Five years ago (ish) I made the decision I was going to write comics. I had written for TV and Radio before, but my heart was always with comic medium. My ‘logic’ told me that it was a silly idea. That there are too many people already trying to break in. That there is no stability in that world (much like commercial radio, which I had just left). But and email from Ryan Lindsay helped me in silencing those thoughts.
Thought Balloons is amazing. I doubt my writing would be at a level it is today if it were not for the site. Having a deadline every week, getting feedback from other eager and hungry young creators, typing run on sentences has been an invaluable experience. Maybe not the run on sentences thing.
My point is, this site means a lot to me. I have developed friendships here. I consider some of the people on here my closest confidants and friends. I have been exposed to works and comics that I would not have given a look at previously based on scripts from the site.
And let us not forget the careers some of the former tenures here are forging for themselves. Dan Hill is not only self publishing his own fantastic stories, but has had editing gigs with Monkeybrain comics and IDW. Sime McDonald is making waves in the novel publishing world. And of course Thought Balloon’s founder Ryan K Lindsay has written My Little Pony for IDW, Headspace for Monkeybrain/IDW, shorts for Vertigo and an upcoming mini for Dark Horse called Negative Space (which you should all pre-order now. Seriously). And I have written some things for Man In Suit Comics and also over at benjum.com which you can read for free.
There is even a series coming out c-written by four members of Thought Balloons! Ryan Lindsay, Dan Hill, Grant McLaughlin (with others writers and artists) will be bringing you Curriculum!
Thought Balloons is a way to get you writing, and get feedback on that writing to get you better. To improve. To level up. And I can see it being around for many years to come!
As for this week, out new puppet dictator Grant has thrown the doors wide open – any character or topic from any previous week in the sites 5 years. Not only that, but members of Thought Balloons past will also be making guest posts all this week.
Moving forward, there will be more guest writers jumping in from week to week. The first to be announced soon!
Although I may not be around much any more, I will always come back where I can. Thought Balloons, you are one of the main reasons my writing is at the level it is now. And if it levelled me up, it can for you as well!
Former Puppet Dictator and Adventurer.