Today, sixteen years ago I was in a bad spot. I was back at Roses, I was depressed, and a friend had tried to kill himself months before hand. My life was stagnant and terrible and I didn’t know what to do. The Christmas before hand I’d done a comic and like everything else in my life I let it sit and never picked it back up.
So I decided to work on it. I did that comic and posted it the same day. It wasn’t great, but it was a start. I showed it to my friends and they said “Great. Good job.” A few days later I did another one and showed it to my friend Austin.
“What? You did another one?!” The shock and offhanded disdain in his voice made something snap inside me. I started working on a full story out of SPITE. Five years later I finished Kota’s World. By that point I was doing it out of love and enjoyment. But it all started today. It started out of a need to be better than I am. I continue today, sixteen years later, out of a need to be better than I am.
The most fitting way to celebrate I think is what I’m doing. I’m bringing Kota’s World back in September.
I want to take a minute to thank all of YOU. I started for myself. I continue for myself, but I could really KEEP going without you out there on the web reading this stuff. I’ve got stories to tell. Silly ones. Epic ones. I’m so happy you’re along for the ride. I hope you’ll stick around for the next sixteen years.