I was digging through my shoe box of memorable pieces of paper the other day. I just finished putting the entire Chumble Spuzz book together and I did a little thing in it where I talked about getting my first ever rejection letter from Dan Vado, SLG president- who ended up becoming the first publisher to pick up my work 10 years later.
Here's the letter. It's rather embarrassing. I was 17 and so ready to become a big, rich, famous comic artist... (click for larger version)
I guess it's typical of a person at that age to think like this. I was living in a small town and I had no idea how big the world, and the industry actually were. I just figured because my high school thought my comics were funny I would be an overnight hit.
It's funny looking back to those days. If I was to go back in time and tell myself where I am at right now, my old self would be way more excited about it then I am right now. Not that I'm not excited, but my 17 year old self would still have the mystery that's lost when you actually experience a thing.