Leija’s video couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Yesterday, I got an offer that could eventually put my book into the mainstream markets. Sounds great, right? Going mainstream could mean that I’d make a lot more money, and I could even have a book deal! However, going mainstream would mean that I would have to change Starkeeper’s artwork, and let someone else do it.
I express myself through my art, and I am not able-bodied, nor will I ever be. I draw a certain way because of my Cerebral Palsy, and if I have to hire another artist to change my art, just to fit into the mainstream idea of comic art, then I’m not interested.
There are many other roads to success, and like Leija says, it takes time. I don’t have to be the next Stan Lee or Alan Moore to be successful, I can be me. Glee talks about that a lot, and oddly enough, this week’s episode discussed trying to fit into mainstream ideas vs. being yourself.
I’m not changing my art for anyone, and one day soon, you’re going to hear me ROAR!