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Breaking into Comics versus Making Comics
In no way a guide but a some thoughts
Breaking into the world of comics, my friends is no walk in the park. It's like juggling chainsaws while riding a unicycle on a tightrope. It's a tough nut to crack, a formidable mountain to climb. But here's the thing: Making comics, on the other hand, is a whole different ball game. And let me tell you, it's a game worth playing.
Now I have been in the comics world, as an artist and indie creator but also as a comic shop owner for years on end. So bear with me that I know how the sausage is made.
Now, let's talk about breaking into the comics industry. It's a daunting task, my friends, filled with more obstacles than an Indiana Jones movie. The competition is fierce, the gatekeepers are vigilant, and the road to success is paved with rejection letters and closed doors. It can make you feel like you're running in circles, chasing your dreams but never quite catching up.
But here's the kicker, my fellow creators: Making comics is where the real magic happens. You don't need permission from anyone to put pen to paper, to let your imagination soar, and to bring your stories to life. You have the power to create your own universe, to be the master of your own destiny.
Sure, breaking into the industry can offer you a wider audience and opportunities to collaborate with established names. But it also comes with compromises, my friends. It often means conforming to certain expectations, watering down your ideas, and losing a part of what makes your work truly unique.
By making comics on your terms, you preserve the essence of your creativity. You retain full control over your vision, your characters, and your stories. It's like having a one-man show, where you get to be the writer, the artist, the director, and the star. You set the stage, my friends, and the world becomes your audience.
Now, don't get me wrong, breaking into the industry can be a worthwhile pursuit for some. But for many of us, the real joy lies in the process of creating comics itself. It's the satisfaction of putting pen to paper, the thrill of seeing your characters come to life, and the joy of sharing your stories with the world.
So, my fellow creators, I say to you: Embrace the freedom of making comics. Don't wait for someone to give you the green light or anoint you as the chosen one. Take matters into your own hands and let your creativity flow like a wild river.
As I once said, "Be so good they can't ignore you." Focus on honing your craft, pushing your boundaries, and creating comics that resonate with your audience. The world needs your unique voice, your perspective, and your stories. So, go out there, my friends, and make comics that will leave a lasting impact.
Remember, the road may be tough, and the path may be uncertain, but the reward is in the journey itself. So, pick up that pen, unleash your imagination, and let the world marvel at your comic book wonders. The power is in your hands, my friends. Now, go forth and create like there's no tomorrow.
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