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Spark Comic 15
July 5th, 2011
Spark Comic #15 - What do you see?

This is a bit of a personal piece that I've put off because I don't like going back to a phase of my life I have long since overcome. The only reason I did it was because I believe in comics as an expressive medium, not just for comedy, and can be just as, if not more, impactful than any other piece of art or literature, so I decided to try my hand at a more emotional piece.

Basically, I didn't like life too much growing up. Sure, I had my happy moments and small groups of friends, but it's hard to be happy when 95% of people look at you like a freak; a monster, with little, if any reason, and tend to treat you as such. Long story short, I did not enjoy much of my school experience. Throughout my first year of University, however, my life was forever changed. I met plenty of people, most intelligent and courteous. It was a fresh start and I encountered many great people who I am grateful and happy to have met. I no longer get or feel the burden of being looked at like a monster and I finally feel at peace, a sensation I've felt less and less as the have years gone by. Since starting University, I have become the happiest I have ever been.

I make this comic to inspire everyone who reads it to think about how they treat people. I have always made it a point to never judge anyone by their appearance and to treat them with the same respect as I do anyone else, unless their actions towards me prove they deserve otherwise. However, not everyone shares this view of being courteous to others. I want you, the reader, sit back and think: How do you treat certain people? Why do you treat them as such? Are you justified in how you are treating others? Are you really giving people a chance? I want you to think about that and maybe it will inspire you to change the way you treat people. Whether it does or not, I want you all to think about what I ask. That is my only request.

Until next time, stay Sparktacular.

P.S. Is it incredibly ironic that I drew, inked, and colored/toned most of this depressing comic while listening to the Party Rock Anthem?