Okay. Get ready. Here goes.
As anyone who's followed my Journals or knows me personally knows I have a history of being agro in regards to my "finishing school" and how they didn't prepare me for the comics world, but instead compounded my already fragile self esteem by repeatedly issuing an almost orthodox message of "you're gonna fail".
I may be late to the party, but I've caught wind that Peter David had a Stroke and of course you can go to his website and buy his stuff and help him by buying from Crazy 8 Press (google it yourself, I'm already past my bed time). The noteworthy John Ostrander has written about how Freelancing is a tightrope walk and a sad sack story here; [link]
I am sick and tired of the Comics Professionals "preparing us for the rocky reality of the comics world." Tommy Zimmerman at Q-bert described it thusly "it's like someone is grabbing you by the shirt and saying 'it's gonna hurt, It's Gonna Hurt!' "
The essential failing of the comics community and least through my little fisheye lens is it's grand failure to find out what actually fucking works and to abandon the demoralizing tactics that I was brought up with. The message of "you're gonna fail and if you succeed you're gonna fail" is a self-fulfilling prophecy of being foredoomed to failure. It's been 13 years
since I've been out of Kubert and I can't say whether the curriculum has absorbed CBT on dealing with low self worth or overcoming blocks and moreso How to Fucking Thrive rather than ruminate on Self-Doubt and brainwash yourself to failure. Protip; we already do that without your help! We need an industry that cultivates the garden and nurtures the vine not just throws down herbicide and and says "See! Eeyore was right!" Enough with the disservice to future creators by putting them in the same box you're in. Most up an comers get that it's not going to be a bed of roses so rather than prime the pump for failure at least let them fucking try instead of brainwashing them to fail like some bloody cult!
In closing I give you a Ted Talks on "how you will FAIL to Have a Great Career" that ironically and rhetorically addresses the naysayers who regret their life and the choices and posits an alternative. TLDR; Unless! Yes, what the Motherfucking Lorax said. [link]