The idea for calling my production house ‘Rowing Girl’ comes from a comic strip I penned in 2001, for Smallworld, which was part of an online zine I put together (um, built entirely with html) about life and the adventures of being a new parent.
Navigating and plotting the digital soup
I penned another Rowing Girl image after I moved to Switzerland and I was trying to express the lens I like to put on life’s plot twists.
A bit about my comics
In 2001, I hosted the Smallworld zine online at Mum-e-zine (then mumezine.com), which was designed for new mums, and contained a bunch of book reviews and home-grown wisdom (I asked seasoned mothers for their sanity-saving tips and advice).
I built the site with my newly-acquired HTML coding skills, blood, sweat and tears, and I had a small but committed following of ‘online’ parents. (Yeah, online was a bit novel, back then!)
Whiteboard comics are also one of my parenting ‘techniques’. Once something’s in black-and-white it: a) helps me remember (!); and b) is harder to argue with.
Comics also help me remain ‘firm, fair and fun‘, because life’s too short to be un-fun, even when you have to be the Evil Enforcer of Boundaries.
Here are a few of those Smallworld comics.