17 posts tagged letters to an absent father
Mare Odomo has printed a new run for his endearing Letters to an Absent Father series, and has given the comic collection a new cover, which you can see above. It’s only $5 for the booklet, and another $5 if you want a custom drawing with it. Might as well get the $5 cartridge stickers with the Letters to an Absent Father label, too!
Some exciting news the Pokemon comic master revealed while announcing the reprint: he’s scripted a few more strips and says he’ll maybe make more comics. Mare also promises to put out an 8x8 print and comic soon.
“It’s going to be OK” by Maré Odomo, based on this touching Letters to an Absent Father strip.
You can get an exclusive 8”x10” print of this for $15 — in addition to buying an awesome piece of art, your money will go towards paying the medical bills for a hurt puppy.
Juniper, a precious little Chinese Crested dog owned by GoodGameGet’s Kyle Wallace and his girlfriend, fell and broke her front legs last December, requiring surgery that set them back $3,000. That kind of unexpected debt can be a lot for a young couple, so please kick them a few bucks to help them and poor Juniper out.
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New Letters to an Absent Father comic by Maré Odomo (click for a larger image). Maré made a new strip in his wonderful, kind of melancholy Pokémon comic series as a gift for Attract Mode.
Attract Mode proprietor Adam Robezzoli said that “He got some quality time observing [my son Dante] in his natural habitat, so I’m going to pretend that second panel is our father/son comic strip debut!”
So yes, it is possible for that comic to get cuter, and all it takes is reading one sentence.
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Sketch for an unused Letters To An Absent Father strip (click for a larger image). Mare Odomo explains why this wasn’t colored and released with the rest of the bunch:
“The third strip was an idea that never really panned out. Too wordy. And I felt like I was drawing Pikachu too much.
And I don’t know that Ash would write about catching any other Pokémon. Or he would write about them all. Anyway, it’s not up to me to decide who he would write about besides Pikachu.”
Letters To An Absent Father Mini-Comic, a collection of Mare Odomo’s 12 strips, including the print-only #9 comic. Man, this year has been great for indie video game zines / comics: Fort90Zine #3 (can’t wait to see it for sale online), .exp issue zero, EXP Book 1, Nintendo History System #1, and now this!
Anyway, Odomo is selling his mini-comic for just $3, with another $1 for shipping. If you pay an extra $2, he’ll even draw something quick for you inside or on the back!
“Pikachu! I Chose You” shirt design by Mare Odomo (click for a larger version). This tee, illustrated by the same bloke behind the Letters To An Absent Father series, will go on sale at upcoming Seattle-based shirt shop Lion’s Share Industries later this month.
[Update: Oops, I misspoke. As Odomo points out in the comments, while he is designing a shirt for Lion’s Share Industries, this image isn’t it!]
Pokemon Snap comic from Mare Odomo (click for a larger version). For those of you craving more of Odomo’s endearing Letters To An Absent Father strips, don’t expect many more (or any more, even) after the next one:
“I have at least one more idea for a Letters strip but I feel like it’s ended, you know? I never thought of it as a long-term thing. It started as one strip and then turned into four and somehow ended up as 12. I’m not very good at longer narratives. And not interested in the infinite storylines you find in a lot of webcomics. I like when something’s finished.”
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Letters To An Absent Father #12 (click for a larger image). I’m disappointed that artist Mare Odomo didn’t go with my suggestion for an “Against All Odds” strip, but I suppose this comic is meant to be all about disappointment.
Letters To An Absent Father #11 (click for a larger image). What do you do once you’ve accomplished everything you can think of to win the approval of a dad who isn’t there?
I went ahead and wrote a script idea for the next Letters To An Absent Father strip, just in case Mare Odomo is unsure where to take Ash Ketchum next (aside from Johto). Here’s how the next message to his dad would go:
“I wish I could just make you turn around,
turn around and see me cry.
There’s so much I need to say to you,
so many reasons why.
You’re the only one who really knew me at all.
So take a look at me now.
Well, there’s just an empty space.
And there’s nothing left here to remind me,
just the memory of your face.
Now take a look at me now,
‘cause there’s just an empty space.
But to wait for you is all I can do
and that’s what I’ve got to face.
Take a good look at me now,
‘cause I’ll still be standing here
And you coming back to me is against all odds.
It’s the chance I’ve gotta take.
Take a look at me now.”
Letters To An Absent Father #10, or “An Empty Chair At The Dinner Table” (click for a larger image).
Something I love so much about this series is that while it’s just a few panels and a smattering of text about a Pokemon trainer’s notes to his estranged father, you can imagine so many scenes and emotions that continue beyond Mare Odomo’s heartrending strips.
You can hear the silence in the dining room, interrupted by noises of Ash’s mother cooking dinner in the nearby kitchen — a wooden spoon knocking the insides of a pot as she stirs a redolent curry, her footsteps from the stove to the sink before she rinses her hands, and a grunt of effort as she lifts the pot to carry it to the dinner table.
You can see Ash squeezing his eyes shut and pretending to already be asleep later that night as his mom walks into his old bedroom to kiss her son goodnight on his forehead — another conversation on how they worry about each other now living on their own avoided.
And you can picture Ash not waiting until morning to leave, unable to sleep in a house that feels so empty. He walks on the dusty road from Pallet Town to Viridian City, everything else still quiet and asleep during the pre-dawn hours except for a few distant Hoothoots. He’s angry with himself for running out, for not even writing a note to lie about why he had to go. Most of all, he hates himself for realizing too late that you can go back home, but you can’t ever go back to the way it was.
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Strip #9 from Maré Odomo’s poignant Letters To An Absent Father series (click for a larger version).
While this never happened to me — I haven’t seen my own pops since I was three years old, so I hardly remember his face! — I imagine this is pretty common with kids whose parents have separated. Odomo explains how he drew from his own experiences to put together this comic:
“[The] first time this happened to me, that I can remember, was on the number 26 bus going from Wallingford to downtown Seattle. It was crowded. A people on their way to work. I was on my way to school and tired and listening to music or a podcast or trying to read a book.
Anyway, it was just some Asian guy.”
This reminds me of that recent Intervention episode with boxer Rocky Lockridge, in which one of his sons talks about looking over his shoulder at every black man that passes him, hoping it’s his father.
Enough of this depressing stuff! On to EXP:
Letters To An Absent Father #8: Ash asks for advice on women (click for a larger image). When you’re a kid and all you could ever want in the world is for a particular girl to like you, to obsess over you as much as you do her, not having a dad around to answer these kinds of questions just makes growing up harder than it already is. What are you supposed to do ? Ask your mom? Settle for the awful suggestions offered by your dimwitted friends?
So, how do you tell if a girl likes you? If only Ash had ever bothered to watch Eddie Izzard’s stand-up act, he would know an easy way to figure it out while in a lake like this: splash water at her, and see if she splashes back. Everyone knows splashy splashy is code for sexy sexy!