Remember why you liked comics in the first place?
Our Comics Empower Project continues!
This time, James tells his story:
As a child, I knew of the finite frail nature of life.
The concept of safety and security was never truly given to my siblings and I.
It wasn’t because of mismanaged finances, poor relationships between the parents, but because of the insidious nature of Cancer, and its atrocious treatment: Chemotherapy.
My mother was struck ill when I was very young, and watching her fall apart in front of our eyes, was a tragedy and one that I will truly never forget. However during this time, my mother and father encouraged us to watch movies, read comic books and novels.
I discovered the power of art and its ability to draw you into another world and allow you to escape the world.
Escapism at its finest.
So from a young age, I became aware of my future. Comics, Movies and Novels became my escape, and ultimate I began to create the worlds. Starting with short stories, novellas and comic books the worlds that were just in my imagination, became reality and allowed my mother who was gravely ill to escape her world.
I never gravitated towards the likes of Superman, because to me, he’s an invincible man who’s only weakness is Kryptonite. To me James O’Barr’s The Crow, Judge Dredd and Alan Moore’s V for Vendettawere the books that attracted me as a youngster. They are about real people suffering, struggling to overcome pain in their lives. That was gold, that’s what made me feel that I was not alone.
These themes, these notions are what populate my collections to this day.
Truth be told, the countless stories in all of the movies, comic books and video games I grew up with, have all served the purpose of inspiring me and have literally helped me through the worst parts of my life. Then there is the day where one realizes that they too can help others escape the pain in their lives, and that day lead me to this day, where my film The Astronaut is about to run an academy qualification run, and my graphic novel Inheritance is readying for release. So to sum it up; Comics, Novels, Movies and Video games opened the world up to me, and that has made all the difference in my life.
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