I don't know how many times I can start one of these posts with my usual "here's why I love indie comics" love letters. But receiving an email from this book's creator asking for a review, made me feel something different. I felt a sense of kinship with the author, very simply, from the "why he wrote this story" explanation at the bottom of his email. He says "Having recently become a father, I wrote these stories intending to capture some important life lessons for my daughter when she's older."
That is one of the greatest reasons why you could write. There's a hot discussion in the culinary world about whether or not you cook for yourself or the guest...and which answer is the best. I've seen shallow versions of the same discussion in the comic community, but I think Ryan's motive behind creating this book and sharing with the world is a true combination of both. I remember feeling the same way Ryan did when my first child was born after many difficulties to have a child, and then how I felt with my daughter born 10 weeks early, and then how I felt when my wife told me she was pregnant with our 3rd child (we didn't think we could have kids naturally...)
I'm prepared to die on a hill for my kids. Each day there is a hard look in the mirror at all of my actions, where I find myself asking if I did everything not only to better their lives each day, but if I did something that would raise them to be an amazing human being in the future.
Aside from my "crying on the couch with Oprah" moment, I am really excited to talk about today's First Creation from Ryan Bis (and his team):
Curiosities from Another World #1 (Curious Perspective Comics)
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...