Every once in a while an artist will find themselves in a rut or in a place of trying to avoid painful subjects, and maybe it's an expectation of the cartoon format but people will suggest that you 'expand' your art into whatever worldly themes going on. Or sometimes they'll suggest that without you being in a rut too. And yes, wouldn't it feel smart o be critiquing current developments? Talking only about my life does feel a little silly and self centered at times, so I felt like making a statement to myself that my subject is desire and all the emotions that come with it, like shame or hatred, and that it was okay to talk about those things in a simple straightforward way that doesn't require a degree or a full time art career to be understood. And if academics will roll their eyes, so be it.