Comics Are Great! 49 – Fear and Courage
This time I’m joined by cartoonist and children’s book illustrator Dan Santat for a discussion on the fear of failure most of us artists face at various times during our careers. Does the fear of failure drive us to do better? Does it prevent us from enjoying where we are? Or worse yet, can it drive us away from even being creative? Can we ever be “ready for success,” and if so, what does that mean?
We address all of these questions as Dan shares experiences in art school, the video game industry, animation, children’s book illustration, and comics. The big takeaway? There’s no escape from the fear of failure, but we can find the courage to face it!
Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting them!):
- Dan’s post on how the fear of failure affected his career
- Sidekicks, a Graphic Novel and the Sidekicks trailer
- Vote for Sidekicks in the Children’s Choice Book Awards!
- Video highlighting the many, many books Dan has coming out in 2012
- The Replacements (Dan Santat)
- The Replacements (Drozd and Turner)
- Lunch Lady Comics
- Teen Boat!
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- Biological Cell
- The Academy of Art
- The Fight-or-Flight response
- Arthur Levine books
- Jake Parker
- ALA Conference
- Icon Illustration Conference
Comics and Book Recommendations:
- Around the World
- Astronaut Academy
- Teen Boat!
- Lunch Lady
- The Unsinkable Walker Bean
- Empire State
- Same Difference
- Level Up
- Missile Mouse
- 18 Minutes
Here’s the video from this episode’s live stream (audio player at the bottom of this post):
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