Browsing articles tagged with " Motivation"

A Much Needed Kick in the Ass

Apr 3, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

As I mentioned in a previous post, the story for the second issue of So-Called Living was less than stellar according to those who read the early script. I can’t stress how important it is to have a group of people you can trust to tell you that your story is shit. Sure it’s nice to hear how “awesome” your story is from your friends and family, but in the long run they are not helping you, but If you’re the kind of person that takes criticism badly and sulks over bad reviews, then chances are your friends aren’t going to tell you the truth, even if you ask for it, that’s just the way it is. I’ll admit, when given a bad review, I probably appear angry or upset, but never with the reviewer, always with myself for not doing better or catching the problem from the start. If someone doesn’t like your work and you trust their opinion then there’s a good chance you have to go back to the drawing board (or in my case the keyboard), and that’s just what I did.

I wrestled with different ideas in my head for a few days, and then yesterday it hit me! I ran down to my office and started writing, and you know what? The story is sooo much better for it. So in the end, after the smoke of criticism clears and you get down to what really matters (maximising your potential), you’ll be all that much happier with the end result, trust me.

FanExpo Goals

Mar 7, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Being that both me and Jamie have day jobs, making a comic on the side can be hard. It’s really not so much finding the time as it is finding the motivation. You see, both me a Jamie draw and write for a living (for video games not comics), and it gets hard to put in 8 hours of that everyday and and then go home and do it again, and I’m sure I’m not the only one out there with this problem. It might not be comics, but we all have dreams to do something more with our lives, to accomplish something, to get noticed, and it’s not easy. What is easy (unfortunetly), is to get too comfortable in your current situation. I don’t know about you guys, but personally it’s always been an uphill battle when it comes to actually sitting down and getting it done. So if you’re anything like me, here’s a tip. Set personal milestones for your project, tell yourself, hell tell other if it helps, that you will get project X done by date Y and then do it, don’t go back on your word, no excuses, just do it. And I don’t mean set a date like “sometime this year”, I mean pick a specific date, August 1st 2012 (for example), or set a bunch of smaller milestones to get you across to that date. So don’t say, “I’ll get the book printed and on the shelves by this date”, take it a piece at a time, for example:

March 17 – Final script

March 24 – First pass story boards

April 6 – Character concepts for Jack, Jill and Nick


Taking it in small pieces like this is the way to go. It keeps you focused, and gives you a better handle of how much time you actually have.

Now, with all that said, me and Jamie are hoping to have issue #1 of So-Called Living ready to show at FanExpo 2012 in Toronto… fingers crossed ;)