Some of you may have seen the weekly No Tears: Life With FD comics I create and share on Facebook. FD stands for Familial Dysautonomia, a very rare disease. The guy who writes the scripts for the comics, David Brenner, the FD Foundation's executive director, has worked there for a whole decade! Some people from the foundation reached out to me and we came up with the idea to make him a custom comic as a special honorary gift! They wanted to depict David as a Navy Seal, the most specially trained, technology savvy, and elite fighters of the USA. I definitely listened to the In the Navy song a lot while working on this :) (Can anyone find the Beatles Yellow Submarine "Easter Egg" I placed in there?) I made the comic in a record time of 8 days, along with my teaching job and other duties. I presented the comic at last Sunday's FD Day, their annual conference. Everyone loved it!
Usually I draw custom comics for couples, as you can see from the custom comics section on my site. It's a great way to tell the story of how the couple met, got engaged, and so on! But I think the honorary custom comics are extra special. Sometimes the couples comics are just for 2 people, unless they're displayed at a wedding reception. But the honorary comics can be displayed in the office and seen by everyone! It's kind of like a visual resume - if you're new to the company, or not as familiar with the honoree's day-to-day work, you can tell what a hard worker and amazing role model the person is in the comic!