I mean do you think there's a future for you in this business ?
|Posted: 17 June 2018 at 10:31pm | IP Logged | 3
That's kind of the ultimate question, isn't it?
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Seeing this incredible drawing makes me miss the characters I grew up with and new creative work from JB, the creator whose work has been a huge part of my 40 years (!) of reading comics.
There's no doubt a future in modern comics for JB if he wants it. I want him to want it, the same way that I want anyone who is excellent at what they do to do it in his or her field. There is a loss when a great songwriter stops writing songs, when a great athlete stops playing, or when a great chef stops cooking, for example -- because some people seem to have been put on this planet to do what they do better than almost anyone else. The realization and fulfillment of purpose is a beautiful thing.
But I realize it's sort of selfish to think that JB should produce new comics work or commissions just because he can do it better than almost anyone who has ever done it and because I want to enjoy new work. Obviously, JB can do the work. But should I expect him to do so? He owes me and his fans nothing, and if he has lost interest in favor of engaging in other pursuits, it's hardly my business no matter how disappointing it is. Or how tragic it is to know that such great gifts and developed skills go unused. We all need to do what we can to enjoy our brief time, however, and for JB, maybe interest in writing or drawing for public consumption has passed. There is no obligation to act on great ability.
But if you are ever on the fence about it, sir, keep in mind that with great power comes great responsibility . . . which is a not-exactly analogous way of saying that with your great ability comes our great hope that that ability is implemented.
In any event, the drawing that began this discussion is fantastic. It captures why I have enjoyed your work for decades while expressed in a different style, if that makes sense. Thanks for sharing it.