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[Death to false comics!]Joseph Matthew Alberts
I've been pretty busy with my Stanford University online classes in computers and business, but I'm actually kind of starting to miss drawing comics. I mean, I know I'm not paid for them, but there are other rewards to having comic book work to share than just money. If I wasn't so good with computers I'm sure I'd have had more material to self-publish online and in print by now.
Why I still draw comics,
....Despite and IN THE FACE OF the Comics market
To put it one more obvious way as to why I still pursue comics after so much struggle and strife, sales figures aside, it still comes down to finding a niche. Finding a market void or need, and filling it like a hole in the wall with the paint and cement of my Vision. Ultimately though, I'm drawing comics for myself. It works like this. I have no money. I'm too broke to even buy ONE comic made by anybody else. So because I'm so broke, impoverished, and poor, by creating new comics to satisfy my own reading needs, I'm solving other people's problem of not having anything good to read. I can't aford to buy other people's comics on places like Lulu and Amazon, so I create and invent my own stories and comics to pass the time. The need doesn't come from me making money. It comes from me solving my own problem of having nothing to read and being bored with too much time on my hands. It's a utilitarian approach. I'm solving my own needs first, and filling the void of the needs of the comic book and manga market SECOND.
Also, looking back, I'd definitely consider END TIMES / Parallax to be what people nowadays refer to in architecture and the sciences (which I am refering to in old and new media terms here) as a megaproject. I'm the creator of one of the most ambitious, grandiose creative projects in the history of the world. All in my spare time, and all for free. When the project concept is this ambitious, you kind of have to do it that way. Not because you want to, but because you have to to get anybody to listen to you. Now if you'll excuse me, I have an Orlando office in Florida to get back to. Well in 2014 I will have an Orlando office to settle into anyway.
On an unrelated note: It's pretty cool to see famous and successful comics such as Megatokyo and Spawn pay homages to End Times in print and online. I find it quite flattering. The End Times logo is kind of a part of my whole comics thing.