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“Comics Taught Me to Relax and Enjoy” – Izabella’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Izabella tells her story:

When I was a kid I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with life, so many ideas of what I wanted to be were flooding my mind and I didn’t really have a break.

I didn’t have a lot of friends and I was more of a shy book worm than anything.

So one day I went out of my comfort zone of regular books and started reading comics.

The first actual comic I read was a new age Spider-Man comic. I was so engrossed with it I got the other copies the library had and then I just got sucked into the comic book world.

So really comics made me start thinking about how I could relax and enjoy things. I mean I was a little kid worrying about my life and a who planning system was done already.

I also got into Japanese comics and anime, but really America comics will always be my first love.

They taught me just to relax a bit and enjoy all the things life wanted to give me.

Now that I’m older I actually understand all the things comics made me enjoy and even make friends over the years.

So that’s my story of how comics changed me.

Dead is the new Alive

Find out more about Izabella on her Twitter page.



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“Comics Continue to Inspire Me” – German’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, German tells his story:  

“Inspired by them, changed by them, helped by them”

Comics have done all of those things but for not just for me, I guess… but for every single person who grew up reading batman, superman, Spiderman, the X-Men, among many others, and watching the animated series from late 80’s and early 90’s watching DC heroes, marvel heroes and antiheroes as well. It always, kept my imagination high, my expectations high.

These comic books characters always inspired me to become somebody who I haven’t become yet.

They decided for me since an early age of 7 years old that I needed to draw, and wanted to be an illustrator and realistic painter.

All of the sudden they became into my inner voice, the child’s consciousness.

Batman was my biggest inspiration, he was so independent from all other super powerful heroes, Batman was a common human being, although multimillionaire but human, he is a struggling person.

He lives in a constant struggle that never ceases. That’s why he is more human than Superman, and don’t even tell me about the Joker. What a magnificent character he is even more human in a very crude way than Bruce but definitely a really complex and contradictory human character.

Comics did made a huge influence on me, and continue to inspire me.

These great artists that illustrate this Amazing stories and color artists who make the experience way more incredible and humanistic. I couldn’t define myself as a warrior, but definitely have the spirit of that fire inside me, because of the Comic books and animation series from my childhood.

I keep insisting on becoming not a superhero but maybe an illustrator of superheroes.

 

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“It Takes a Special Person to See Past the Art and Words” – Miz DeSade’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

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Comics have been an eye opening experience for myself.

My first comic was the A World Without Superman Graphic Novel.

I had to save up lunch money to get it at a local convenience store while hoping other kids on the bus didn’t beat me to the only copy of it.

I was amazed at the detail put into that comic, and at how long it was.

I really have never been into X Men, or Avengers, but more of the obscure comics, by Neil Gaiman (later), The Crow, and Lady Death.

I am greatly inspired as well by the mini comics created by Ultimate Warrior as well even though they were not traditional comics, but more like comic art with inspirational quotes he found profound.

Lady Death inspired my drawing, as well as my mind, being I connected to the nature of the story as well as the characters on both sides of the fence.

The Crow became a huge part of my life, and it was at that point I realized who I was by relating to the story and imagery as well as being blown away by the movie when it was made.

It itself allowed me to embrace the real me and helped break down societal facades placed by those who deemed that version of reality on me.

It taught me to not care what others think, and to go for what it is I feel right is for me.

I wouldn’t be creating the art I do today if it wasn’t for my love of comics, even though it is not comics I create.

Comics also speak loudly and if you are willing to listen.

They will empower you with a state of mind you may never knew you had.

They are often the voice of those which many do not see, or notice.

It takes a special person to be able to pick up a comic and see past art and words to feel the emotion, as it takes a special person to create this world from their mind.

That special person will be able to see past barriers placed by those afraid of their own shadows, and will allow you to experience worlds in the dimensions of other’s minds. This is how comics have empowered me…

 

You can find out more about Miz DeSade on his Twitter page.



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“It Took 30 Years for My Dream to Happen” – Andrew’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Andrew tells his story:  

My first superhero fascination started with Spider-Man cartoons, Batman with Adam West, and The Adventures of Superman with George Reeves. I was glued to the TV set every time they were on.

I pleaded with my Mom to buy me comics, she argued the fact I couldn’t read yet. Through shrewd tactics, I convinced her to buy me comics whenever the occasion arose.

My favourites were Spider-Man, Avengers, and X-Men to name a few.

As the years went on Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer and Punisher comics amazed me. Comics were getting more violent and I liked it.

I had this feeling as film was getting better with technology Comic films would start being made.

Batman was a good start even though I didn’t like Michael Keaton as the lead role.

Then came Spider-Man and X-men.

The graphics were getting good anything is possible on film.

Now, the cream of the crop. The Avengers. It took 30 odd years for my dream to happen. It was worth waiting for.

Comics not only taught me how to read, they opened my mind to many new avenues. They made me who I am today.

A 46 year old who still loves, lives and breathes comics today.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Find out more about Andrew on his Twitter page.



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“Every Comic Has Something New to Show Me” – Mich’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Mich tells his story:  

I like comics because it is a kind of art that many people can’t understand.

Or maybe they haven’t gotten the chance to read a comic.

In the end, it’s a kind of reading good stories, of superheroes, of bad people doing good things because they know they are doing the right thing, of spectacular people fighting their demons.

