I know, I know. I keep saying it... "The comic that started it all". But, short of the actual physical sketch, this really is it. You're looking at a lot of time sitting down at a coffee table with no job or skills of any kind. Why I was wasting time doodling instead of applying for job after job, I'll never acknowledge.
At the time, I was obsessed with Stephan Pastis, the creator of Pearls Before Swine. That had a lot to do with it. And, of course, I grew up on Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes. Sunday comics were always something I loved growing up, and I always loved comic book artists. I never thought I'd do more than doodle, but I think I needed to feel like I accomplished something at the time.
I originally thought I'd submit this to someone, I can't remember the official anything for it now, but "the Newspapers" to get this in newspapers everywhere. The decline of newspapers and books was the talk of the Internet back then, and maybe still is, so I was always nervous. On top of all that, I wasn't sure that I wanted to put myself in the position where I'd have to come up with comic after comic when I wasn't confident in my ability to do so; or that I'd even want to do it for a living.
Honestly, even if this doesn't pan out, I'm doing it for the experience. I'm doing this because... I don't know... maybe I feel like it needs to be out there. And I enjoy the hell out of doing it. I've never felt more proud, more confident, more "successful" than doing something I've always wanted to. I feel free. If you have a dream, follow it. It doesn't even matter if you don't succeed, not to me... it matters that you tried. Be a Grendel.