James Gavin, a fine author and close friend, has written an excellent article for The Daily Beast about jazz musician Allen Mezquida, who draws the animated cartoon Smigly.
Smigly is a YouTube series with a topical and highly emotional theme: How does one survive today’s onslaught of rejection while keeping one’s soul intact?
Dumped by corporate America, Smigly sits on the landing of his apartment, blowing his saxophone while a neighbor jeers: “You know the tune, ‘Go Get Lost!’” He chokes on a nut, and his girlfriend won't look up from her laptop. He becomes a ventriloquist, and gets laughs only when the dummy pees on him.
Mezquida draws Smigly to tell his own story. It’s one that weighs heavily on artists these days: the need to reinvent oneself in a digital age, or risk disappearing.
Here’s an episode of Smigly, "I Heart Jazz." Check out others at Smigly.TV.