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.
Thanks for supporting Mental Diversions.