Monday, November 21, 2011

The Rookie Season (Bx3 Letter to Readers)

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(This post is going to be a little different.  It should be obvious that there is no finished comic posted above these words.
Some stuff has come up this week- and with the upcoming holiday I won't have time to finish a new comic until next weekend- so I'm taking this opportunity to write a little message thanking everyone that has read Bx3 so far.)

The occasion of this post, (other than not having a new comic to post) is that we're coming up on the one year anniversary of BounceBounceBounce.  I had various reasons for starting the comic. I had spent too long not doing something I greatly enjoy- drawing and creating.  The last time I did a comic on the reg' (it wasn't about basketball) was when I was a freshman in college.  Elton Brand and Steve Francis were the co-rookies of the year that year.  It was a long time ago.

Of course I also started Bx3 because I also love basketball.  ...and comics, but only a small percentage of comics spoke directly to my interests.  I lived in Japan for a couple years after college, and some of the most popular comics there are sports based (comics were the only thing at my Japanese reading level).  To my knowledge there are very few sports themed comics in English.

So I started Bx3 with a rusty drawing hand, a slowly dying but powerful laptop I inherited from my generous brother-in-law (thank you), and just a general sense of what I was aiming for.  At some point I realized if you want to make something you've just got to start making it (deep).  So I did three comics, thought they were good enough, and posted.

At the time of this posting we are on comic #42. I didn't quite make it to 52 in the first year (sorry), but 42's not bad for someone working a 50 hour-a-week full-time job.   Looking back, like a rookie in the NBA, I've had some consistency issues, some endurance issues, and I've been searching around a bit for what exactly my game is.

I wasn't sure initially how much of an audience there would be for such a thing either. I can genuinely say though that I've met some great people through the comic already (Hoopism guys, Wayne Washington, Yago, Dante, Felix, Doug Merlino to name just a few), and I've gotten great feedback and support from readers.  The online basketball community is unmistakably awesome. I'm not getting thousands of hits a day (or even 100's most days), but then again it's only been a year.

I think we're getting somewhere.  I have a vision of what I want to do with this- and I'm working to get there. If you'll keep reading (and maybe even telling others about it occasionally???),  I'll keep working on my skills, putting in the reps, breaking sweats, and working through the drawing-hand cramps in pursuit of (hopefully) providing a little basketball themed comic entertainment.

Whether there's an NBA season or not, I've got characters to develop.  Basketball lives in the alleys and parks and school gyms and minds of fans everywhere.  This comic is partly for me, but it's also for the game of basketball itself and the devoted players and fans of the game. If only I can get my game up to a level worthy of them.

Here's to a sophomore season working in that direction..

Thanks again (you know who you are).