An Unexpected Admonishment
So here’s the thing… If I’m going to be totally honest, I never really got into comic books. What I really loved were the newspaper comics. When I was a kid it was “Peanuts”. As I got older I really enjoyed “Bloom County”. I was also really drawn to the off the wall humor of “The Far Side”. I couldn’t wait to read the funnies when I got home from school. Occasionally I’d get ahold of something a little edgier like a Matt Groening book or MAD magazine, but I wasn’t into those “serious” comics like X-Men or Mary Worth.
OK, I did like Spiderman-Man, but that’s because he made wisecracks. Basically I liked comics that were funny. That serious stuff blew because it was always a downer. It was like reading my homework assignments. Key point: I hated homework.
Now that I’m older, I can enjoy those less-than-whimsical graphic offerings, but I’m still very partial to comedy. For someone who loves humor as much as I do, I sure do find it hard to be funny.
The thing is, I kind of painted myself into a corner with this storyline. I just couldn’t think of a zany, comical solution to resolve this arc… so I turned to heartfelt drama. God, I hate that shit. But still, I’m not going to abandon it. I’m finishing what I started. It might suck, it might be a bummer, but I’m finishing it.
How will it end? Your guess is as good as mine right now. I’m writing this as I go.
Oh, and just in case anyone was wondering: No. The storylines and characters I create do not have any parallels to my life. I work in a manufacturing plant, and I don’t shit where I eat. I dream up the characters in my imagination where they live out their imaginary lives, then I try to turn that into “art”. Quite frankly, my life today is joyously boring. I am thankful I don’t have to live through this kind of drama in real life.