural ReProducers

'Funny, informative and insightful. In an era of zero hours contracts, a must read for anyone interested in how artists juggle their work / life balance and manage to come out smiling...'
- Alex Fitch, Broadcast Journalist, Presenter of Panel Borders on Resonance FM

'All parents will be able to relate to the struggles of balancing work and family that are explored in this book. But it will be all the more poignant and helpful to those in the creative field. An honest, funny and informative guide to parenting and the creative muse.'
- Kripa Joshi, Illustrator and Comic Artist (Miss Moti)

'A witty yet poignant exploration of the challenges, frustrations and ultimate triumphs of juggling a creative career with the responsibilities of parenthood. An inspiring use of the form to communicate and share experience with an ever accessible and thoroughly engaging visual approach.'
- Andy Oliver, Editor-in-Chief, Broken Frontier

'When my son was born, I felt there was no one in my circle who understood the stresses I was having between creating art and parenting. Richy K. Chandler has articulated so many of my tensions and contradictory thoughts in his fantastic graphic novel.'
- Sarah Lightman: Artist, Eisner-winning author, Curator (Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women), Comics Scholar

Authors

By (author): Richy K. Chandler
Illustrated by: Richy K. Chandler