Middle school was terrible.
I had many bullies. The following is a list of general and specific activities they seemed to enjoy.
I write this to illustrate where I was mentally and emotionally when I created the strange comic book characters Headbangin' Hero and Dude. Headbangin' Hero, or Double H, was a long haired kid with diamond shaped eyes, no nose, and paper white skin, He could harness something he called "The Dark" or "The Black" depending on the day, and use the power there to send blasts of energy at his enemies. Dude was his partner in crime, a half robot, half animal monster of a man who had powers similar to those of Warlock from The New Mutants. They fought bad guys, got into trouble with an arch-enemy cleverly named The Master, and were generally a great release for me. I wrote the stories, drew the comics on pieces of computer paper, and stapled the finished pieces together, fancying myself quite the creator.
My friends--because I did have some--helped with it, creating their own books alongside mine. We had big plans to sell them. All of those plans, of course, fell through the way most middle school plans do. But real talk? Those two guys bouncing around my head turned the gears for me and helped me get to where I am today. Also, they ended up making an appearance in The ABCs of Dinkology: Time In-Between (the second in the series), brought to life by the madly talented Ernest Nathan Acosta III. They evolved quite a bit from middle school. But, again, we'll talk more about that in a later post.
Double H and Dude are just one more major step on my writerly journey. Come back not in one week, but two. Sorry for the delay but on July 28 I turn 41 and move to a new house. I'm going to be a little busy....