Read a Moving Comic about Art, Doubt, and Dreams by Sophia Foster-Dimino

COMIC: MY GIRL, BY SOPHIA FOSTER-DIMINO

Read a Moving Comic about Art, Doubt, and Dreams by Sophia Foster-Dimino

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Panel 1: 
(Woman, in large, luxurious bathroom, putting on makeup.) I recently got a new job in addition to the five jobs I already have. 

Panel 2: 
(Woman, sleeping with head hooked up to a small recording device.) I'm a dream director, which just means I tape my dreams every night and upload them to social media in the morning. 

Panel 3: 
(Series of dreams)
Panel 1: 
(Woman, sitting at computer.) I started two weeks ago and I'm already doing pretty well. One of my dreams about satanic possession went viral and got featured on a popular content aggregator. 

Panel 2: 
(Woman, walking through apartment.) 
People tip a few cents if they like the dream. As supplemental income, it's not bad. My other five jobs are...

Panel 3: 
(Woman, rolling out dough in kitchen.) One: I run a very small bed and breakfast out of my home. My special edge is in my gluten-free baked goods...
Panel 1: (Woman, making bed in eccentrically decorated room.) ...And my impeccably decorated guest bedrooms, which are themed "Hobbit Hole" and "Triadic Ballet." 

Panel 2: 
(Woman, walking by fountain.) Two: I designed and built a decorative fountain that faces the sidewalk running alongside my house. Every month, my girl and I harvest the change and go out for a nice meal. 

Panel 3: 
(Woman, at the cashier's desk of a gift shop.) Three: I own and operate a shop that sells zines, socks, sex toys, and artisanal chocolates, as well as miscellaneous gifts and supplies.
Panel 1: 
(Woman, drawing at a cafe. Barista approaching with a beverage and snack.) Four: I draw a daily strip for a respected publication, usually from a local coffeeshop where all the kind-hearted, cool-haired baristas know my usual. 

Panel 3: 
(Woman, making ceramics by a large craft table.) Five: I have a small studio on the outskirts of town where I do printmaking and ceramics in my free time.
Panel 1: 
(Woman, biking in the middle of the night) My girl's a celebrity. But she's modest about it. 

Panel 2: 
She has to travel a lot for her  lectures and book tours.

Woman, biking, on phone: Hi sugar muffin. How was your day? 

Panel 3: 
(Woman hanging bike on wall of her house.)
Panel 1: 
(Woman, washing dishes) Which is fine by me I love her but I also love being alone. 

Panel 2: 
(Woman soaping and rinsing dishes.) 
And if she were here all the time then maybe things wouldn't be going so well. 

Panel 3: 
(Woman, walking through her small, studio apartment) This is where I actually live.
Panel 1: 
(Woman, scrolling through the internet.) I moved here with my soon-to-be husband in early 2012. 

He moved out a few months ago. 

Panel 2: 
(Woman, washing her face in a small bathroom) I recently started going to therapy because my life stopped making sense to me. 

Panel 3: 
(Woman, sleeping in a small bedroom) I experience spells of intense psychological pain that in the past have driven me to injure myself. 

Panel 4: 
(Woman, doing a series of strange things.) Lately, I've been confused.
Panel 1: 
(Woman, pulling on sweatshirt.) Unable to make decisions. 

Panel 2: 
(Woman, sitting on the train.) Unable to understand the decisions I do make. 

Panel 4: 
(Woman, walking out the door.) 

Panel 5: 
(Woman, sitting in darkness.) My overactive imagination and needlessly intense sensitivity have shaped who I am as an artist.
Panel 1: 
(Woman, sitting in darkness, blowing noes and tossing out the tissue.) But they developed as a defense mechanism when I was in the weeds of a dark childhood. And now they prevent me from living my life in a healthy way. 

Panel 2: 
(Woman, biking down a hill.) My girl

Panel 3: 
(Woman, stopped at the bottom of the hill.) Is a celebrity. 

Panel 4: 
(Woman, chaining her bike to a bike rest.) But she's modest about it.
Panel 1: 
(Woman, sketching.) When I think about the future I get scared. 

Panel 2:
When I get scared I think about my fantasies. 

Panel 3: 
(Woman, reading.) She comes home. 

I've made her a decaf latte and a ginger carrot cupcake. 

Panel 4: 
(Woman, reading, back against her chair.) What's the version of this dream that could theoretically exist in the real world? 

Panel 5: 
(Woman begins to draw.) And can I see myself there? 

Panel 6: 
(Woman bending over book, beginning to draw. Flower bloom behind her.) And will i?

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