Finding Your Story
How does one discover his or her story? In listening to interviews with some of my favorite creators, I often hear the artist say that he found success by just finally putting everything together that he wanted to draw, or write about, and stopped trying to please an audience. Mike Mignola [“Hellboy”] comes to mind, as does Jeff Smith [“Bone”]; both these guys developed ideas that they loved, despite the current ‘hot thing.’ But how does one find that concept? How does one discover the story he or she really wants to tell? I find that answering this question is really hard (I’m assuming it’s hard for a lot people since there is so much derivative work out there).