In 1969, at age fifteen, while still recovering from the last in a series of operations on my leg for post-polio effects, I got my mother to drive me to CHARLTON Publishing Co. in Derby, Connecticut. There I showed my portfolio to the late George Wildman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wildman
who offered me an entry-level position. The perks: learn from the best ("on your own time").
This was near the end of Charlton's hay days. They had Giordano, Ditko, Boyette and a bunch of other great guys (like Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez). But my mother said, "No!" (About 35 years later when I asked her why she wasted everyone's time bringing me to the interview if she had no intention of letting me work, she said, "I never imagined anyone would take you seriously." )
After that I got into wrestling and martial arts, motorcycles and girls, continued my education through graduate school, then started work in a "serious" profession. Nevertheless; in the mid 80s, I took a half-time position so I could write fiction and do a full time stint at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Fleischer Art Memorial. But, when push came to shove, I returned full time to Human Service and Psychology.
Some years back, I wiped the slate clean and decided to start over - to pick up where I'd left off as a teenager - to do graphic novels, or bust. That's where I am, now - BUSTED. . . BIG TIME! Nowhere to go from here, except up!
Current Residence: Mt. Effort, (What an appropriate name!) Pennsylvania
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Loose, so, large
Favourite style of art: Scientific Illustration, Comic Book Illo, Genre Fiction Writing, Technical Writing
Personal Quote: 'From my weakness I drew strength that never left me.' - paraphrased from Borges
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I found your page following that path. Specifically, "To Mark the Occasion", posted 3 days ago.
OMG. Just saw this now. Forgive me for not responding sooner. I am only now beginning to spend a little more time here - and still having to force myself to do it.
Please Sol, don't worry about.
You know I like this time-suspension effect produced by online environments. Reminds me the timeless dialog we all have with figures like Plato, Moebius, John Norman and Sun Tzu. Except that it is an improved version of that, since here answers do come from outside our minds too, some now and them.
This will be a very 'unique' end of year (I strongly hope so). How are you hanging on, friend?
Haha. I like your model - it is an improved version.
Me? Hanging on by a thread. LOL. Life stable and well managed, almost boring. Then, sh*t hit the fan. Body broke down, car broke down, chaos ensued. Now the task is to seize opportunity in the midst of crisis (a work in progress)! And how about you?