Spark Bird

March 27, 2022

Fly Paper is a literary organization in Phoenix that produces all kinds of workshops and events around town. One of their most popular events is Bar Flies – a live storytelling series with a different theme each month.

During the pandemic they started doing Illustrated Bar Flies, which was a great way to keep the community storytelling alive without jamming a bunch of people into Valley Bar. In the illustrated version, participants get 9 panels to tell their story in any visual medium they choose.

A few months ago I had the privilege of participating in this project. This was a perfect opportunity for me because a) I had just gotten an iPad and was dabbling in digital art, and b) the prompt was “fly”, which was a great excuse to write about my latest obsession: birds.

This is my story.

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