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It Begins

October 1st, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMICS MUCH BETTER
THAN MINE


Penny-Arcade
Two Guys and Guy
I Am ARG!
Questionable Content
Cyanide & Happiness
Hijinks Ensue
Lunar Baboon
Mega CYNICS
Formal Sweatpants
Go Get A Roomie!
Nuclear Delight
Chaos Life
Channelate
Invisible Bread
The Oatmeal
Mercworks!

You know those moments where something gets introduced in your life that was supposed to have changed everything by motivating you to do something you actually enjoy doing?

I had one of those moments July 3rd, 2000.

My family and I were going to Boston to spend Independence Day with the 500 relatives we have up there. I was 16. The night before the flight, I had nothing to do and was surfing the internet on my Dreamcast.

I was on a website called Game Revolution and down at the bottom I saw a little comic called Penny Arcade. This was the first webcomic I ever read. I was intrigued by the idea of just two random dudes making a comic that was viewed by thousands (back then). So I went to their website.

6 hours later, it was 4 am, and I had gone through every single comic in their archive. I was beyond captivated by how much Gabe's (Krahulik's) artwork had improved from that very first strip. I started drawing my own comic, but I had no scanner, no art program, and no knowledge of HTML code.

I've been an artist since I was 5, but everything I drew was either realistic sketches of people I knew or incredibly detailed artwork made by other people that I looked at and attempted to copy (not traced). On top of that, everything I drew was pretty much while being bored during classes. Drawing during my plethora of free time wasn't something I did often, as such, my artwork and creativity has never really improved.

That was 12 years ago. This year I've made it my mission to finally learn Flash, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop because during an unemployed coupled of months this summer I realized I sure as hell don't wanna bartend for the rest of my life and would like to accumulate skills in these three programs for future endeavors.

I'm not saying I'm trying to make a living off my webcomic, I'm too late for that gold rush. If I had started 12 years ago when there weren't 200 new webcomics popping up every day to add to the 50,000 that are already on the Internet, it might have been possible.

The thing is, I've been a bartender for around 7 years now. My clique of acquiantances have been nothing but tattooed dudebros that sleep with 10 broads a week and ridiculously hot women that I constantly scare away. Despite them all being big parts of my life, I found myself constantly staying home on the ToonZone Forums or IGN on nights when everyone got together to go out clubbing or to parties.

I've just never been part of that world, even while inhabiting it. No one I know can sing "Moon Revenge" in Japanese from the Sailor Moon R movie, but I sure as hell bet there are people reading this that can. In the last year I've come to realize just how much I've needed to fully embrace what I am and forsake all that is "real life".

The only time I ever feel "at home", the only time I ever feel "comfortable", the only time I feel "surrounded by my real friends", is when I pull up a seat to my computer desk and turn my computer on. You've all given me so much entertainment over the course of the last 12 years, it's time I gave something back.

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