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Discover the process of creating Jetlagged-comics – Part 2 | WOC

Discover the process of creating Jetlagged-comics – Part 2 | WOC

It’s Sunday and as promised we bring to you the second part of our interview with Kelly from Jetlagged-comics. Kelly’s comics give us a sneak peak into sometimes upside-down lives of flight attendants. While they are kind of informative for non-crew, they are amazingly relatable for all flight attendants. In today’s blog, we will find out more about the process of creating every flight attendant’s favorite Jetlagged comics.

Tell us a bit about the process of creating Jetlagged-comics?

It used to take me ten hours to finish a cartoon. In Anchorage, we lived in a studio and the closet was literally my office. It was a tight fit.  If I bent too far left I’d burn my ear on a hot water pipe. Since then the scenery has changed and the cartooning process is much more efficient. It now takes me about an hour to finish a cartoon. We live in a house in Seattle near the airport. Our office is where I do half my work. The rest is either on a layover or a sit when I fly day turns.

My cartoons start out ugly. You’d think a deranged monkey got a hold of my sketch book. At this stage the idea is more important than aesthetics anyway. The best ideas come at the worst times, like when I’m in the shower or trying to sleep. But write them down I must, otherwise they are sucked into the black hole of irretrievable gags. I’m sure other cartoonists have lost world altering cartoon ideas to this same black hole.


​First stage: A quick sketch in my sketch book

Once an idea is sketched, the caption is then rewritten about a dozen times. This agony can continue for days, weeks, or months. After the pain and suffering are no longer bearable, I decide on a caption. The next step is sketching it out on a nice piece of paper. I use a non-scanning blue pencil for the sketch, then follow up with Faber-Castell ink pens. Once scanned on the computer, the cartoon graduates to a second level of brutalization.


​Second stage: pencil and ink.

I use Photoshop and a Wacom bamboo drawing tablet to make adjustments and add color. My system is simple, and better yet, mobile. I divide sketching and coloring between home and sits during day turns. I get more done when I’m sitting between flights at some random airport, so that’s where most of the work gets done these days.


​Last stage: scanned and colored.

Where to find Jetlagged comics


Comic collection: Airplane Mode

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Often when we look at sculptures or paintings in museums we appreciate them as work of art & discuss the creativity and work that must have gone behind each piece, but when we see a comic in a newspaper or online, we laugh, we think of how funny it is, but often ignore the sheer amount of creativity, patience and hardwork that is required to create them. Reading about the process of creating a single piece of comic by Kelly reminded us of that. And, made us appreciate the art of comic making a lot more.

Next week, our readers will get a chance to know more about Kelly; the creator of Jetlagged comic herself. So stay tuned!

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