I recently participated in Career Day at my son’s middle school. I decided to talk about my comic coloring work, including how I got started, why coloring is an important part of the visual narrative of a comic book, and what they can do to pursue a career in comic arts.
Now, about an hour before I had to go and get set up at the school, I received a work related email that gave me some news I didn’t want to hear. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed out when I arrived, and I was trying hard to put on a brave face when the last thing I wanted to do was talk excitedly about coloring comics.
Luckily, the kids were really great. I had to do three 20 minute sessions and each group was fairly quiet and rounded out the session with thoughtful questions. There was no shortage of kids that liked to draw (manga, mostly), and had detailed questions on how to color their own artwork. It was actually pretty fun, and I’m glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to participate.
Now that email I mentioned, that haunted me for days afterward. I mean, it really threw me for a loop. I generally can take a rejection or bad news. I told myself I’d give myself a day to wallow, then I’d get back to it. But it lingered in my mind and affected my work in the following days.
Then I got a packet in the mail from the school. It was full of thank you cards from the kids that had come to my session. And I have to say, sitting and reading those was one of the biggest spirit lifters I have ever had.
I mean come one. How sweet is that?
No, you have something in your eye.
A lot of them drew me pictures.
Plus I’ve got a future job lined up!
This is just a sampling of 50 or so notes that I got. It was pretty awesome, and definitely helped me push past my angst. So thanks, kids! I’m glad you had fun.
I’ll leave you with one last note…