How Comics Changed My Life

EDITORS NOTE: PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEWEST CONTRIBUTOR. HIS HANDLE IS FRESH GUAJARDO, AND HIS FIRST POST SERVES AS AN INTRO TO HIS PERSPECTIVE ON COMICS. ENJOY!

What inspires people to try new things? What motivates people to do what they do? For me, it is simple: I’m motivated to become the greatest fighter in the world. However, what got me inspired to begin writing is a whole different story.

I started collecting comics in my senior year of high school but stopped because of how much money I was spending. I was spending like 60 bucks a visit to the comic bookstore. Now $60 might not sound like a lot to you but back then that was a huge chunk for me. I was a martial arts instructor back then and really didn’t make a whole lot of money. I bought a $90 comic book one time. It was The Amazing Spider-Man #238, the first appearance of Hobgoblin. Who I always thought was Harry Osborn, but it was actually Roderick Kingsley. I have no idea why I always thought Harry was the Hobgoblin. Maybe it was Spider-Man 3 that confused me.

Fast forward 4 years into the future, I no longer teach martial arts or go to school. I train full time and work as a P.E. Aide in Pasadena at an elementary school. One of my favorite shows was Comic Book Men on AMC. The show is actually the reason I started collecting comics in the first place. I looked up the show to see if they were still making episodes and found out they had cancelled the show. I was sad to read the news but happy to hear the whole show was on Amazon Prime. I ran to room turned on my PS4, downloaded the Amazon Prime app and started watching from the beginning. I had forgotten in those 4 years how amazing and spectacular comic books are. The worse part about it was that about 2 months ago I gave one of my closest friends my only key issue, The Amazing Spider-Man #238. He had been asking for it for a couple months, so I finally gave it to him thinking to myself I am forever done collecting comic books. I was dead wrong!

I go on my first comic collection run in 4 years and I go like $20 over budget. I am making better money now but have more bills and responsibilities also. I start looking online for ways to make extra money and I can’t get a second job because training takes up half of my day. I start taking surveys online but that takes like 6 hours just to make $10. That is not enough to cover my comic expenses. I start selling stuff online but don’t really have anything to sell. Then one night I was reading a Fantastic Four comic featuring Spider-Man and I get the best idea from Peter Parker. In the comic it talks about how Peter is going to the Daily Bulge to turn in some photographs and how he is a freelance photographer. I pause, read that speech bubble again and yell, “THAT’S IT, I’ll become a freelancer like Spider-Man.”

The next morning, I start looking up freelance websites and guides. In the process I stumble across freelance writing and copywriting. Now I never been much of a writer, but I am really enjoying it. I am now studying copywriting and guest posting on websites. It is crazy how Spider-Man has helped me find a new and exciting field that I can make a career out of. Don’t get me wrong the main goal is still to become The Greatest Fighter In The World, but I’m not delusional. I know I can’t fight forever and need something to do after I retire. I plan to never stay still, always improving and always learning. Writing will keep me sharp and focused. Thank you, Spider-Man, for helping me find a new career path. Also thank you Stan Lee for creating Spider-Man and all the fantastic, amazing, incredible, and astonishing characters that have inspired millions.

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