My first angry post was all about 'why' - why do it? What was the motivation? Why was I so bloody angry? And what was I doing about it?
Part 2 was about identity - who are you? What should you know about yourself and the industry if you really want to get serious about it?
techgnotic.deviantart.com/ wrote as part of his amazing response: 'But I think there comes a time when the whole system becomes so exhausted from mindless repetition that a certain cynicism becomes the only form of true enlightenment and what we loved about our artistic obsessions gets forgotten.'
deevelliott.deviantart.com/ also had some strong thoughts, including 'you have to bite your lip when f**ked up the arse and treated like you don't matter, better still smile and say thank you very much.'
It was a very exciting thread that threw up some strong feelings - the revolution gained a little steam here!
Part 3 was more on expectations, with a little genius coaching from the late great Wally Wood - one of the finest comic strip artists there has ever been.
Take outs - if you are lucky enough to work with the big boys, don't expect to get to draw your favorite. Character. Ever. And if you DO, don't expect it to be easy. Be prepared!
Part 4 was my furious interlude - how do I feel now?
How has being a pro ACTUALLY effected me over the years?
What are the scars and the war stories?
Alan Moore's daughter Leah actually sent me a message saying how much she agreed, and how shocked she was that even somebody with my history in the biz should feel that way.
Lots of pros have had this journey:
Part 5 was back to practical stuff:
How to behave as a creator
I got into a great discussion about avatars with mojoliazon.deviantart.com/ (The jury is still out. What do you think? See the conversation in the link!)
Part 6 was all about experimentation, pushing the boundaries, being a unique voice, and the pros and cons of that.
Views on both sides were discussed in the thread that followed!
Just Fucking Do It!
This was about boiling down the reality into one bold post.
You want to do it? Then just fucking do it!!!
Thanks all for amazing feedback, thoughts, etc. I've really enjoyed browsing your galleries, and hearing about how you would change things given half the chance.
Feel free to share, and revisit the discussions!
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