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Usually when people ask me what I do, I answer with a generic “I work at XYZ” or “I do XYZ.”

But, my background is way more extensive than this.

I’m a writer. I’m an artist. I’m a licensed and ordained minister.

I also have a background in Broadcast Journalism and have spent a lot of time in videography and photography.

As my interests and passions changed, I learned to give more simple answers to what I do versus who I am. I’ll never forget the time I mentioned what I did when someone asked me only to berate me for having such an extensive line of things to mention from my previous career experiences.

Haters gonna hate, right?

So, over the years, I have given my answer a 3 word response as far my background:  Author, Minister and Cartoonist.

Boom! Done!

I say “author” because I’ve been published and am publishing. But, I suppose the more accurate title would be “storyteller.” In fact, storytelling is something that has fit my overall experiences as a Journalist as well as a writer and media guy.

And, between you and me, the term “storyteller” is something that the Lord kept bringing up to me over and over again to this day.

While all of this is well and good, I’m actually desiring to make a point here.

Sometimes we get everything in our lives confused as it relates to what we do and who we are. While yes, you are a writer, a cook, a minister, a doctor, a lawyer, a construction worker or whatever.

But that’s just right now!

You’re not your job!

Your job or career is what you DO right now! That could change at anytime!

And for some people, that is horrifying! For others, it is a welcome opportunity to embrace and experience the other many activities that you might not have known you’re good at.

This is a scary reality for many.

A lot of people base their whole lives on a job or a way of life and are left devastated because they have centered their whole identity around said career choice.

So many people try to chase after a career or a pathway to success but forget that they should focus on what kind of person they should become or are becoming.

My personal faith in God and my relationship with Christ keeps all of this in perspective for me.

I’m first, a Christian, before anything else. I’m a follower of Christ before I’m a doctor so-and-so or reverend whomever or lead whatever. From that relationship, my identity is shaped. And, I learn of my greatest strengths and my greatest weaknesses from that.

What I do is what I do today. It could change. In fact, I anticipate their to be some change.  And it is okay!

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24 days remaining on my Kickstarter! Tough, but exciting, all at the same time.

Also, I just finished reading more than half of what John Saddington had to say about the great ups and downs of running a successful Kickstarter program. He has a book that’s available for this and I think it will benefit you as much as it has for me so far.

I want to add that Mr. Saddington helped me with a LOT of what he shared on his blog when I started blogging and writing online in the first place. The rest is history needless to say.

I’m using the weekend to make sure I keep my hand on the plow and continue to show people what “By and By,” my webcomic, could be if  (and when) the Kickstarter is fully backed.

My hope and prayer is that people do decide to give something to help in my cause to create something that everyone can feel good about…content that children, teens and adults can read and get as much excitement and laughter out of if as I do.

Other great cartoonists and artists have contributed to the creative sounds of the internet and the world and I want to do the same.

I’ll continue to do the same.

Fan Art & Kickstarter

February 13, 2016

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Doing a bit of work on my Kickstarter (Go here to support) and while promoting I met someone really cool on Instagram!!!

This kind person created some really cool fan art for my original character, Walter Ayo, of the webcomic “By and By.” 

I haven’t had fan art in a VERY long time so this was really cool.

The fact that my webcomic has the potential to inspire and excite other creatives and entertain and enlighten readers is really powerful to me.

It is also VERY humbling!

THANK YOU so much @crystal_and_giggy_arts of Instagram.

 
So, WOW! Thank You SO much! It’s only been 24 hours and we are already at $35.00 int he Kickstarter campaign. Very cool!

I have a lot of people whom I have been helping me and sharing great advice on how to go forward and I am not taking any of the help for granted.

I was encouraged to give you all a better idea of how the funds, should the campaign be fully funded, will be used.

Needless to say, not a bad idea should you all be wondering what I’ll be attempting to get for the strip.

Counting The Cost

Currently, the only tool I’m needing in order to make “By and By” more standardized much like other webcomics is a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 that is valued at $899 and a Surface Pen for $59.99.

With your help the cost from out of pocket would be reduced immensely.

I’m aiming for a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 over an Apple iPad because of the Adobe suite…specifically, Photoshop and Illustrator. To add, I also have the ability to do a bit more with a laptop feel with the Surface Pro compared to an iPad.

Also, drawing on the tablet is so much better on the Surface Pro 4 than on the iPad. The sensitivity and the pinpoint accuracy of the pen to the Surface Pro screen is remarkable and it only keeps getting better.

I also understand, however, that as an artist and all-around creative, this is just my preference and not merely a review to end all reviews.

Why Support

Yesterday, I was listening to someone talk about knowing their “why,” and understanding the purpose behind what they do and how important it is for us to reach people.

With cartoons, I can do that. I can watch a cartoon series and pull a life changing lesson out of it. I can create my own cartoons and tell a story that lifts up the oppressed and the depressed.

As a kid, I constantly watched cartoons as a means to escape…to escape the bullying…to escape my personal struggles…to escape anxiety…now, I use it to help give life and set free countless children and adults who feel like they need an escape.

While my webcomic is a bit different, that’s the whole point, to be different and to express it and embrace it.

And I want to give that gift to someone out there whose in need of knowing that he’s not the only socially awkward guy out there whose a bit different from the world. And…I want them to know…that it’s okay. He, or she, is not alone.