I am obsessed with stories, whether that be movies, books, music, poetry, or anything else that tells a story. My favorite part about stories is being able to imagine what they would look like through art. Drawing inspiration from my own life when creating a story of my own is something I often do to make it feel more authentic. The comic, Jumping for Joy, is about appreciating the little moments in life that make you smile, a message that everyone can learn from these days.
Jumping for Joy, tells the story of a woman who goes around a store hiding origami jumping frogs that she made for other people to find. While the story starts out following the woman, it later transfers over to following the man that finds one of the frogs hidden in the store. Following this man through the rest of his day, we see that the frog does not change his life in any meaningful way, it just brings a few small moments of joy to his day, and that’s enough.
The paper used in origami is square-shaped so every page of the comic is a square and each panel of the comic is also a square. In the story, the woman folds origami jumping frogs, these frogs can actually be made to physically jump by pressing down on the back of them and then releasing. One small jump for one small moment of joy.