All tasks have been cleared, my obstacles are all but overcome.
All that's left...
Years ago, when I published my first book of poetry, I always thought about what else I wanted to do. There were ideas of novels and comics were dancing in my head. I had wrote two novels during this whole thing and had taken those few first steps. I impressed someone enough to hire me.
One of my goals while working with him was to publish a comic. I thought it'd be a fitting tribute. He was one of my heroes, and he had started with producing his own work. (Amazing stuff too. Still great to this day, and wish he'd finish that series.)
I learned a lot. From a creative standpoint the lessons I gathered were worth their weight in gold. I learned some little things too. I learned about weedwhackers and chinese lanterns, and all kinds of fun little stories. Most of all I got to work with one of my heroes. How many people get that opportunity to do that? Plus, I fulfilled another small dream by working in a bookstore. Hell, I got to live in a bookstore and I had a lot of fun.
But things just weren't meant to work out. Certain things that were supposed to happen didn't, and wouldn't happen any time soon. Circumstances were what they were and that was that.
I learned other things up there I needed to in a lot of little ways. I went to college and learned a bit about the world of magazines. I helped edit one of the two of them and am proud of that issue in particular.
I went to San Diego and understood for the first time just what I was getting into. I will go there again someday.
But my goal of doing this comic kept sliding farther and farther away. I ended up doing exactly what I was doing in canada before I headed down there to begin with. The money just wasn't there. How are you supposed to want to do something when it's all you can do to break even? Or in my case seem to just fall farther and farther behind.
Financially, it just didn't work out no matter what I did. Slowly but surely, I was stripped of everything. It was God's way of telling me I needed to leave. So I did.
I ended up back where I started, only with myself. It was a struggle, but I got back on my feet. I got two jobs and just pounded away until I was able to manage simplicity for myself. Circumstances finally matched up where I could balance the money and the time to move into this full blast. Since January of this year, I've been moving in that direction.
I've always wanted to be a writer. Prose and comics were things I was very passionate about. All my life I never stopped envisioning doing this. It's what has kept me going. I never stopped seeing myself doing this.
Its why I made the choice of going thousands of miles to take the chance to work with my hero to begin with. The price I paid was learning just how badly I wanted this.
I was lucky to have good people in it through that time throughout. I wish things had worked out differently on the one hand, but on the other I'm glad things did what they did. I learned a lot.
It's lead me to this:
June 17-19 at the Calgary Entertainment Expo I will be debuting Veritas for all to see. Expect to hear about another con I will be attending and maybe even a few other signings shortly.
It took a while, but I finally did it. All that's left is to count down the days and to celebrate and thank each and every person that made this possible.
I did it because of you.
Some people who are reading this may be saying I haven't done very much or that I've written about this in the past. To the second part of this, you are right. In my defense, time does give things a certain clarity. But to the first part of the the tale I differ
Oh sure it's not much, but it's a dream I've fought so hard to achieve for several years now. I was willing to pay any price to do it. And now it's going to happen. Persevering to achieve one's dreams is always a big deal no matter how many times you do it. It's not the biggest thing, but to me, it's the only thing.
I screwed up and fumbled and pittered and said and did stupid things. But I still did it. And if I can, anyone can.
All tasks are finally clear. All obstacles have been overcome.
All that's left is to mark the date on the calendar.
June 17th, 2011 I will have my first comic.
How cool is that?
I'm to be exhibiting some of my material at...
The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo
June 17th - June 19th, 2011
Located at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park
20 Roundup Way SE
I'm really excited about this.
My next entry will be all about what exactly I'm going to be promoting. It's been a long time coming.
a little bit about what I read this week.
Dracula: In The Company of Monsters 5 - I really hate the main character. He's responsible for a lot of the mess his family has created, and he still is wimping out and avoiding the issues in front of him. This is a wicked little series and it shows that monsters are inside everyone. Busiek and Gregory are writing some great stuff here. Godlewski's art has been stellar. He melds Dracula and monsters and vampires with the grit and sterilization of the corporate world with ease. Much like all of boom's stuff, this book is a great read.
Soldier Zero 4 - All of the Stan Lee books have been good. Soldier Zero's first arc comes to a close this issue. The last page isn't a big surprise if you've read any of stan's older works, yet Paul Cornell writing makes it seem fresh again. It's too soon to say which of the stan lee books are my favorite but they are all great reads. This no exception.
Darkwing Duck 8 - what can I say? I loved Darkwing Duck as a kid. And I find this is one of the more entertaining reads I get every month. This month is the conclusion to the crisis of the infinite darkwings as another really cool nemesis returns as the overall big bad. There are some great cameos (Darkwarrior Duck!) and some show lore included. Ian Brill and James Silvani have so far managed to balance nostalgia with some great new adventures. I can't wait for FOWL to show up in the next arc. This is without a doubt a fun book. If you love the show you can't go wrong with this.
Morning Glories 6 - All I can say about this series is that I have no idea what to expect. All I know is after this issue I realize that every character is more than they appear and not what they seem. The last page reveal surprised the hell out of me. Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma have managed to blend a great high concept and at the same time play with the minds of the readers. A very solid duo make this a top calibre book to get every month...if you can find it.
Critical Millenium 3 - it's been forever but worth the wait. Great hard sci fi with a tad bit of character developement. The plot has been done to death, but the tension, drama and unique look make me come back for more. Hopefully the next book doesn't quite take so long.
Scarlet 4 - This is my first creator owned by Bendis. It's been fun. This is the first issue that the main character hasn't been completely prominent. This is more about the initial consequences to her actions. I think my favorite moments though were when Scarlet gets a visit from her mother, and how Brandon talks about how her story ends. Great dialogue and amazing art from Maleev. Wish this was monthly, but can't complain about what I get.
Green Lantern Corps 55 - I still think this is the best of the three GL books. The Weaponer makes a cool villain in the current mythos, yet I get the feeling he isn't going to last much longer. There's a countdown to the inevitable war of the green lanterns that's beginning to hit all of the books. Bedard has surprised me and him and Kirkham are developing their own mark on the book.
All in all, fun, smart books that are worth the price of admission. Pick them up.
I'm going to bed now.
This journal is coming to an end.
The simple reason is that this phase of my life is over. The journey to independence day...I'm already there. And well, I'm doing the things I want to. Some of this journal will live on in the future in some form. The movie blogs and the comic stuff in particular will find a real home soon.
But with what I have in mind, this space has lived out its usefulness. Which is a not so cryptic way of ssying something new is planned and it'll be out soon.
I figure I got two or three more of these things tops. Exciting things are coming.
Take care now.
Next year is going to be awesome. I can talk about things I'm working on and doing, and that, but instead I just want to say this.
I realized yesterday that I am surrounded by good people in all aspects of my life at this moment. I just want to take the time to thank each and every one of them for everything.
Next year is going to be great and I couldn't do it without each and every one of you.
Are you getting yourself into trouble? If not, why not?
some common sense from a newspaper article published in the 1965 Oscala Star Banner.
"A government is a spender not an earner. Anything the government says it will give to the people it must first take from the people."