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October 30, 2007

Thought Of The Day…

Filed under: Ramblings — M Kitchen @ 9:56 am

This morning I was thinking…
“Each day should bring you one step closer to your goals. If it does not, then you are making poor use of your life”.

On a semi-related note, Dave Sim wrote on The Blog and Mail
“No, the ability to make comics doesn’t get taken away, but the ability to produce them quickly – which is really the core element of successful comic books: not only being able to produce them but being able to produce pages in sufficient volume to hold an audience between issues — does erode as you move from your thirties into your forties. The idea that you will always be able to produce comics at the same pace originates in the sense of immortality that everyone in their twenties and thirties possesses. “I will always be like this.” Well, no you won’t. The decision to do CEREBUS as a monthly until I was 46 was a decision only a twenty-three year old could make.”

It disturbs me that my most productive years have not been used to create more comics.


  1. I’m sure what Dave Sim says is true for him and most people, but saying that your most productive years are behind you isn’t necessarily true. Look at Will Eisner.
    You’ve still got 8 years before you are out of your 30s, and a lot can happen in those 8 years. With that said, use your time wisely now. Think about how much of Spud and Harry you did in 2 WEEKS!! If you’re spending most of your time over thinking, try to spend more of your time doing instead of over thinking.
    For Dave, he found he slowed down (but his mindset was different too. He just completed a huge 300 issue project, and your body switches gears and slows down), and I’m sure you do slow down in your 40s, but in your 40s, I bet you won’t still be trying to work 2 jobs either. A full time comic gig, is a lot easier than trying to do a full time animation gig, and a comic gig. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Worry about today, and today only. I bet if you look at what you have to do, one day at a time, you’ll actually get more done, because your energy will be spent doing, rather than stressing.
    Yesterday I was walking to a studio to drop off some work, thinking of all of the things that I had to do, and I started to feel stressed. I stopped and thought “right now I have to walk to the studio. That is my job right now, and until I get to the studio, I can’t do anything, so I’m just going to enjoy walking to the studio now”. So much energy is wasted on worrying about tomorrow.

    Comment by Blair kitchen — October 30, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

  2. Aren’t you the motivational speaker today!

    Yes, as the years tick away, I find myself looking to Will Eisner. And Jack Kirby.

    I think your approach of “right now I have to walk to the studio” is the correct approach. In the same way that Dave said for 2004 “right now I’m answering the mail”. It’s a logical progression of steps. My personal summer project was to remove stress from my life, and I found it really is a matter of changing your mind. Do what needs to be done at the moment, and take joy in it. Do what can be done. Make the necessary steps towards the future. Things beyond our control need to be let go of. No time should be wasted on worrying.

    Still, I’d rather be making comics.

    Comment by M Kitchen — October 30, 2007 @ 2:06 pm

  3. Me too.

    Comment by Blair kitchen — October 30, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

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