I spent this past week working on Rudyard Kipling's poem If with my students at work. So, it has been on my mind lately. So, it has been on my mind lately. I decided to see if I could adjust it to work for making comics.
IF you can keep your deadlines when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust your creative vision when your collaborators doubt you, But allow that they might know what they are talking about too; If you can give an artist the time that's needed, without becoming frustrated, Or using twitter, don't deal in bickering, Or being reviewed, don't comment back, And yet don't have too slick a web page, nor too high-brow a blog:
If you can pitch - and not make pitches your master; If you can blog - and not make blogging your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; (no change) If you can bear to read the things you've posted Misquoted by a-holes to make you look a fool, Or watch your dearest project crumble, or be deleted, Only to open a new file and start again:
If you can throw lots of money into printing, promo, and travel, And stake it all on one single con, And have the turn-out be lousy, and then do it all again, And barely post a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and brain, To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!' (no change)
If you can speak on panels and not be a douche, Or talk with big name pros - and still geek out with fan-boys, If neither tweeting foes nor well-meaning friends can hurt you, If all fans matter to you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of script written, or panel drawn, Yours is the world of comics and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a comics creator, my child!