Thursday, 23 August 2012

Inspiration comes in many shapes

I think most indie comic book folks were a little surprised yesterday to find themselves being inspired by Robert Liefeld.

Liefeld is a long-working comic book creator, and one of the original founders of Image Comics, who is often ridiculed for his drawing style. Entire websites have been set up to poke fun at his sense of anatomy and lack of feet.

However, when he announced on his Twitter feed that he was walking away from the three New 52 DC titles he has been creating, he did so by sending a charge to all creators to stick to their guns, work on their own ideas, and make something for themselves.

I'm not going to speculate on the workings of DC, nor talk about Liefeld's work too much here, but I felt very much inspired after reading through some of his comments.

It's hard to create in a vaccuum. It's hard to know if anyone cares or likes what you are doing. But sometimes, knowing these things isn't the point.

Yes, it would be great to be sitting on a million dollar idea, to have fans the world over wax lyrical about what one does... but, as I've said before here, sometimes we have to create for ourselves.

Thank you, Mr Liefeld.

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