I just found out the other day that a friend passed away last week. I’d known him for years, worked with him and in the past couple of years talked about helping him write a book.

That never came to be. We never made the time to get together, but really, I should have been the one to make the time. It’s what I do, right? Help others create or try to? But no, I feel as though I cheated Mike of his chance to do something…

And now, I can’t. And we’ve missed out on something. Or I suppose it’s more accurate to say that I have. Maybe that’s the guilt part coming into play, the regret of not getting around to another iron in the fire, who knows?

Today is the day, my friends, to take a step forward on something you need to do, to make the effort to eliminate something off your list, to make things happen. For yourself or for someone else.

We’re going to keep losing people in this world, so let’s make it a better place for us all in some way.

Today is the day.

 

I’m going to collect some of the Comics Mentor posts of advice and encouragement into a book called Get Off Your Heinie and Create! It should be 175 pages for $14.99.

Comment below if you want to be one of the first to know about it.

 

 

I know that there are several comic book creators now doing workshops, some at their studios, school, online or  local art supply stores, some at conventions. Some are even recording these on video and uploading them for others to later learn from the lessons. Some are even creating dvds of the sessions.

I think these are great opportunities to learn from those people with wisdom to share with another generation (and more) of creators. We can learn about our industry and learn about the ones who made it.

Do you know of comics going on or coming up? Post the link in the comments. This stuff should be shared!

 

Did you ever feel as though you have so much going on that you just want to drop it all so that you can breathe?

That you can’t write another word or draw another line?  That your creativity is just gone?

Then if you do something rash like quit or say you’re going to, things start to even out and possibly get back on track. It may not be the same track as before but hey, sometimes a change in scenery is a good thing.

Next time, just stop what you’re doing.

Take a breath.

Take another.

Go do something and get your mind off what’s been invading your mind to twist things into a pretzel.

Come back to it. Unless you can’t. And maybe you can’t right now, but that’s okay.

Those things may still be there but you can handle it.

One thing at a time. Maybe two, if you think you can multi-task.

Me, I like pretzels.

 

 

My true comics mentors are Mark Bagley, Todd McFarlane, Marc Sylvestri, and Rob Liefeld. These were the guys who made me dig my claws deeper into the word of comics. They also pushed me to practice drawing every single day. I even had my own line of comics in high school that I eagerly passed around school for free. Without naming names, one of my mentors mentioned has a controversial style and or talent. I clearly understand that. But at the same time this gentleman went all out with his vision, made memorable characters, and made comic artist rock stars in the 90s. That was high school time for me, very formative years. So for him and those other mentioned artists, I am forever thankful. Other mentors that strongly influence me are not comic artist. Those artists are Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, H R Giger, and Michealangelo.

 

What’s holding you back from doing the next thing you need to scratch off your List of Things-to-Do? Your schedule? A lack of money? No time? A hangnail?

EXCUSES!

Okay, the hangnail one doesn’t apply to me but  I have a lot more REASONS why I don’t get the things I need to done…but really, they’re excuses and the general blame can be aimed right at me.

Sometimes we’re afraid of being a failure when part of it may be that we’re afraid of succeeding. If we get it done this time, what’s going to be expected next time..and the next time after that?

What are we really afraid of? A commitment? The commitment isn’t (just) to others, but to ourselves. We owe it to ourselves to be the people we are meant to be.

BUT..

We can’t give up. With each succeed, we can build a little success muscle to work with to use on those next things.

Every new day is a new chance to get it right, to get something done. Heck, every hour can bring you a new chance to do what you need to do. So, take the chance to use your chances.

One thing at a time. One more thing off the list. One more space freed up for the next thing you may to do…at least a little wiggle room to maneuver through the troubled waters of scheduling.

Go to it.

 

If you think about it the people you went to school with are some of the most important people you’ve ever known. Words or deeds that were said or not said had some kind of impact in the way you grew up.  The way you grew up may have been largely influenced by your life at home, but things with your classmates could have huge impact. That girl or guy you thought was cute. Did they think you were cute? A lot of things can run through your mind and how you act or react to them can play out over the years. In some cases we stay in touch and other times drift apart…

Tonight we had our 35-year class reunion and I’ll tell you that I had a great time seeing those people and catching up. We all got older, wiser, and looked back on those school years with a lot of memories, I’m looking forward to the next one in five years.

Enjoy your days. All of them.

 

The One.

It could be that special someone, a job, anything. In my case, it is  a great number of things. That someone special is my fiancee Kristi as well as my children,  my ‘job’ is my comics creating work, Sketch Magazine, my friends and best friends. None of it came at once and some of it did not come easily and some things are still developing.

If you want something, you may have to wait, but while you’re waiting, work toward your goal. Work on yourself.  Work on your relationships. Some things may get easier, whie other things mya challenge you.

You may find new Ones to wait for.

Kristi was worth waiting for.

My kids are.

My comics work? Oh. yes, that, too..

There will be other things to discover and you’ll find yours. Let’s continue to share our Ones.

I can’t wait! :)

 

 

Just a brief alert to say that I’m here and…I’m back! Ready to talk about mentoring and being mentored and other encouraging stuff!

 

You never know when others are watching you. It’s true. You’re living your life and things happen; you don’t think much of it since it’s just something that’s happened. You’re writing something. Drawing something. Giving someone an encouraging word. Reading a book. Being kind. Something. You never what it may be, but someone may see it and be inspired in some way.

And the chain continues. That person you inspired may do that for someone else. What an awesome cycle that would be…

You may be a beautiful girl named Karen who kissed a shy, quiet boy on the cheek who realized if she would do that them awesome things were possible. She’s still an awesome friend forty years later.

You maybe a talented artist like Bob McLeod who gave an encouraging portfolio review to a hope-to-be inker, changing his mindset about whether he could be an inker to why wasn’t he working? Still a cool guy.

You might be me. Apparently, I’ve been someone people look up to. I try not to abuse that thought and think about how my kids see me. I want them to be proud to my kids, as much as I’m proud to be their dad.

Of course, the reverse can be true as well. Be mindful of words or deeds that can cut into someone’s confidence. Do good works. Remember that on the way up, you may someday pass those same people on the way down. I’ve heard that a few times..

Be the best YOU you can be. Shine your light for all to see and be guided by.

Go shine.

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