This is actually my second attempt at being a blogger. I, like many other folk at the time, had a My Space account and for a time decided to share my thoughts and feelings with the world. I thought it would be fun to look over my old posts and see what I had written and how, if at all, my writing had evolved and it was there that I stumbled across this little ditty from almost exactly five years ago. I thought, given the content of my first post in this new blog, that I would re-post this as sort of a book end for my Apocalypse Comics days, this being the start of the journey. So unedited from 2007, spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and all...
2007, Life and Comics
OK, so the first month of the new year has already come and gone and
now so has my 25th Birthday. I have spent a quarter of a century on this
planet and I have begun to wonder if I have actually done anything
worthy with my life. And the simple answer is... HELL MOTHA FUCKIN
YEAH!!!!! If you thought this blog was gonna be a downer about my lowly
existence, then you soooo don't know me at all!!! I did however want to
talk about the love of my life, my passion, my destiny, my calling...
For those of you who don't know, I am Kettering towns Biggest comic
geek (and I'll challenge anyone for the title). I have been a fan since
childhood, spending many hours reading Beano, Dandy, He Man and
Transformers, but I really fell in love with the medium in my late
teens/early twenties after realising that this art form is not aimed at
children, but is indeed written and created by and for intelligent
adults who want to be challenged by explosive artwork and gripping story
I became so infatuated with them that I decided that I had to work
somewhere within the industry. My only two problems were that I have no
patience for writing and I can't draw for shit, so working directly
towards the creation of the books was out of the question. So I decided
that I am going to open a comic and collectibles shop with my best
friend and business partner Brendon. We made that decision 5 years ago
and I'm still working at the fucking train station. Not a week goes by
that somebody doesn't ask me "Whats going on with your shop, when is it
gonna open?" and I always say the same old shit back "We're working on
it, it's coming!" and the years have gone by and the excuses have kept
on coming and now I get the feeling when I talk to these people that
most of them are thinking "If you were going to do it, why haven't you
done it already?"
The truthful answer is, we have spent the last five years soaking up
as much knowledge about the industry as we possibly can. Trying to learn
tricks of the trade and coming up with solid strategies and business
plans. Five years ago we could have rushed into this business as naive
kids who didn't know fuck all and had to learn everything as we went
along only to go out of business in a year. Now we are ready to enter
the industry as business men with good heads on strong shoulders still
willing and able to learn new things every day, but also focused enough
to think more towards the future of our business.
Over the past few months we have been working feverishly toward
getting our website together. We have somewhere between fifteen and
twenty thousand comics in stock and each one has to be individually
logged and the cover scanned. We are now two weeks away from completion
and as soon as we are done we can hand all that data to the guys who are
putting our website together and they can get cracking. Meanwhile, we
will be looking into bank loans, tax & national insurance,
advertising and everything else we need to get this show on the road. It
is going to be a long hard year, but it will be totally worth all the
effort in the long run.
For everyone who has had faith in me and the shop, backed me, helped
me to learn, taught me new things about the industry that I couldn't do
without, from the bottom of my heart Thank You!!! I promise to do you
For everyone who doubted me, thought I would fail, said I was too lazy and that I should shit or get off the pot....
WWW.APOCALYPSECOMICS.COM is coming!!!! February 2008!!!!