Last month Mercenary Bound turned 2-years-old. Time flies, it seems like it was yesterday when I started. I began posting on Tapas, and then Webtoons, after Smack Jeeves, The Duck Webcomics and then created this website so that it can have a permanent home. I remember when I first started, it was a leap of faith on my part, I just started without thinking about it. I began to plan and wrote out the outline of what I wanted to happen from beginning to end on index cards. Some things have changed while others stayed. For one, Tameka was going to have a talking sword, but I scrapped the idea.
I began the prologue as a test to see if I could actually make a comic page, I succeeded and continued on and here I am 2 years later still planning and thinking about it. I feel I tend to learn more by doing than sitting back and just thinking of the ideas. Of course, I’m still not as good as I want to be by putting my ideas into action and a lot of ideas get stored on a piece of paper and put into my bin. I usually go into the bin and look at the stored ideas and one day I’ll put more into action. One at a time though. I cannot explain why I started this idea out of all others, besides my writing, and shared it with the public compared to others. I just wanted to. I believe and invest in myself.
Nonetheless, this webcomic has taught me a lot such as much I can push myself, how much more drawing and skills I need to hone, and how dedicated and persistent I could be. I’ve made many mistakes with this comic and I’ve learned recently that we should learn from our mistakes instead of retreating from them. I learned we should do better the next time around.
As a person who fears mistakes, this was a freeing revelation. I used to just create without looking back at my work and if I did go back to my work, I would cringe at what I was looking at and be embarrassed by my work and mistakes. It would make me not want to continue. I’d compare them to my current page and know I was improving but I never looked back to examine what I could do better the next time around and I think that’s something I was missing. I am sure I’m going to cringe at my current ones when I get further in the webcomic. That’s the learning process and I find it fulfilling to experience.
There are many roadblocks such as my mindset and life’s demand that get in my way but each time I surpass these roadblocks I become stronger.
If anyone is considering making a webcomic or any other creation, just start. Learn from your mistakes and continue creating. You’ll become better, wiser, and stronger overall. Be patient with yourself as well.
Now onto many more years in creating.