I like comics because every story has a type of adventure, and a type of character that can show you something different about life, about not giving up, about fighting until the end.

Finally, I like comics because everything I read is different from the previous story, and every comic can help me and other people to know how could be living in Sin City or in the URSS with a Superman or in Greece while the war between Greeks and Arabs, while kings are dying because of the life of their people.

Every comic has a story, every comic has something new to show me.

 

You can find out more about Mich on YouTube and on Twitter.


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Trying to Make Money as an Indie

How does an indie expect to survive in today’s environment?

How does an indie find a way to be profitable? Or at least break even?

Where do our podcasters land at the end of the day: The side of art or business?

These are the subjects we delve into in episode #8 of the Comics Empower podcast!

As you know, the Comics Empower podcast is a 100% honest, behind-the-scenes look at how indie comics companies work.

If you want to hear some honest talk, click here to download the latest episode!

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“Comics Taught Me I Can Overcome Anything” – Christian’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Christian tells his story:  

Comics taught me I can overcome anything.

I had a rough childhood and I could easily relate to the characters in the super-hero comic books I read. They never gave up and they were powerful, and still they knew they could learn a new thing each day and be better.

I grew up with the New Teen Titans, I was their age and we learned about the world together. How wonderful that was!

Stories have always been my thing, whether at work or in my head and that’s something I’ll always owe to these silly little funny books.

Christian Zamora-Dahmen

 

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“Persepolis Made Me Rethink the Value of the Graphic Novel” – Star’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Star tells her story:  

Star

I started with Naruto, in my 3rd grade-school years, where its distinguishing style made a memorable imprint in my brain until as of now.

Kishimoto’s way of rendering and executing his artworks had a heavy impact on my style of art (I even keep an artbook of Naruto!).

During my earlier university years, I got to meet autobiographical forms of graphic novel including Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, which made me rethink about the value of the graphic novel as a unique storytelling medium.

Her way of approach I highly regard as something very mature quality-wise at the same time very accessible to audiences of any age. She actually helped me to better focus on women in comics, which I’ve also taken course of as well.

 

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“Comics Help Bring Dreams to Others” – Kelly’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Kelly tells her story:  

Kelly

I think we all very young, are endowed with great creativity.

That is what allows us to create worlds and stories that open our childhood dreams and exploit those ideas and dreams through games and other things children did.

But something happens over time. For some reason we stop dreaming, creating fantasy worlds and unfathomable universes. We disconnect from our the reality that was such a big part of our childhood’s reality.

The comic book worlds came into my life at a very young age. But at the time I didn’t really understand what they were about and access to them was limited. I only had access to those worlds through the television series.

I remember a long series of X-Men 1992. They were sensational. I enjoyed them and remember them now nostalgically.

But something was born in me then, and I wanted more of those worlds!

So I found another way to capture many ideas, so many stories and worlds that grew on me constantly, many universes sprouting in me. I found a new me. I was drawing, to illustrate. It was like a door opened in my life, it gave me the opportunity to bring these characters to the real world. And that’s what comics are to me.

They are the means by which we bring to life many worlds and universes that we create, is that door, those who dare to enter, are fascinated and want to have more and more.

It isn’t just creating them that captivates me, but also to be part of them, to be confident of many stories and secrets. Comics help convey dreams to others, allow us to nurture the minds of those whose creativity died – we awaken and revive it. We awaken and revive the child in all of us, which has gone into hiding or has disappeared.

Comics allow us to go beyond the real world.

 

Find out more about Kelly on her Facebook, Twitter, or her Google Plus pages.



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“Comics Gave Me Knowledge” – Ash Pure’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Ash Pure tells his story:  

I AM ASH PURE. ARTIST OF THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE. COME BACK TO TELL YOU. BE PURE. BE VIGILANT. BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER.

Comics have empowered me to become a fictional character. To become the master of my own destiny to teach me that  you must stand up for what you believe in, fight against all odds, be the best you can be.

Comics have helped me develop and grow from The Flash, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four giving me a rudimentary scientific understanding to then being able to hold my own against academic heavyweights intending to intimidate (knowledge of who the Maenads were and the noise they made, from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman). Against condescending suits attempting to out manoeuvre (knowledge of the 4th dimension from Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell). Against pseudo spiritual vampires attempting to overpower and oppress (Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles)

But more than that they have given me a language, a tool to fight my fight. To complete my mission, to save the world one panel at a time.

I can encode my universal message of cosmic truth into 2 dimensional sequences of text and image, where they can be absorbed as entertainment, bypassing the firewalls of scepticism and animosity through sheer escapism. Imagination beats cynicism every time.

The power of story, especially in comic form is the greatest power we have. Our first technology – painted on the cave walls. A statement of will, a statement of intent, simplified into potent, powerful iconographs. We take control over time and space in ink and in turn see it shape our physical landscape. Pure will over base matter. A buffalo with spears in it on the wall becomes a buffalo with spears in on the plains, becomes dinner, survival, growth, development, evolution. Us.

Comics are the direct continuation of this and now instead of buffalo we have Superman, a new ideal, a new goal for the human race.

Turn the page, click the mouse, swipe the screen. Let’s get there.

Now.

Find out more about Ash Pure on his Twitter feed and his homepage.




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