Normally when I write a blog, I sit and think of an idea that I find interesting, write some notes and start typing. This one, however just came to me today. I was working on the pencils for Shield of Justice and I started to wonder about why I’m doing it in the first place. I don’t get paid for making the web comic, and it takes quite a bit of time to finish. I do some “product placement” where I live (I leave cards and ask to put a flyer for the web comic in comic book and book stores). I use social media, but it’s been a struggle to gain more followers (not that I’m complaining about the ones that follow now, thanks!). I asked myself the simple question: Why do I do it?
There are a lot of reasons why after I thought about it awhile, so I’ll just discuss my main reason: It’s fun. My time that I cut out of the day in order to work on my ideas mean a lot to me. Many other things happen during the day which I place a higher priority on, so I feel it means that much more when I can just sit down and CREATE. I enjoy how my ideas move from that to writing, drawing, inking, coloring and lettering because it came from me. I don’t know if anyone else feels even a little of this when they create what they love, but that is what inspires me to do more and more. I remember Stan Lee has said in a meet and greet I went to a few years ago that even if what you create doesn’t make sense to someone, do it anyway and see where it goes. I take those words to heart whenever I start to think about stopping.
Let me know what inspires you.