Hello everyone, today I will be sharing a series of comics I created with you!
本篇文章最初發表於 2018 年 1 月 9 號 This article was originally published on 01/09/2018
最近我投稿了瑞士琉森（Fumetto）國際漫畫節 2018 的短篇漫畫組，這一屆的主題為「足夠」（Enough），官網也提供了主題說明：
Recently I submitted a series of illustrations to the Fumetto’s comic competition 2018. This year’s theme is Enough and here is the theme description from the official website:
足夠 － 我們擁有許多事物，這個世紀的我們，比過往探索了更多、更遙遠的地方，而我們的環境也因此受到了影響。人類的移動、食物、衣著和各種物品的生產都必須使用到土壤、空氣、和許多自然資源。你、你的家人和朋友，到底需要什麼才能感到快樂？到底擁有多少才算足夠？（太太編譯）
Enough – We own so many things. We travel more than ever and explore the most remote places. This has in impact on our environment. Travelling and the production of food, clothes and all products need soil, water, air and other natural resources. What do you, your family and your friends really need to feel happy? How much is enough?
知道主題後我滿腔熱血但是卻沒什麼頭緒（很矛盾吧！）我知道這個主題可以發揮的方向很多，但我不是很確定該怎麼把我對這個主題的理解，用我自己的插畫表現出來，我只知道為了符合比賽的規定，我必須在四張 A4 大小的篇幅內，說完一個故事。
When I first learned about this theme, I was very excited but clueless(very contradicting!). I got the idea and knew that there were several aspects and directions I could take to elaborate the theme. However I wasn’t sure how I would translate my understanding of the theme into illustrations. All I knew was that I had to comply to the competition’s rules and tell a story in picture form within four A4 pages.
I’ve always loved to write and come up with my own stories. As a matter of fact, to become a children’s book writer is one of my goals in life. I have quite a few ideas and stories written and saved in my laptop. Nevertheless I had never really turned any of them into real comics or series of pictures. I secretly believe a part of me thinks that my illustrations may fail to tell a story or fall short of my imagination. The more I doubted myself the less effort I put into really realizing my ideas through illustrations. The fear of being not enough seemed to be quite appropriate at the moment. If I do not give it a go I would never know if I could achieve anything, anything at all. Therefore I decided to put up a brave face and just draw something this time.
It was a chaos! Even though it was just a short four-page-comics, I had to rewrite my story and redesign my story board many times to tell the story I came up with. It took me days to finalize the draft and some more days to finish and polish the final illustrations. Here I will only show you guys the final comics. At the end of the illustration, I will tell you the story and what it wants to convey, also some clues you might miss in the pictures. However I also want my readers to have their own interpretation of my work so you can totally skip the last part of this article if you wish to know less but have your own imagination run wild.
This is a story about an encounter and it all happened when a lady went to the town one day.
If you wish to learn more about this story, please continue to read. You can also stop it here and take home your own experience.
This story is about a lady who lives alone. It seemed like she’s got everything she needed in her little house. A nice chair, a nice carpet and a nice fireplace. It all seemed enough. One day she had to go to the town and grab something. She lived far away from the town on the top of a hill and to get to the town she had to travel a long way. There was not much along the road, just some trees, barren land and a sense of loneliness.
As she traveled a long way and arrived in the town, she seemed too short to be at anyone’s level. She seemed so tiny, small and a bit of grumpy. Not only did she find nothing she wanted in the town but she also got tripped by a tiny rock and fell onto the ground. She broke her glasses and got something dirty on her nose. She was not happy. No, not at all. She just wanted to leave the town as soon as possible and never looked back. Little did she know that she had accidentally brought a tiny little creature with her back home.
Back to her quite little home she heard a little cry. So close that it seemed to be just right in front of her. She was right! Now through her half broken glasses, she saw a black, furry fellow sitting and crying right on top of her nose. The little one seemed so small compared to her, fortunately it was right on her nose that she got to see it properly. The little thing noticed the lady was looking at it. It looked at her and without a doubt gave her a hug.
“A hug for a stranger? Do we know each other that well?" The lady thought.
It was a tiny hug but it was warm enough to make the lady blush. She asked the little thing where it came from. It said it belonged to a mini furry collective and it ended up on her nose when she fell onto them. Knowing the whole situation, She decided to bring it back to the town which she earlier decided one-sidedly never return to. As soon as she stepped out of house, she saw three little furry dots, identical to the one in her palm, waiting right in front of the steps.
She lowered down and returned the little thing back to its group. They were so excited and so happy to see each other. They laughed, cried and formed a circle by holding their tiny furry hands together. She looked at them while they walked away, going back to where they came from.
They have left. They have left a sense of fulfillment in her heart. She stood at the steps and wore a smile that hasn’t been seen for a long long time.
What I wanted to convey?
Sometimes we feel that nothing is enough. We don’t have enough food, money, success, reputation, importance, and so on. We always try to earn and get more. It’s never enough. However, the fact is, as we are pursuing all these things we want, we got lonely on this long long journey. It is easy for us to forget that what we need the most is each other’s company. If you always feel tired and exhausted, chances are all you really need is just a big hug. It’s really not that difficult to feel enough and to be enough as long as you know what’s the right things to care in life.
A few things for you to interpret freely from the illustration:
- The heavy smoke from the house.
- The long journey to the town and the barren land.
- The height differences among the people in town ,the lady and the little ones.
- The little stone that tripped the lady.
- The little furry things.
A few Easter eggs for you to discover.
- Objects in the house that tell you more about the lady.
- When she traveled back home, did you notice something on the path?
- How many times did the lady smile?
These questions and Easter eggs might provide food for further thought and there is no rules and constraint on how one should read the story. Let me know if you like it, visually or in its text form. I would love to hear your feedback. I wish to turn this story into a longer and more complete version and eventually a children’s book. A few detail and scenes were left out due to the limitation of maximum pages of the submission. In the future, I want to add more scenes in the town and the lady’s interactions with the little thing. I certainly think this story needs more build-up. However, for now I’m happy the way it is and I think it is enough.
Till next time. Cheers ✨ Taitai
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