Make it Yourself!

Here’s my pep talk of the day:

You do not need a company behind you to create anything. You do not need anyone’s permission to write whatever you feel like creating. It may be harder to go it alone, but you have total control and own the rights if you do.

This young guy in Sweden, Adam Samberg, made Kung Fury all by himself in a basement with his $5k. When he had a trailer, he did a Kickstarter and made enough to do a short film, and now Sandberg is doing a full-length feature because he’s got full backing from the movie industry.

When I decided to do Espers, my first comic, I produced it myself. Eclipse Comics only distributed it. I had to pay the artist, letterer, and colorist myself. I called up some of the best cover artists at the time to do the covers. It was a huge gamble for me and I lost money, but it launched my career. It led to me getting a lot more work. In order to get ahead as a creator, you have to create something first. No one cares about your dreams until you do something with them.

Sandberg busted his butt to make that trailer. And it paid off. I also worked hard on my first book and it paid off with a career and I have a lot of comics properties that I own to show for it.

The tools are out there for you like never before. What are you waiting for?

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