Sorry this has nothing to do with dragons. I just had to get a Doctor Who reference in here somewhere and thought that was so fresh on my mind, I'd go with it.
Wasn't that series premiere good? In the late 1970s when I got the rare chance to find something on to watch (we had a whole 10 channels then) for myself, I came upon this curly headed smiling man with a ridiculously long scarf. That moment would mark me, unwittingly at the time, as a Whovian. Now I get to watch and share with my son and wife. It's great and despite some ups and downs on some of the scripts, the show has had some amazing moments.
Back with our regularly scheduled program.
I think it's interesting that a few columns ago I was talking about Facebook and Twitter. One other reason I forgot to mention during my reasoning of why I haven't joined either one, was my fear of oversharing like I've seen so many do. Little did I realize not a couple of days later, I would go on and on about my experience with the Cincinnati Comic Expo and meeting Darwyn Cooke, Lee Weeks & Thom Zahler.
Now don't get me wrong, those feelings were genuine. But I feel I just over related what went on. That's new to me. I've always been a reserved, private person. But with this last year of finally creating a comic, I'm finding out some new things about myself. I won't go so far as claim a regeneration like the Doctor, but I do feel revitalized in a manner of speaking. I think anyone who finds a moment of happiness can see what I'm talking about. You talk different, smile a little more, and just maybe you relate an experience a little more flowery than you used to.
I was really nervous to give my comic to Darwyn and Thom, just as I would anyone who does this for a living. It was just a bit more because I admire their work. And in Darwyn's case, the inspirations comes not only from the work he does, but due to the fact he entered comics a little later in life after a successful career in graphic design. Something that I'm attempting to do. There's no comparison past that, but I see him as someone who kept up with his dream of comics. That helps me so much. So giving those books was an accomplishment in this journey of working on this book. And I was proud of that. Every bit of that will help me grow as an artist and as a spokesperson for my book.
That's a good thing right?
A lifelong comics fan, Mike W. Belcher is the writer/artist of MAN IN THE MASK. A story he's had with him for over 20 years.