With comics, amazing things are possible.
That’s the energy I bring to each and every comic I create (yes, even the funny ones) and is what I teach other creators to embrace, too.
You’ll find that and everything you need to make comics here…on the blog, through online courses, digital templates, and so much more!
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Comics used to feel like a club I couldn’t join…
The comic book stores that I was tickled with curiosity to visit were miles away and felt intimidatingly masculine. When I got there and pushed past the fish-out-of-water feeling, the titles they stocked were superhero centric with ripped characters I couldn’t relate to. Despite that, comics still had a magic to me.
The outcasts becoming superheroes and mutants rejected by society whispered to the part of me that felt like an alien in my own world (the same part of me that bonded with Seth Cohen on The O.C. every Tuesday on FOX.)
Eventually, I discovered Ghost World which opened my eyes to alternative comic books that told stories I hadn’t seen before. Real people. Real situations. The same magical feeling.
It felt like a large cosmic spotlight guiding me to realize: I could make my own comics (colliding my background of art, writing, and filmmaking), tell the stories I wanted, and also make the comics I once couldn’t find. The comic book store would’ve felt very different to me if I’d been greeted by Enid and Rebecca and not Superman and The Hulk. That was my first brush with the power of reaching beyond the mainstream.
Years later, after I began my comic making ride, I evolved more: shedding a layer of the life long anxiety I’d experienced to find a more zen way of being. It shifted how I thought and expressed myself—and the creations I made followed along.
After seeing so much—too much—of society’s exchanges rooted in “defend and attack” mode, I couldn’t write comics into existence with that same aggressive spirit.
…And with media placing emphasis on what people can do for us instead of what we can do for ourselves and others, telling rom-com stories—you know: the girl-gets-the-guy tropes where “the one” is all that matters—had so much less appeal.
But I don’t judge comics, or any other form, that still tell those kinds of stories. I’ll never get over loving You’ve Got Mail (even though Joe Fox turns into a creepazoid at the end 😉) and blabbing about Captain America this, Guardians of the Galaxy that. Because, with everything, it’s more important to see the heart in something or someone, even if it’s not representing 100% of where we wish it’d be…
The exciting part is we can be part of the change to break the status quo and show a more self-loving, all loving, enlightened kind of being along the way—welcoming others to the comic club just like Ghost World did to me not so long ago.
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Things I’m passionate about.
I have a Hulk-sized passion for equality in comics…
Amplified. Represented. In a real way.
Making sure that women are projected as more than just the “fantasy”. a.k.a. more than hot pants and boobs. Proving them just as strong as anyone else.
Because comics can be anything and for everyone.
Not just 12-year-old boys.
Not just Superman, Spider-man or Arm-Fall-Off Boy (yep, he’s a real thing.)
I want to see a universe where a legit superpower is being accepted as human. However we are. Where guys can cry, and not be thought any less than for it. Where the disabled are portrayed as amazingly capable as they truly are. And men can love men, women can love women, or not be attracted to anyone at all. Where there’s a world of religion, cultures, and races represented. And having the same diversity behind the scenes too.
Comics aren’t a boys club…or a girls club either. And they’re not a certain people club. Comics are an equal people club, telling equal stories (anyone can create comics + kick ass at it!)