The First Web Comic: Dime Store Heroes

The last few days have been quite exciting.

After working on our own comics for the better part of three years, me and my writer: Kyle McNulty are going to be publishing our first web comic. Not knowing much on how to make a comic book professionally, as well as only having the two of us to work on the project, him and I had to do extensive research and  learn many-a-lessons through experience to accomplish our goal. After creating our own fictional universe, creating original characters, writing all the drafts of the script, and illustrating 36 pages of story we are on the final steps before launch.

We have been working and learning for a long time and I know that we have the chops to take this project to the public and have an entertaining story for all to enjoy.

It is called Dime Store Heroes and it tells the story of four friends who are less than admirable who aren't afraid to cheat and lie a bit to get ahead in life. All shack up in the same house they get by with odd-jobs, thievery and selling pot until the life they live comes collapsing around them, literally. After a monstrously clandestine experiment goes wrong underneath a prison, a massive explosion sends particles of irradiated matter all across the city of Chicago and gives certain people super human abilities. As a giant piece of irradiated machinery traps them all in the basement of their house, the four are exposed to the equipment giving them all unique abilities. Once rescued, they are experimented on, studied all while being monitored by the evil corporation who owned the prison lab. They are eventually released where they are free to cause mischief and mayhem.

Our project aims to tell a different story about super heroes and get rid of the super- exploring how super powers would be used if only for selfish gain, vandalism and chaos.

This being a fun concept, I hope it gives us the amount of exposure necessary to establish us in the comic book community because we have many stories that we want to tell. Especially now, we have taught ourselves and learned so much that our next project will be even better than out web comic debut.

What is Best In Life?

I had an epiphany the other day- I couldn’t take my life any more. I mean, not in the sense where I can’t embrace the reality that I live in- well, maybe my reality is slightly different than others, maybe we all live in our own realities….no Jon, this is not a philosophy blog- get back on track.

Okay, so I have been studying art forever, over fifteen years, and I have always wanted to be a professional illustrator but the opportunity never presented itself. I blamed everything- society, America, lack of opportunity, the art industry, myself, it didn’t matter. In the end it was deeper than that- I was sick and needed to get treatment- because when you got a condition you need to take your medicine. It got to the point where I could continue in the direction of becoming a working class man and use my body at an hourly rate to make a living- this was the solid option, the safest- or change my path and take a chance on achieving my dreams. I knew that I would never be happy in a 9 to 5 job and I spent too much time studying art and practicing my craft to simply give up.

And it was as simple as that. Continue with the day job and crush my soul underneath the weight of conformity and monotony or take the risk and project myself into the life I want. Sure, it is a high-risk/ high-reward kind of situation but to be honest, if I don’t do this and become the artist that I want to be I won’t have many reasons to go on living. Now I know that sounds depressing but because of my condition I can’t help but go into dark places and when you got a condition, you gotta take your medicine.

Now I am not just spinning my wheels here, I have organized all my work, completed my portfolio, written an artist statement, created a website, revamped my social media pages, studied marketing strategies, learned how to utilize social media, completed all my previous projects and I am ready to launch a web comic soon that is also turned into a podcast. I still have a long way to go but I have renewed confidence that I can embrace the challenges ahead.

It’ll take a while to get to where I want to be so I need to focus on exposure and creating a fan base. In that way I can start making some serious headway on generating a comfortable living wage.