I’ve been working as a freelance journalist since I graduated from college a year ago. Albeit with a strong emphasis on the FREE aspect, it was a welcome breath of fresh air from my 9-5. My real job, as some people would call it, was working in a video rental store called Xtra-Vision.
Xtra-Vision, for anyone who doesn’t know, was an Irish Branch of Blockbuster that was sold off when the company fell into a financial black hole. It is without doubt the worst job I’ve ever had and believe me I’ve worked some crummy jobs in my time. But I got stuck in a rut and like many others became dependent on the pay check when the downturn struck. I ended up staying with the company for seven years.
Sometimes I think back to the young man who joined the company, full of enthusiasm and eager to make his own films one day. Then I remember how that place slowly drained my ambition to want to be something. It made me bitter and hateful. That’s why I eventually decided to go back to college and study journalism. Even though they made me work the busiest shifts around being at college full time, I stuck it out.
When I graduated with a distinction I was delighted but I still felt like I hadn’t achieved what I wanted yet. I hadn’t put my stamp on the world. I was still in Xtra-Vision. Still under they’re control. So after seven good years of employment, I told them where to go and I walked happily out the door.
At this stage I should say that I have a 9 month intern-ship with a local newspaper set-up for next year. I wanted to give myself sometime in-between to adjust to not being a constant salesman.
Slowly I began to feel like the person I’d used to be. A person who wanted to tell stories, who was passionate about film and comics. A person who wanted to make something. Something he could look back on and be proud of. Something like minded people could look at and enjoy.
So I decided to give myself a short break in-between work to try create something the old Shaun would be proud of. I’ve decided to write a comic. I’ve done my research on submissions, unsolicited scripts and basically how hard it is to get published. A task probably made harder considering I live in Ireland, which has a small but expanding home-grown comic scene. having said that there’s a fantastic self publishing movement in Ireland at the minute. If anything the self publishers of Ireland have given me confidence that if they can do it, then why can’t I do it too.
Now the reason I’ve brought you this far, is that I plan on detailing my attempts to get a comic book script, written by yours truly, printed and published in Ireland. And if I can manage that much within the time limit I’ve got then maybe, I can say with confidence, “I have achieved something.”
So here we go!
If you’re an artist, a writer or someone with a similar background then please get in touch. Talk to me about your experiences and maybe I can share something I’ve learnt along the way. Also if you work within the Comics industry and you have any advice, please share it. It’ll not only help me but maybe someone else in a similar position.
Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon with an update.