In just these last four years, I've EXPONENTIALLY outpaced the earnest start of my comics career that I THOUGHT I had mustered in the years prior. The idea that you don't really know how far you've gone until you get there is so much MORE than true for me. I thought I had done something. Been somebody. I was decently known in my little sector of the 2814 (or so I thought), having racked up some fans, friends and comrades in the continually growing comics mecca of central Ohio.
PSHAW!I hadn't done nuthin' (if you'll pardon the double-negative)! Not socially, not creatively, and certainly not professionally. Don't get me wrong; my aim ISN'T to discount the connects and creations I had made up to that point -- just recognizing, with a little retrospective recognition, how large that ripple grew to be!
Then vs. Now BY THE NUMBERS:
Average shows a year - 4 to 15.75 (Growth of 393%)
Books with my name of them - 7 to 34 (Growth of 485%)
Max distance traveled (for a show) - (then) Chicago, IL (now) Seattle, WA (Growth of 634%)
Things grew, as I said, exponentially -- a verbose term usually, but I promise -- if those numbers don't wow you at least a little, you may already be dead...or superstar colorist, Jeff Balke!
|NOW! Well...sorta...Appleseed 2013! But still!|
It's true; I have seen some things and been some places. But, it's only informed me of how truly far STILL, I have to go before my name resonates with the Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendises, Jim Lees and Joe Quesadas of the world! That's why, despite my growth and accomplishments thus far, I'm calling this the "High School Years" of my career! In fact, I'm reviving our brand magazine, On The Horizon with 'The Year Book Issue' -- a COMPLETE editorial of my take on what these past four years have done and mean.
At its core, I believe this gave me a taste of what life has in store, IF I can maintain my focus and dedication. These years have been wonderful and dynamic! I look forward, not just to four more, but DECADES -- all spent in pursuit of story and with all the love of comics I can muster!
But...before I go. How about a hint of what's to come...?