by Paul Rainey
(Escape Books, 2016)
Thanks for the copy of part 5 of There's No Time Like the Present which I enjoyed as usual.
The creative life is an on-going process of discovering whether a) being dismissed out-of-hand as inherently worthless, b) being accepted but ignored as virtually non-existent or c) lionized as the latest Great White Hope is the perception that most matches the consensus view. This changes over time but always exists quite apart from you and your work. At the end of the day, all that can really be said is: "I have an audience for my work". So you produce the next thing for that audience. Ultimately Tom Spurgeon will be seen as the first person to see through your scam or he will be seen as one of the few that doesn't -- and never did -- "get it". Whichever one proves "true" or "truer" you will still just have your own audience to consider.
Try not to take any reaction very seriously and try instead to improve what it is that you're doing as you’re doing it. Make work that you like progressively more by eliminating the things you dislike about your work and emphasizing a refining the things you like about your work. The rest will pretty much take care of itself, as you're discovering.
From "Dave Sim's Collected Letters 2006", a Cerebus Archive Kickstarter reward.