It has been a long haul so far for me these last two months. I moved to a new home, and I started back in online school again, so you can see how I had gotten behind on my web comic. Things seem to have leveled out again so next month, I’ll be back up to speed with The Learning Curve podcast (second Tuesday of the month), Capes and Cowl blog and posting Shield of Justice on its normal schedule (second Sunday of the month). It’s been difficult, but thanks to you all for hanging with me on this journey and hopefully for new and current followers, I won’t disappoint.
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.
Clean pencils finished two days ago, hitting the ink work pretty hard the last two days. Time to finish this week.
Well, I’m back on smack jeeves and the duck webcomics! I have been updating twice a month with my archived stories of the Shield of Justice so if you need to catch up, no better time than now.
Inks are finished, now, my favorite part..Coloring