Despite the look of total exhaustion, this is a moment of triumph for me. There have been many times where I’ve doubted that I was good enough to achieve my dream. I remember vividly showing someone at university my artwork. They were very complimentary, but I just didn’t believe a word. I’ve always felt a big disparity between the ideal that I wanted to achieve and my actual talent, and there have just been so many times where I had told myself: I am not good enough. No one is interested in what I have to say. And to be honest those thoughts aren’t entirely gone, but holding my first ever published comic in my hands goes a long way to dispelling those notions. I guess, in a way I have actually achieved my dream. I can legitimately call myself a comic book artist, a cartoonist, a graphic novelist, a storyteller. But I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the constant support of people who saw something unique in me and my work. So whether it was a kind word, financially supporting the publication of this issue, or even a future purchase, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. It can often be hard fighting back my own relentless cynicism about my talent and work, but I guess it’s not really for me to decide that quality anymore. For the first time, my work isn’t mine anymore. It’s yours. I hope you enjoy it, I hope you gain something from it. Send me a message. Let me know what you think, be it praise or constructive criticism, or both. Thank you for being here with me in this moment.
Tales from the Border. Issue 1. Shipping internationally, today.