In my life, there are two stages I can clearly define about Bruce Lee and how, in certain ways, he has influenced me. When I was a kid growing up in New York I was fascinated by his movies. More than just the incredible fighting and action, it was in a way a bond with my father. Most of my childhood was spent without him, and those few moments we would be together I enjoyed things he enjoyed doing most. In other words, watching Charles Bronson movies, Mets games, and of course, Bruce Lee movies.
After moving to Puerto Rico and trying to adjust to the culture shock, for a brief period of time there was a channel here that actually transmitted Fox in the island. So that made the transition a little easier. During that period of months I had actually forgotten about Bruce Lee for a while. Until they transmitted on that channel "Return of the Dragon" (originally named "Way of the Dragon", it was renamed in the US to capitalize on the name of "Enter The Dragon" and try to pass it off as a sequel).
Also, I thought (and still do) that actress Nora Miao is simply gorgeous. And of course, it features one of the most iconic fight scenes in cinema history: Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris.
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it."
"If you put limits on everything you do—physical or anything else—it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there; you must go beyond them."
Riddled throughout my webcomic there are small nods to Bruce Lee here and there. As a tribute. A tribute to a human being who, even after his death when it was when I discovered his work, as I'm sure with many, has helped form my own identity, by giving me one of those few genuine moments of happiness with my father. By giving me what would become the groundwork for my attitude towards doing comics and life in general. Thank you, Bruce Lee, for being a creative force in many aspects of my life. Thank you all for reading if you made it all the way down here, take care, be safe, and I'd like to close this blog with these lines:
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."
-- Bruce Lee