A few days ago I arrived in Seattle to attend the Emerald City convention. Met with Dustin Nguyen and a few other friends to get a bite before turning in. I was already tired with the time shift, but Dustin and his crew are usually low key—just my speed at these shows. After a great dinner and two beers, we head back to our hotel—which was PACKED with other pros.
We all had that moment where we looked at each other and tried to decide whether we had the energy for another round. It was 3am in New York, so I was ready to get some sleep. It was hard turning Dustin down for another drink, but DAMN was I tired. And I didn't want to be half asleep while meeting artists I respected.
Now it's 2am Seattle time. I'm half asleep when Dustin comes in and lays it on me.
“You should have come down man. People were asking about you...” Or something to that affect.
“Yeah—sorry dude. I'm just so tired. I'd be afraid to say the wrong thing.”
“You know I know a lot of people in comics, right?” he asks. Now I'm starting to wake up. I feel Dustin about to lay it on me.
“Well, they all like your stuff and want to meet you, but I got to be honest—I'm ending up defending you a lot.”
Now I'm awake.
“I know you and I know you're passionate and really serious about this stuff, but a lot of people have the impression that you're really negative or something. You should try to open up a bit.”
An hour later, Dustin is asleep and I'm not. Thanks Dustin.
But he's right. People are curious about artists and it's not wise to hold onto your anonymity too tightly. I used to write pretty vitriolic posts here on DA which brought me a bit of heat. Not much, but enough to make me stop for the last year. And since then I've done nothing. And even though I haven't added to the vitriol lately, those nuggets are the last things I've said. So people can't be blamed for thinking that I'm an asshole.
So I'm going to try and change that.
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