Tuesday, March 23, 2010

shut up and do it

This is a phrase I have used a lot since i decided to stop "going to do a comic book one day" and actually make a comic book now.

I had been preparing to make Intermezzo for years (a lot of them) but eventually the preparation has to stop and the doing has to begin. It seems the excuses I had were either "I don't have the money" or "I don't have the time" to do it.

Well now, I don't have an abundance of either. This wasn't the best time to self publish. Money is tighter than ever, and the job I have takes more of my time than any other i've ever had. What I realized was, if I wait for the ideal time, it will never happen. There is always a reason not to do it, but the answer I have come up with to counter those reasons is...

That's it. No explaining it all away, no more planning, not the perfect time but now. When I get home exhausted and I just don't wanna draw any tonight I will repeat it as a mantra in my head. Then I will stop making excuses and just get up and draw.

And if the perfect time comes along then I will already be in progress and further along.

I met a few aspiring artists at the Charlotte Comicon on Sunday. I passed this along to them. Maybe it will keep them from waiting a lot of years that they regret later.

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