If you’re a comic creator, you may sometimes find it difficult to get motivated. In those circumstances, a strong sense of purpose can ignite the creative spark that you need.
I’ve written this article to do just that.
I’m currently reading the cult book ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ by Mitch Albom. It documents the true story of how Mitch’s former college professor, Morrie Schwarz, spends his final few months whilst battling a terminal illness teaching him the most important lessons about life and death.
Whilst there are plenty of ‘a-ha’ moments in the book, one passage in particular stood out as being particularly relevant for The Comic Academy.
When Mitch asked the 78-year old Morrie how he kept from envying the young, he replied:
“The truth is, part of me is every age. I’m a three-year old, I’m a five-year old, I’m a thirty-seven year old, I’m a fifty year old. I’ve been through all of them and I know what it’s like. I delight in being a child when it’s appropriate to be a child. I delight in being a wise old man when it’s appropriate to be a wise old man. Think of all I can be! I am every age, up to my own. How can I be envious of where you are – when I’ve been there myself?”
That powerful passage got me thinking about the act of creating comics. Or, more to the point, why it’s so important.
When we read comics, it doesn’t just help us remember when we were younger – we reawaken a younger self. Whether it’s the latest X-crossover, serious books like Maus or Persepolis, or challenging works by the likes of Chris Ware or Craig Thompson, the act of reading sequential art is a conduit that reconnects us to when we read comics as children.
No matter how old we are now, we get to be young again. How valuable an experience is that?
If you create comics, your work is important. More than that – it’s vital to the well-being of everyone who reads your work.
Never forget that.
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