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WOW!! I am so blown away by your feedback on the last update!! You all provided so much valuable insight and I am SO VERY EXCITED to apply what I learned from the discussion! I cannot thank you guys enough! You are all AMAZING!! I have the best readers in the whole world. *hugs you all!*

Lots of thoughts rolling about in my head lately, so I decided to put some of them into a video. Trying something different than what I usually do – more of a ramble/chat format. The topic: What kind of artist are you?

ALSO! This is the last week to submit your auditions for the LeyLines book trailer! Script and more info here!

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Children visit this site. Moderate your language accordingly.

FYI – you do more to foster good conversations with your readers than any other comic artist I’ve encountered online. That’s part of what drew me in as a regular reader.

So, yeah, you’ve collected a pretty thoughtful, communicative group of fans, but that’s due in no small part to the ways you engage with the people who pass through your space.

Two things: Amazing Cover page!
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Third time I’ve watched/listened to this video and it still inspires me and lets me know I’m not alone in my fight to help people learn that they already ARE creative. Thank you, Sister Robin! ? :`D

I’ve helped dozens of adults quietly learn to allow themselves to create art and/or sing who had given up after being brutalised as children by being told to “mouth the words”, etc. by elementary school teachers or choirmasters, and being laughed at by other children.

A story: One man (age40)I sat at the piano with and asked him to try to sing back each note as I played it on the piano went red as beet, was literally shaking with fear, and his hands dripped with sweat. All we had to do was find his vocal range. He could hit those notes perfectly. He has since gone on to write and record his own songs. I get so mad at the DIS-ablers out there! Therefore bless you, Robin and others like you who ENable and RE-ENable people around their creativity.

Your story had me tearing up a little! I know what it’s like to be held back by fear, and to have someone help you overcome it.

When I was young, I was dancing and singing around the house. It was really annoying my little sister, and eventually she snapped, “Robin, stop it, you’re ugly when you dance!” I was so crushed!! For all of my teenage years I was petrified of even attempting to dance. Every time, I’d hear that ringing in my head. Finally, in college, one of my friends decided to throw an 80s dance party. I really wanted to go, but I was so scared. She said, “It’s the 80s — big hair, big make-up, big fun! Dress up so crazy that nobody will be paying attention to your dancing.”

So I tried it.

And it worked. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now instead of thinking how “ugly” I am when I dance, I think of having a grand ol’ time clomping around in 3-inch fake skin-snake Good-Will boots, purple sequins, bright orange eye-make-up, and hair teased a foot off my head.

It sounds like you’ve given others that same gift with music. I’m so honored to have somebody like you keeping me company on this journey! Let’s keep helping the world learn!

Woman, we are too much alike I swear to god. I’ve been wanting to help people learn and inspire them to create for a long time now. Day job has been getting in the way. Stupid day job. And I love the way that you engage your readership. I want to do the same so badly but sometimes… I just have a car chase on a page and there’s nothing really “conversational” about it! So I end up just throwing the page in the queue.

(I see that stuffed Appa behind you. You cannot imagine the depths of my jealousy.)

Also. Epic cover page.

You know, if this whole independent-creator/engineer thing doesn’t work out, you could always be a motivational speaker. I would pay you to stand behind me and say stuff like this all the time.

A thought about masters: sometimes the old guy sitting on the front stoop in the ghetto is more of a master philosopher than the PhDs, he’s seen it allโ€”good and badโ€”and drawn a depth of wisdom from it unparalleled by philosophy texts. You won’t learn Mississippi Delta Blues from a star performer to the extent you do hearing the unknown old guys playing unknown clubs in and around the Delta. Growing up there, I was fortunate to hear live some of these guys, who learned it from the original ’50s blues guitarists who invented it, and you begin to understand you’re hearing/feeling vibrations of these raw, guttural. soulful songs expressing the catastrophic, the pain, the reality of a horrible, violent time in American history (Jim Crow, KKK Mississippi and Alabama) that birthed Delta Blues (no one explains this better than Cornel West, I recommended everyone search ‘youtube Cornel West bluesman’). The originators of Delta Blues channeled pain and marginalization into very compelling music that went global. But Eric Clapton is protege. To hear the masters, come with me to Florida Street in Mobile, Alabama.
It’s like, sometimes the Jedi master is the little green alien, not the tall underwear model-looking guy. And because creativity is, by definition, aberrant thinking, masters are more often eccentrics like Michelangelo, DaVinci, Mozart… innovators are the “different” people.

Because of how arts and sciences have historically been funded (neither Michelangelo nor Sir Isaac Newton’s work would’ve gotten exposure absent uber-rich sponsors). This system, with the masters existing only in and around wealthy elites, created a pretentiousness with a life of its own. The internet has put the last nail in the coffin of those elitist attitudes, but a few dead-enders remain. The internet has democratized all visual art on a previously unimaginable scale, the future is bright. The premise of my youtube videos “Future of Comics,” the first one focusing on LeyLines, is: the democratization of comics has arrived, whether you’re on disability, a professional artist or an engineer, you can create, all quality comics have the opportunity to grow audiences with help from their friends.

Nick

You make a fantastic point about the historic context where this attitude may have evolved from. I hadn’t considered that aspect of it, but I think there’s a lot of truth there! Almost as if this “greater than thou” outlook evolved as a way to fit in with the wealthy elite sponsoring the artists.

I’m very excited by the future of media in general. For the first time perhaps in history, we no longer depend on gate-keepers to define quality for the masses. The interaction is directly with the consumer, not the editor or marketer or agent. While this has created a lot of noise, it also makes things possible that previously were unthinkable!

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