One month since launch – a big THANK YOU
So it’s been one month since I launched this site and I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you. I’ve gotten so many lovely emails, comments and tweets which I really really REALLY appreciate. Just a few examples: a depression sufferer who told me my comics cheered her up, a mental health worker who showed my Litany Against Fear piece to domestic violence victims, an ex-soldier who was moved by the Sagan/war toon and a reader who’s been inspired to fast track his own career change. The response has just blown me away, so again THANK YOU.
Obviously, I can’t take all the credit – the quotes themselves do most of the work but I think my artwork has helped introduce these quotes and amazing historic people to a new audience.
After a scary initial three weeks after launch, when the site wasn’t getting much response and I was questioning whether quitting my job and selling my house maybe wasn’t such a good idea, the site has taken off. This was thanks to positive tweets from Lea Woodward, Chris Guillebeau, Hugh Macleod, Scott McCloud (who is the world’s leading expert on cartooning and comics – that was particularly sweet) and an article about my site on The Design Files (thanks Lucy!). But it was the Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, who really helped spark interest. He retweeted my Carl Sagan strip then wrote a blog post about what I was doing. From there, the Sagan strip went viral, appearing on the front page of Reddit, 9GAG and getting reposted all over the world. That in turn prompted the Washington Post to post an article about me on their site. Crazy stuff.
This is good news for you because it’s given me the encouragement to keep going and to push myself harder. I’m just getting started and I hope you stick around because it’s going to be a fun ride!
PS A lot of you are asking when prints will be available. I’m sourcing a few samples right now so be rest assured, they’re on the way.