About Mental Diversions
 
  Welcome to Mental Diversions

To be truthful this isnít 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. The tail end of 2010 was a blur as I prepared to launch Mental Diversions as a business. Burining 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.

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 wasnít 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 donít 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 didnít 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.

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