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Wanted to share this story with you guys, and future creators: 

After getting out of a slump, I wanted to share this story of something I went through a few years back. Bit of a read, but thanks for sticking through it 

As you know, Comic-Con is arriving and as I prepare for it, I grow more and more anticipated with anxiety/joy in regards to the re-release of Last Man Standing. 

As long, challenging, and mind-opening the creation of LMS was, something really stuck with me. 

Before I had created LMS, I wanted to work for WETA Workshop. To those that don't know them, they've created props, designs, sets, costumes, and more for The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, District-9, Elysium, The Hobbit and many more films. 

I was obsessed and inspired with them. The creator, Richard Taylor was always a huge inspiration to me. After viewing supplements on the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings DVDS, I knew right there: I HAD TO WORK FOR THEM.

So I always told my business partner, Stephan, that he had to get me a job with them one day. Whatever it was I'd do it! 

He replied back with: "I challenge you with this: Instead of working for them, why not have them work with you on your own project?"

I laughed, never gonna happen. Moved on and continued to craft a portfolio for Richard Taylor and WETA. Eventually, I had my shot at San Diego Comic Con 2008. I pitched myself to the amazing and very kind Richard Taylor, and he (seemed to have) enjoyed what I brought.

But he told me that if it had been earlier (the year prior) he could have brought me in, but now it would be impossible for me to go work for them, as (at the time) they were full, and he'd hate to have me on stand-by for a film. 

So we shook hands, and that was that. Wasn't mad, upset with him, or even bummed. But I went back to what Stephan said that one day....

So I continued to push, and I decided to take a crazy leap away from the companies and create my own IP, which was LMS. 

To fast forward, I met with Richard Taylor a few years later, after the book was done, and I showed him a rough copy of it and he offered something in return.


What he gave me is the photo attached from the latest copy of LMS, something I never thought possible.

Moral of the story is, never let go of your passion or gut instinct. Always trust it, push, and continue to learn and grow as a person and artist.

I need to remind myself that at times, as believe it or not, I constantly doubt myself due to pressure of wanting to succeed. It's a growing process. 

Thanks for all the support, and I hope you can find something in this.
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zookiii Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
That's wonderful!
OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
well, you deserve it! i loved the new cover btw
blackrain8 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
When you feel held down, just know in your heart, life is a chance to prove yourself ~ Marcel Gadacz.

It might sound corny, but it's very true.

Good on ya Dan.
JasssyJas416 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this was inspiring, thank you and congratulations on not giving up!
The-Artist-64 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mm. Wow. You're very lucky! :D

There is, however, no hope for me. :(
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, words to live by, you continue to be an inspiration.
Frozx398 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
sick!!!!! rock on!
moontearfall Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
It's like a love story with a happy ending.

Whatever happens, just please don't let Michael Bay direct the movie, please.
CrescentMoogle Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So much inspiration! Just what I needed right now :)
wackymaus75 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
I will save money for the movie that will be made
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