Any creative person should know this process. Funnily enough i write most of my comics in the shower, and it’s actually a rare occurance i forget them before i write that idea down, either as a comic or in my ideas book. The reason this bout of forgetfulness inspired this comic is that i do remember it was a great idea. I have this theory that’s pretty half baked if i do say so myself. There are two types of ideas i get. Ones that are a flash in the pan. If i don’t write them down soon, they’re gone forever. Others are ideas that i hold on to. I might not use them for a long time but i am safe in the knowledge that they never leave, and usually the longer they stew in my brain, the more refined they get. The theory is that the ideas that the brain holds onto and refines are good ideas, but the ones that leave you immedietly… well they’re great ideas, and it makes their loss all the more tragic.
Over the weekend i finished another book. Mick Foley’s Countdown to Lockdown. I’ve been a fan of his writing ever since picking up ‘Have a Nice Day’ on a whim in highschool (or soon after graduation. It’s a little foggy). This is his fourth memoir and like the other three, it’s an entertaining read. It covers a six week period leading up to a big cage match with Sting at the Lockdown pay-per-view at TNA in 2009. A match he’s unsure that he can deliver on at his age with all the injuries having piled up over the years. It chronicles his leave from WWE (which is a bit of a sad story), and has some chapters on his thoughts of the large number of wrestling deaths and the substance abuse problems in the industry. He also talks a lot about Tori Amos.
It probably is a more entertaining read if you’re a wrestling fan (like his other memoirs) as it’s always awesome to get some behind the scenes insight into the industry i’ve gotten so much entertainment out of watching over the years. Having said that, Mick’s writing is vivid and engaging, and especially in this book, you really get to see the amount of effort he gives to humanitarian causes. The guy’s got a big heart.
So now after a Stephen King book and a wrestling memoir, i’m heading back to the literature pile, having started Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina last night. Like Moby Dick, this looks to be a long read, but so far the characters have brought me on board into their world and i can see myself getting through this tome with little problem.
Till next time, enjoy the comic and tell your friends!