Tegan and Sara – I’m Not Your Hero (Comic)

I went to Singapore a couple of weeks ago to watch Tegan and Sara live in concert. The concert was such an exciting and mind-blowing experience for me, that I downloaded videos of the whole concert for me to listen to over and over again.

With myself still not being over it, I made a short comic based on the Tegan and Sara song “I’m Not Your Hero“.

The song came off as a really sad song to me since the first time I heard it. For me, it was about a person who was so tired of trying to do everything to be someone’s hero, and yet still being unrecognized as one, to the point of feeling helpless, broken and burnt out. Later, I’ve found out that it was basically about Sara’s struggles of being alienated as a member of the gay community and the indie community.

Regardless of what it is originally about, the way I came to interpret it stuck to me, and it became my favorite track from their latest album, Heartthrob. (With “Now I’m All Messed Up” being a close second.)

The comic really has no profound interpretation of the song. It’s just something I thought up quickly. I just wanted it to be as sad as how I felt the song to be.

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Also, I would like to point out that this comic may have been inspired by the movie Windstruck.

Brand New Day

Hello, and welcome to GabMadrid.com! My name is Gab Madrid, and I love to draw. I made this blog so I could have a personal place in the cloud where I can share my thoughts and ideas on various things related to the work I do and love.

I will be writing about (mostly personal) projects that I am working on. I have a lot of ideas lined up in my head just waiting to be created and developed, and I’d like this blog to be a place for that.

I also plan to write about events related to the industry I work in, such as Graphika Manila (happening next Saturday!) or Form, Function & Class by the Philippine Web Designers’ Organization.

There are also a lot of things I’d like to cover, such as other people’s work but I’ll usually focus on:

  • Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Branding and Identity Design
  • Comics
  • Animation
  • Concept Art

This blog is still under construction and will be subject to some more changes in the coming weeks, so please bear with me! I’m also open for link and art trades! Just send me an email at hello@gabmadrid.com or tweet me up at @gabmadrid.

Note: The title of this post is a reference to Lie To Me’s opening theme “Brand New Day” by Ryan Star.