It is always fascinating to watch a show like Mike Rowe's Dirty Job because we get an appreciation for what people go through during their daily toil to earn a living. We sometimes have an idea of what it takes to get something done, and other time we are just completely surprised to find a certain career that seems almost impossibly difficult to do. And comic strip artists surely fall into the impossibly difficult category of profession choices.
I have never taken the time to think what it would entail to make a living out of making comics, and after watching a documentary called Stripped (I know what you are think, but no), these creatives have a seriously challenging job. It is such an easily overlooked part of our lives, yet the lessons and laughter these characters bring to our lives are irreplaceable.
It must be frightening to have a blank piece of paper staring at you every single day. But so cool to see the reaction on people faces if you tell them what you do for a living.
Having said that, the actual people behind these character are shockingly normal and overflowing with intellect. Who knew that is the winning combination. Never thought of it, but in the documentary they ask the creators what do they do to get inspiration day after day after day. One of the answer that would surely would not have crossed my mind as an observer looking from the outside in, is that when they don't have new ideas it can normally be related to not having read enough.
Who knew that is the winning combination.
It would be fascinating to see what Mike Rowe would create if Dirt Jobs visited one of these comic creators for a few hours, sure Mick has the intellect for it, but would love to see the drawing he comes up with.