In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you.
This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover it on the podcasts, we’ll get to it here.
Each week you’ll get a reader issue covered by one of our Workshop gang – this week it’s Ken Drab from Rick the Stick.
Today’s issue is from Keith C. Smith of Karmic Debt:
Is there a point at which someone should just stop pursuing the crazy dream of comics? I mean after years and years of just not making it should they just throw in the towel?
Aaaah, this is interesting to everyone because inevitably if you’re in this game long enough, you’re going to ask yourself the very same question. But the answer is actually very simple. The point at which you stop pursuing the crazy dream of comics is… when you stop. Honestly and truly, only you can answer that. Because you’re the one that has set your own milestones for success. You’re the one that’s pushing yourself to pursue that crazy dream.
But that type of answer usually never helps – does it?
So, I’ll chime in with my thoughts as to when I think it’s time to hang it up. Frankly, when it stops becoming fun and you get to the point where you have to force yourself to make a comic. When the frustration from not achieving your steps to success are not being met. When you’d rather be doing something else.
You know, no one ever really brings this up, but it’s not a crime to put down the pen for a week. A month. Even a year. There are no rules that say you can’t take the time to step away and get that creative spark back. Sure you may lose some audience and momentum, but stepping away and coming back with a different perspective and the knowledge of just what you’re in for (because most of us jumped into comics not knowing full well what the investment was). Which leads me back to…
You. You’ll know.
Now that I’ve babbled on, what do you guys say? Do you have better advice? I’d love to hear it and I’m sure Keith would too! Help us out!