Remember why you liked comics in the first place?
Our Comics Empower Project continues!
This time, Jonathan tells his story:
When I was about six or seven, my parents bought my first comics.
Though it was years before I was allowed to read them, due to me not taking care of them that well.
Comics would become one of my inspirations in becoming an artist.
If there was one thing that always drew me to comics, it was the artwork by incredible artists. I would learn to draw by studying them.
My very first comic series that resonated with me the most was Spider-Man. The fact that he could do amazing things and yet still have problems like most people have made him an idol for me, especially where I felt that very few shared my interests.
Then, when I was 17, my love for comics returned after a long hiatus when I bought some trade paperbacks and was introduced to Image Comics and Top Cow.
I was greatly inspired by such original and creative stories that weren’t the usual superhero genre.
Comics like Witchblade and Red Sonja introduced me to incredibly kick-ass women who could be both powerful and sexy at the same time.
It also introduced me to some of my artistic inspirations, including the great Michael Turner, J. Scott Campbell, and Stjepan Sejic.
Thanks to attending cons and meeting new people, my love for comics has now grown stronger than ever and it still continues to help inspire my creativity as these artists show that I am only limited by my imagination.
Comics have empowered me through art, just like the heroes that inspired me as a child and they have proven that anything is possible with determination and passion.
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