I can talk. I can talk and talk and talk and talk and talk! You give me a little bit of information about something and I can create a sales pitch around it, package it for a presentation and then deliver it sprinkled with enough humor that the client will want to buy the product AND the presenter, all at the same time! Did I mention I like to talk?
On the opposite end of the scale one of the drawbacks to being a cartoonist is that I can spend vast amounts of time by myself staring at a drawing board with no human interaction. This can be for hours and sometimes even days. I have been known to loose entire weekends and holidays in the pursuit of a deadline. Currently there are no windows in my current office so even if I did look up I couldn’t tell you what time of day it is anyway!
And there between those two differences lies the problem.
A long time ago I read somewhere that “it is the responsibility of this generation to pass on their knowledge to the next generation” and I one hundred percent agree. Basically, if we didn’t ,how would there be any advancement of anything? More importantly thought I see it as if you don’t pass on knowledge and/or passion how will anyone get it? I realized this about a decade ago when I first started talking to groups about my background and cartooning.
Since then I have spoken to THOUSANDS of students in Studies, Assemblies, Libraries, Schools, and Comic Book events. While I don’t get to every student there are those four or five that, out of the group, really seem to understand what I say to them and have the drive to want to keep going.
I am fortunate, after to talking to young people about the art, I benefit from it as well and it gets me a little excited to go back to my own drawing board to work on my own things.
How lucky am I?