THROWBACK THURSDAY! With Man Of Action! #SDCC
(L-R): Duncan Roleau, Chris Chua, Joe Kelly, Kurt Christenson, and below, Steven Seagle. Joe Casey was too cool to be in the picture so he took it.
Ten years ago I went to San Diego Comicon for the first time, my very first time on the Left Coast even. I was there pitching legendofliquidfury, a 200 page, black & white, sci-fi/fantasy, kung fu revenge graphic novel, drawn by the amazing & insanely talented Chris Chua, and we were sitting with the Man Of Action team at their table as they were pitching Ben10 to cartoonnetwork, following up their run on Superman & then X-Men. We had a breakfast meeting with Richard Starkings of Comicraft lettering fame, who had his own imprint at the time, Active Images, which published bizarre black & white graphic novels, a perfect fit.
Sadly, when the artwork was finished just a few months later, Active Images had folded and we had become frustrated with the process, and honestly, working with one another. After three years of toiling away on the comic, hitting conventions and hocking our awesome 64 page preview to indifferent fanboys, talking to every and any comic book professional we could, and well, ultimately I had a severe panic attack on the comicon floor, and we both just gave up on comics after that. I said I’d never come back unless I could do it my way.
Man of Action has always been my inspiration, ever since Joe Kelly, who was the first writer to read my work, helped push us, and introduced us to Starkings. But I always referred to myself as “just the writer” back in those days, with no idea of how to sell myself in a visual medium. Two months after this picture was taken I turned 28, moved to the Lower East Side in NYC, and started working for the paparazzi as a photo editor.
A decade later living in the city and eventually Brooklyn, and I have learned how to not only sell myself, but everyone else as well, promoting and hyping up all my friends who do everything from burlesque to rock bands to fashion design to comedy to acting and more. Now, I host a podcast, Comicbook Rockstar Radio, recorded at a legit studio, as well as co-creating the revolutionary digital comic book series powerplaycomic, and I’m about to launch kingscountycomics, part social group, part comic book publisher.
Dreams die if you let them. But making them come true, well, it takes a hell of a lot longer than you can imagine. Just keep at it. Look at that Suburban Loser Comic Geek up above and then the man I’ve become today to see what you can evolve into over ten years if you put your mind to it.