Back in 2005/2006 when I was taking my first hesitant steps into writing comics, no wait, publishing a comic, no wait, starting a business, oh, yeah, I was also starting a new day-job around that time – I also decided that it was a good idea to start a collective of “like-minded” creators – cause I was not busy enough. Or was it not focused enough? Nah, I just had big eyes, huge intentions, innocent aspirations and no clue what I was stepping into. I’d met a couple of guys: Robert Roach, Richard Hamilton, Andre Owens, Hannibal Tabu and a few others who had at least as much clue and maybe more than I did and I wanted to learn as much as I could from them. But we also all wanted to share the cost of conventions, information, contacts, etc. Most importantly, I think that we all wanted reassurance that there was some other fool out there that was doing something as crazy as we were – if not crazier.
So, the long story short is that we started The Antidote Trust – a collective of like-minded creators coming together to help each other out at shows, getting to know the comic book industry and push each other around like friends, brothers and soldiers. We had a lot of fun and in many ways, we ended up goading each other into bigger, newer, different projects. Some of us worked on each others books and most of us influenced every other person in the collective in one way or another. We stepped up and went to a ton of shows including San Diego Comic Con, WonderCon, The Alternative Press Expo, Wizard World LA (back when it was in Long Beach), several on the east coast that few of us would have been able to get into had one or the other not gone as the spokesperson.
In the last couple of years, we have not been nearly as coordinated as we had when it all began but we still attend shows together, we still work on each other’s projects and we still meet for coffee or beer every so often. I’m proud to have hung with everyone that was actually a part of The Antidote Trust and I’m glad to have several friends that came from the experience. But more importantly, I still know that there are some crazy fools out there that are doing the same silliness that I’m doing. So my suggestion to up and comers is this: hang out with as many people doing what you want to do as possible, it’s good for business.
In the meantime, give a listen to an interview that I did back in the day with Tim Young of Deconstructing Comics – another awesome guy that I would not have met had it not been for my contacts in The Antidote Trust.