Hounded #1: Page 24

This week's blog is courtesy of our colorist, Megan Brown.

As a creative (and to some extent, in any field), there comes a time when temptation rears its ugly neon head. The bank account's looking a little thin, or you've gotten fewer hits than you anticipated, and you start wondering . . . what if I scrapped my project to make something more likely to draw the masses? Eh? Eh? How about zombies? Zombies are popular. Zombie . . . vampires. TEENAGE zombie vampires! In High School!

Whether it's trashing your dream in exchange for pandering to the infamous Lowest Common Denominator or, in Will's case, violent bodily splicing to earn the next paycheck, some days it feels like the question is less “why” than “why not”.

C'mon! says the voice in the back of your head. It won't be so bad. Right? What's a little moral surrender compared to a great big dead end? Ha ha, it'll be easy!

So . . . why not sell out?

It's a powerful internal war, the stuff of high tragedy.

Why not surrender?

It's a personal question. In the end, it feels like a matter of survival. Can you live with yourself if you succumb? (In Will's case, can he live at all if he doesn't?)

At the day's end you're the one who has to look back upon your life, for good or for ill, and face the stranger in the mirror. If your dream really is to write about teenage zombie vampires, than by all means. Your passion will show in your work. You'll take a cliché-fest and turn it into a funny, heartwrenching masterpiece sure to be loved for generations to come. Harry Potter wasn't an original idea either, after all.

But . . . if you'd really rather be making the next Citizen Kane, or Blade Runner, or Sound of Music, your apathy's going to show up in your work. If you don't like what you're making yourself do in the name of money, ask yourself: is the point of life earning money? As Jim Carrey said, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

Everybody take some time today to do one thing that you love. Paint a picture. Binge-watch Game of Thrones. Search the Internet in vain for the new Avengers 2 trailer. The real world will still be there when you get back.