A lot of people ask me what it’s like to be in Ellerbisms and if it’s weird sharing your life with the Internet. The honest answer is yes. Yes, it’s weird seeing your life forever captured with images and funny/sad/uncomfortable incidents shared with people I don’t know, and sometimes worse, shared with people I see on a regular basis. I very rarely limit Marc in what he’s allowed to draw, as it’s his project and not mine. It was only when we started going out we decided to not share it with the readers, in fact, we didn’t share it with many people who knew us (as we were both sort of seeing other people) and awkward things like that… Apart from that, it’s all laid out for anyone to read.
However, it being weird doesn’t mean I don’t find it utterly flattering (even when the strips are less than flattering..) to be such a big part of Ellerbisms. Based on a lot of contributions from other artists and fans, most people see it as “the Marc and Anna comic”, and a lot of you have drawn us together for the 200th celebrations. Marc will often tell people he felt like Ellerbisms came together as a comic with the introduction of my character and the way its developed into not just glimpses of his life, but our life together. Clearly a lot of people agree!
Many times I’ve been overwhelmed by comments left by you, the readers, and I’ve never had a chance to say thank you, so thank you all. This comic wouldn’t still exist if it wasn’t for the continuous appreciation you show, comments and e-mails and interactions at cons. I look forward to meeting more of you at MCM Expo, Thought Bubble and TCAF next year (hopefully!).
Marc asked me to contribute to the celebrations by writing something, or drawing something. I drew a half cow half giraffe, which APPARENTLY was not what he was looking for (surely he’d be fed up with people drawing his face, right? The boy is so self centered…), so instead I’ve collated all of my favourite panels from Ellerbisms past and a brief note on why I love them.
30th June 2007
One of the first strips I’m in, and I’m trying to set Marc up with one of my friends. About a month later I realized I had a massive crush on him and he admitted to the same and that’s the beginning of our story…
9 May 2008
Forever a classic and look at Adams little face! I knew from this moment on, we’d always love Adam, and always laugh at him.
4th Aug 2008
Classic Marc and Anna. I’m clearly angry and Marc’s poor little face, you’d think I’d told him he’s a useless twat. All I did was call him a hypocrite! Geesh.
04 Oct 2008
Some people probably dream of waking up to Adam Hotwell’s hovering head. Believe me, it’s not all that. Marc’s GAH is an internal funny-word and makes me chuckle.
Note: Spiderman bag, RIP.
14 Dec 2008
Marc looooves Maja. He walks around at home saying her name spontaniously. She lives with my mum and dad. In Sweden. It doesn’t make sense, no. I don’t know what goes on in his head sometimes.
Obligatory photo of Maja as she’s just soooooo cute.
28 Dec 2008
Sometimes Marc gets so angry with me he physically shuts me up. Apparently this makes my eyes go funny.
03 Jan 2009
Everyone sniffs their boyfriends, right? Right?! No? Oh. (He smells lovely by the by. Most of the time)
14 Feb 2009
The constant disappointment…
I love my parents. Even when they bust in on my iChat time. My favourite thing about this panel is my mum holding the cats under her arms. They are as much part of the family as the humans.
05 March 2009
- Seriously?! Punching a girl when she’s making breakfast? Marc was being particularly pesty that morning. Love the look of surprise on my face.
7 March 2009
Oh guess what, I’m angry again.. You can tell Marc has done/said something based on his massive grin, he probably found it hilarious and I found it offending.
Now, don’t say I don’t give my lady what she wants, lo and behold here is her giraffe/cow picture as mentioned earlier, complete with commentary.