A lot of people ask what this comic is about, well honestly I have a hard time answering that myself. Basically the comic is about my journey through life, the things I have seen, the ideas I have encountered, the ever changing universe that I find myself in.
The comic tends to be a tad philosophical in nature using parable and metaphors to convey the ideas I am discussing. Some aspects of the comic are taken directly from real life, others are altered slightly to protect the innocent, still others are spun from whole cloth. I leave it up to you, dear reader to discern the difference.
Let me tell you a story, about a young kid and an encounter that shaped his future.
There was once a young kid named Keith, now Keith loved comic books and would spend huge amounts at the comic book store. One day Keith came into the comic store only to find that old manager had been replaced by a new one. The new manager’s name was Mike, and right away Keith thought he was pretty damn cool. After a short time Mike decided that if Keith wanted to continue to hang with him he needed to read at least a book a week. Now Keith really did not like to read books, comics were much better than silly books after all, but Mike persisted and Keith relented. One of the first books Mike gave to Keith was a book called Illusions: The adventures of a Reluctant Messiah this one book shaped the way Keith would see the world and his place in it.
I am sure that each of you has had an encounter such as this, a pivotal moment that altered your direction in life, I have been fortunate enough to have several of them. I won’t bore you with the details of each one, suffice it to say the journey I am on has been enriched by each one of these encounters, good and bad alike. If you’ve read some of the comics you will see some of the way I view the universe shining through in them, one of the central themes of my work is that we all shape the universe around us. This view comes from both my belief system and some rather interesting science, the observer creates his or her own universe simply by observing it. I won’t really delve to deeply into the whys and wherefores of this concept but if you are still with me at the end of this post you’ll find a list of books that have helped this theory take shape.
What does any of this have to do with a comic you ask? Well, you can all blame Scott McCloud. Remember in Understanding Comics when Scott talked about what comics are not? Well go back and read it again! He said that nowhere was it written that a comic had to be about guys in tights going around breaking things…. it could be about anything, religion, philosophy, love , there are no limits to what one can do with comics. Comics are an amazing art form that I get a great deal of satisfaction creating.
I suppose now would be as good a time as any to discuss my influences (comic wise that is.)
- Wendy Pini
- John Byrne
- George Perez
- The Hernandez Brothers
- Scott McCloud
- Matt Wagner
- Bryan Lee O’Malley
The one thing you’ll notice about this list of influences is my style does not really reflect any of their work, but each one of them shaped my vision for what I wanted to create as an artist. You’ll notice as you read the comics that the art style is constantly evolving (or devolving depending on your point of view) I think that an artist who’s style never changes is just sort of sitting in one place and not making any great strides on his/her artistic journey.
So the whole point of this page was to explain, why I draw the comics I draw right? Basically because I don’t know how to do comics any other way.
*Here is a list of some of the books that have shaped my universe:
- Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
- Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hahn
- The Snow Lions Turquiose Mane by Lama Surya Das
- Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
- A Theory of Everything by Ken Wilber
- The Quantum and the Lotus by Matthieu Ricard & Trinh Xuan Thuan
- The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
- A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking