Ok, now, picture this: you're in fourth grade. You're sitting at your desk. Your teacher comes in with a bunch of orange seeds. There are also small pots filled with dirt. Now, the teacher begins handing out these seeds and pots throughout the classroom.
You're sitting there. Wondering. Waiting. You get your own seed and a small pot with dirt. Every one of each has been handed out. Then the teacher proceeds to show you how to peel carefully the seed. After carefully doing so, you're taught how to gently split it open in half. And you're surprised by what you find.
You see in amazement there's something that looks like a very small, kind of white leaf beginning to creep out of it. The teacher explains how that will indeed, eventually turn into a leaf. And keep growing to eventually be a tree. After that sudden encounter with a life forming in front of you, you're told to make a small hole in the dirt, plant the seed into it. You cover it up. Then everybody takes turns at a small sink, to put some water on it. Then you take it home.
Most everybody brings their pots back. Some never really did, because they didn't take care of the seed and didn't get to grow. There you are. Sitting anxiously at your desk. The teacher looks over each pot. Then it's your turn. You get an "A" and a cool sticker. The new born trees are taken away to be planted elsewhere. And you day dream of somebody eating an orange or drinking juice from the very tree you helped grow. While putting that sticker on your notebook as a proud reward, like a trophy.
If you've made it this far, you may be wondering..."what in the world does all this have to do with comics!? Are you doing gardening comics, too!?". Though that concept sounds interesting, no, we are not (...for now....). This has nothing, and at the same time, everything to do with comics.
That's it for me for now. Until next time, take care, and plant the seed in what you are most passionate about, my friends!
-Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Ortiz Jr