For those of you who don't know, I'm subscribed to the mailing list of Writing-World.com. They offer great advice and resources for writers and have some great articles that I've found to be very useful.
This past week, as I had my PC revived after a virus attack, I got the email for the mailing list of new articles. This one editorial, written as usual by Moira Allen, was mainly about what reason one writes for, and the money aspect, it was titled "Whether to be Rich, Enriched, or Enriching....". It's a truly great article, but what really caught my attention was this paragraph right before the end:
"What I'm suggesting, and I suspect I'm preaching to the choir, is
that while we are happy to earn the coin, we're in this for a great
deal more. Those who are simply "rich" may make a splash in the
here-and-now, but are quickly forgotten in the pages of history.
Those who ENRICH are remembered, often for centuries -- even if
they lived as paupers."
Many of us that are in the indie comic book scene run into this dilemma all the time. Do comics to make it big, get signed by the "big two or three" or strive for creative freedom? It's like I read elsewhere, self-publishing is basically doing comics for the love of the craft because, 9 times out of 10, there will be no big money involved. That's not to say indie creators can't make it big, look at Robert Kirkman, Brian Micheal Bendis and Scott Snyder just to mention a few.
Personally, I certainly don't mind making a buck or two for the hard work I put on every single project I work on, but my goal is not to make millions or have the Escalades and big houses, I do this because this is what I love. I want to enrich readers with my works, and in turn, become enriched when they share their experiences with me about reading my work.
Knowing that I've made people happy, mad, cry, laugh or even scream at the computer screen with the universe that is Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord, and knowing that sometimes, in a way, help bring some level of distraction in someone's life is worth far more to me than any monetary gain. I do this simply because I LOVE to do it.
Again, not that there's something wrong with getting money out of this, God knows I'd LOVE to make a living off of this. This is just a matter of personal opinion and perspectives. When my time comes and it's my turn to no longer inhabit this good green Earth, I would rather be remembered as a creator who was passionate, that gave his all every time, that never mistreated other creators and gave every one fair treatment and equal opportunities regardless of their "style" or "level" of talents and someone who truly loved this craft; rather than be remembered as: "yeah, he was one rich bastard" XD
Stay tuned for another tantalizing blog post, stay cool, my friends!
~Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Otriz Jr