“Wendy,” a Punk-ish Comic About Art, 20-Somethings, and Personal Branding
If you’re 20-something, live in an urban city, and work in some kind of creative field, Wendy will be an embarrassingly true tale for most of you. Created by Walter Scott, the comic looks at the fictional life of Wendy, a 20-something artist living in Montreal as she tries to be a successful art writer. Unfortunately, her career never takes off the way she expects thanks to a string of perpetually bad decisions–boys, alcohol, drugs–that keep her just short of her dream. Scott says the comic is semi-autobiographical and follows a period in his life when he realized art stardom was elusive, and the reality was a life full of unfulfilling jobs and crappy apartments.
“The first Wendy comic I ever made was on a placemat in a diner,” Scott told Vice back in 2012. “I was basically drawing myself, if I was a girl. And so Wendy was born. Eventually, it grew from a superficial way to get cheap laughs out of my friends (and myself), and a complex character began to take shape.”
Wendy cleverly pokes fun at our unrealistic ideas of success; how social media and “personal branding” have turned us all into mindless content curators and not artists; and how it takes living by a train track to realize your own self-worth. You can currently read Wendy here, buy the first two editions on Etsy, or wait for the official book, which will be released via Koyoma Press in November 2014.