It seems, ladies and gentlemen, that I’ve finally found it. I didn’t need a map, no one told me where to look, and I honestly didn’t even know I was looking for it, but I found myself in a rut. Maybe not so much a rut, but whatever it is that everyone ends up running into that’s a real eye-opener, something that tells you Hey, things don’t get to stay so easy. It’s the experience where you graduate on time, you got “lucky” and got a job right out of college, and all of a sudden you don’t have time for anything, that “lucky” job wasn’t paying you as much as you thought it would, and your not-impressive-but-decent body suddenly grows a beer belly. That was my life a handful of weeks ago. I overworked myself to try and make the money I thought I’d be taking home, come home too exhausted to take care of myself, and just sat at the computer--not working on anything useful or productive like, oh I don’t know, finishing up Issue #2 of a certain zine, but binging on online games, or watching T.V. show after T.V. show. The ironic part was I also got addicted to hearing Gorilla Biscuits “Start Today,” each day on the way home. Maybe it helped get this show on the road? But anyways, there I was, sitting on my ass, smashing away at the keyboard, and I look over my side to see the full-length mirror on the wall, and the pale blob of a gut covering my crotch and said out loud, “What the fuck.” Not to mention no one likes living with someone who only focuses on getting to level 100 or doing your raids for the week. So fuck it, I quit. And by quit, I meant what that Gorilla guy meant. I’m gonna start today.
Obviously not today-today, cause you’re reading this, I hope. My descent into gluttony and laziness, and my subsequent recovery from it are the reason why you’re reading this in January, and not the previous July. I hit that rut, and I’m crawling out of it. I may not be where I was before I fell in, but I’m getting there. And I’ll keep the stories coming.
Before I knew for sure I’d be continuing the zine after my Capstone, I received a lot of support from friends, friends of friends, and family, and said something like “as long as people are there to help me out and bring content to the table, I’ll keep putting this all together,” because I truly enjoy it. Unlike getting your warlock to level 100, or getting the most KBs, this is one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life. It means something to me and helps us be better people. Not just me, but for everyone who helps out, who creates material, and everyone who reads the zine. We’re contributing to the skills and confidence of artists with real passions, who want to share their work with the world, and improve themselves.
We’re doing this for other people to read, but also for ourselves. Knowing people are reading something with your name in the byline is one of the most exhilarating things. It’s like the moment after you’ve made the jump off a cliffside. You’ve done the hard part, and once you make the splash, you’re going to want to jump again. Like kicking a bad habit, you feel unstoppable when you read your name in print. Like when you’ve fully immersed yourself in a good book, you feel like you’ve found your place and purpose.
All of that said, I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone who didn’t let me off the hook, who asked “So when’s the next zine coming out?” and reminded me that life is about pushing yourself and following your dreams, not being a out-of-shape asshole yelling at his computer. Instead I’m now the slightly-less out-of-shape asshole trying to figure out how to make white text look good over an all-black spread. I owe it all to everyone who helped out with the Indiegogo page in March and April, and the fans we’ve gathered along the way who showed that they were interested in what we’re doing, and the great friends I have work-shopping material with me and being my motivation to make Issue #2 happen.
To all of our wonderful readers and contributors, Negative Assets thanks you again for showing your support and interest, whether you pre-ordered or found it in the random little shops I managed to sneak this into. We are most appreciative. One of the many reasons we write and draw and try to create something out of nothing is for you. We want to know what you like and don’t like, and how we’re doing. If you’d like to provide feedback, feel free to write to us.
Shoot an email to email@example.com. If you are interested in writing for the future zines, visit our website, www.negativeassetszine.com, and click on the Submissions tab. You can find all the information you need there, and don’t hesitate to run stuff by me if you’re not sure. This is my passion and a dream of mine. I’d be happy to take a look at anything you’d want to share. I hope you like this issue. It’s a bit different from the first, but we write what we like and what’s important to us. It’s going to be a little different all the time.