The World Today (The Next Day)

The World Today (The Next Day)

Briefly, I thought about deleting the post from yesterday.  This morning, however… I think it’s important to leave it.  Most every artist and human being will experience times when he or she feels as if a hopeless struggle is being waged.  My grandmother was a nurse for Ed Dodd, creator and cartoonist of the Mark Trail newspaper strip.  He faced rejection after rejection.  She informed me on several occasions that he came very close to throwing the strip into the trash.  It’s beyond difficult to convince a stranger to care enough to publish your work.  The bottom line is that I’ve written and illustrated work of merit, a 160 page graphic novel, which is very close to my heart.  I believe strongly in it.  There is no doubt that it will be published someway, somehow.   Conversely, it’s an understatement to say that the publishing industry is in a state.  Is Barnes and Noble about to go out of business?  What does it say about the state of the publishing industry to note that a founder of the Savannah College of Art & Design’s sequential department is having to do a Kickstarter to fund his book?  What does it say when Noelle Stevenson, show-runner for a popular animated series like She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, has to seek out alternative means of funding her publications?  It doesn’t say good things, me thinks… regardless, it’s important to document my thoughts here on my blog and share the process… a process that will include highs and lows.  With yesterday being a low, let’s make today a high…