What's Up with Upshaw? Movin' On Up--Scary!

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Yes, I am a professional cartoonist/animator/caricaturist.  Yes, I want to make more money at this.  Yes, I want more people to enjoy my work enough to want to pay me.  And yes, I'm happy that Edward Zellen and I are working on "Afghanistoons", Afghan proverbs illustrated with my cartoons.  And yes, my main motivation for cartooning was love of doing the art.

So why am I feeling scared all of a sudden?  Not frightened out of my wits, but just feeling a sense of mild fear.  It's because my dreams are coming true--it's REAL!  I'm not just imagining it!  But because it's real, things can go wrong.  Doing "Afghanistoons" will bring me a whole bunch of new viewers to like my work but also more people to dislike it.  And now I have to deal with publicity:  A local PBS station reporter contacted me to talk about this new project.  Great--but scary!

I'm just being yanked out of my "comfort zone"--and it's tough!  But to move forward like I want to I have to leave the familiar and comfortable behind and take on the new and unfamiliar in front of me.  And I must pick and choose which new and old parts will go into my life and work.  Difficult but doable.

D.K. Upshaw, you are on your way.  Enjoy the journey!


About the author


I call myself a 'tooner--one who cartoons. Animated shorts, single-panel gag cartoons and celebrity caricatures are my specialty!

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