Hi Everybody!!! Only 1 more sleep to Bent-Con 2013!!! I'm just so freakin excited!!! Bent-Con is so much more than a convention for me. It's almost a family reunion. It's the one time of year that I get to catch up with so many of the artist that I admire and now call friend. I get to meet fans and hear their direct feedback. I always leave with new friends, fans, and motivation. I learn a lot and more importantly - I have A LOT of fun! This year is extra special because my very own comic is finally making it's debut! I won't bore anyone with the struggles of getting to this point because if you've been following my blog for a while you'll have somewhat of an idea already, but despite how frustrating or depressing any of those struggles were, I'm grateful for them. It's here and the joy taste all the sweeter because of all those struggles. Allow me to share some of the lessons I've learned getting to this point... My experience with being part of the Bent-Con Team, has revealed to me just how many amazing artist out there will allow themselves to be deterred by any obstacle. We are our own worst enemies as artist, writers, - Creatives. We're our own worst critics, we're harder on ourselves than anyone else, and as a result we doubt ourselves way too often. When these feelings are combined with circumstances that we have no control over, it's overwhelming. So overwhelming - that giving up will seem like the right thing to do. I've been disappointed with just how many amazing creatives I've seen who do just that. The last 2 years have not been easy at all for me. I was pretty much past the place of self doubt and over criticizing. Those things had become ambient noise that I rely on to check myself and motivate myself to push myself out of my comfort zones. But I wasn't prepared for the onslaught of circumstances that were just out of my control. Alpha personalities like mine don't accept the concept "It's out of my control" very easily. It's mostly a strength to a fault, but when it's a fault, though - it often makes for more stress than is necessary. Alphas will most likely try to FORCE something rather than accept and go about it another way. If I've learned anything in the last 2 years, (and I've learned A LOT), it's just that. The fight isn't always won with stronger punches, sometimes you just gotta roll with them and strike when you can and prevail through endurance. So, if you're a creative and theres a project you've been working on but shit just keeps happening - Keep at it! "If you're going through hell, KEEP GOING." - Winston Churchill That said - THANK YOU to all of the fans and followers who have stayed with me through such an "Off and On" couple of years. The remainder of this year is gonna be a transitional one for the blog as I prep for a BIG year of celebration in 2014. I've recently experienced some of the advantages of Tumblr and have worked out what seems to be a good plan to continue with the direction I'm taking this blog. So, follow me on Tumblr!
There isn't much on there just yet, but you'll have the jump when I do start uploading art and interviews. In the meantime, you can enjoy the pics I post from this year's Comikaze and Bent-Con. I'm also on Instagram and Twitter. I also have a new fanpage on Facebook that is in a very similar state as my tumblr at the moment. Feel free to follow me on any of those and all!
While I know it's silly to think ALL of you will be at Bent-Con, I hope that all of you who will be - will stop by and say hello ...and buy my comic book LOL! Enjoy the rest of your week, Folks! -Jezza