To be truthful this isn’t my first time in the comics industry. Actually I have been dabbling in it for years and even decades. Like all people I have had other responsibilities to take care of. So dabbling was all was capable of for many years.
I did join a studio in Houston called Space City Comics but it was a short lived venture I had very little control over. Fast forward 10 years. I get reacquainted with one of my old colleagues from Space City Comics and all of the sudden things start moving forward. Only now I am in charge of production. I attended various shows throughout 2010 to determine if starting a studio was worth it. I decided it was. The tail end of 2010 was a blur as I prepared to launch Mental Diversions as a business. Burning into 2011 with our first show at Wizard World in New Orleans I saw we still had a lot to learn. But what better place to have a coming out party than New Orleans.
Growing into a company
I won’t lie; coming into this I had big dreams. Reality smacked me in the face several times but I kept taking it. I guess I was too stupid or too stubborn. Either way I think it worked out for the best. The first three years there were plenty of times I questioned myself. As the time wore on I began to see improvement in our books. It was in major part due to a dedicated team coming together and focusing our effort. I cannot stress how much the people I work with and those who have given me advice have helped us through tough times
Now, just why call it Mental Diversions?
Mental Diversions started as an experiment on the web. Really just a place to play online and I really wasn’t too concerned about what I posted. Mental Diversions became a natural place to launch this venture. The name was funky and I owned it.
How to handle the business.
I decided early on that I am either all in or don’t do it. When I started recruiting artist and writers my goal was to protect their work and make sure they got reimbursed for the work they did. One of the problems I had earlier was that I would spend time on a project and not see any benefit. I had also heard stories of artists getting stiffed by publishers. I didn’t want to be that publisher.
You see the word ‘OUR’ a lot; it is because of the talents that help me make this venture happen. I wanted people I contracted to be happy to be working for me. With that in mind I set goals for myself that were more a moral compass that all publishers should go by. Some have stayed, some have left. I only wish better things for the people that pass through the studio. I only wish the best for all the other artists out there working long hours and sacrificing weekends so the fans can have a taste of their world.
Thanks for supporting Mental Diversions.