“This is what I do.”

THIS IS WHAT I DO

Back when I started drawing the Hughcards in late 1997, I distinctly remember saying to myself, there’s no way on God’s Earth these little things will ever go anywhere, let alone make any money (which was part of the charm, by the way).

Well, I was wrong on the first point, right on the second. I never monetized the actual Hughcards themselves, but drawing them led to the creation of Gapingvoid, the main day job. And all that made a ton of business and got a ton of exposure over the years, not to mention, made a lot of good people happy.

There’s this guy being on interviewed on YouTube about why the hell he doesn’t quit wing suit base jumping before it kills him eventually, which it probably will (The sport is by far the most dangerous in the world- it kills approximately one out of ten people who practice it, and at the elite level, it’s closer to fifty percent). And the guy says defiantly, “Because this is what I do.”

I was never one of those defiant “This is what I do” kinda artists; I never got mystical-holier-than-thou about the profession, however “This is what I do” is what kinda ended up happening.

In the beginning, it was just a hobby for after work at the coffee shop. Some people brought their laptops, their books to read, or their chessboards. I brought my drawing pens. No big deal.

But I kept at it. And then the Internet came along. And then the business model in its wake (which I’d give Laura Viberti Aceto and Jason Korman most of the credit for- I may do the drawings, but they do the real work of turning it into a business). The rest is history.

And so this is what I do. For better of worse…