Brant was a fan of comics as a kid and it stuck with him into adulthood. These days he's also an aspiring comic creator. This column discusses his personal journey from fandom to the annals of the creative society that is the world of comics. Brant's current comic series is Wannabez and this is his journey. (If it's you're first time joining him, you can visit the link at the bottom of the article to start the journey from the beginning.)
FRIENDSHIPS AND CONNECTIONS
2009 was off to a good start with the interviews and the newfound friendships. But with winter upon us and no shows in our immediate future, it became quiet for the most part. I was working more and more with Comic Related, but still not to the level I am now. I was still only writing occasionally for the site, but that would soon change.
I believe I mentioned that Scott and I had a signing, but I was too sick to go and Scott was sorry he came to get me as an hour and a half drive took him 3 hours in the ice and snow that day.
As March and April approached, my involvement with Comic Related continued to grow. Scott and I had talked about doing MegaCon in Florida in March, but it ultimately didn't work out. But by April I was posting like a mad man on CR, and that has only increased over the past many months. I had loved doing that kind of work with Silver Bullet, and now I was able to do that again and was having a blast doing it.
As April and May came along convention season started up for us all. We had Comics for Cures, Free Comic Book Day and Gem City all in a row. I'm really getting ahead and behind myself here as I'm forgetting the chronology of events, but at some point, Chuck, Katie and Darren welcomed me in to be a more permanent part of Comic Related. Later at HeroesCon we would all agree to add John to that permanency as well as the five of us became partners, a little talked about fact around these hallowed halls. I only bring it up now to express how honored and humbled I was at that prospect, and how much it has meant to me to be a part of it. It was a partnership born out of contribution in part, and friendship in majority, and these are friendships I wouldn't have dreamed of having two years prior, and ones I am thankful for every day.
This week's column is going to be a short one - a bridge to a few specifically dedicated ones in the coming weeks. I could easily get ahead of myself with this column as I have started to do several times.
I only wish to address that through Comic Related I have been able to forge friendships that I believe will last a lifetime. And I've also been able to strengthen other friendships, such as those with my Zone 4 brothers. And I've made so many connections through CR and through conventions, which are also thanks to CR, that have lead to various projects past, present and future. All of these will be expounded on beginning next week.
This is the 30th column, and it has been quite a ride. Soon, the column will catch up with the present at which time I will reevaluate the direction and frequency of the column. But never fear, there is still plenty to share on the journey of this Wannabe...
Past Columns - Start the Journey at the beginning! Click here to check out all the past Journey of a Wannabe columns.
Brant W. Fowler / Writer, Letter, Creator, Reviewer, Columnist and Comic Related PR Coordinator
Brant W. Fowler has been a professional comic book letterer and logo designer for three years, and has been a freelance editor for the past five years. He has also worked with graphic design, writing and many other area of skills for several years honing his talents. You can learn all about what he's up to by visiting Gonzogoose Design. Brant is also a member of the core operations team at Comic Related.
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