I've decided to start chronicling my misadventures as an artist and writer. I'm not exactly sure where I should begin; should it begin at birth, or should I just skip to where I started writing Legend of the Sword Bearer? I'll start by saying I've been drawing as long as I can remember. My big dream was to work as an animator for Disney. Well, that didn't happen, obviously. It turned out for the best, though, seeing as I'd be unemployed by now anyway.
I've loved comics and sequential art since the day my mother put my first copy of Tintin in my hands. I loved those comics. I've had stories and characters ever since I was a little kid. My sister and I would pretend to be, or interact with those characters. Eventually, I started writing these things down, and then they became my first experiments with comics.
I was interested in superheroes at first. Most of my characters were superheroes, and the earliest comics I wrote were about a team of superheroes. Most of these I never actually drew, and thank goodness I didn't, because honestly most of them were pretty terrible. I still have a lot of those underdeveloped superhero scrips on my drive, but I've put them away for the time being. But don't go away! This is important.
I had a team of superheroes from all over the globe. Everywhere except Britain, that is. I wanted a British superhero, but I was banging my head against the wall for ideas. Then, something changed. I saw in my mind a kilted Scottish man with a sword. I knew that was my next character; the Sword Bearer.
But I ran into trouble. You see, all fictional worlds have rules, and the character I had developed didn't follow the rules of the world I made. My superhero world was a world of terrorists, corrupt politicians, and secret societies; not giants and dragons. I couldn't tell the stories I wanted to tell with the Sword Bearer in the world I had built! So I made a new world.
Nowadays, you can publish just about anything online for free, or nearly free. This has opened up a whole new universe of opportunities for comic artists like myself. The indie webcomic movement has exploded over the past several years. I discovered this fact several years ago and it blew my mind! It was at that point that I decided I was just going to take a chance, and publish my first webcomic, Legend of the Sword Bearer.
I've changed formats and venues a few times before I built this blog. Now, I've published my first Kindle ebook on Amazon, and I'm now working on my second. It's been a long road and wild ride, but here we are. Welcome to the journey.
I'm Ian Wilson; an eccentric comic artist, just telling a story.