VerzellJames

A Comic Book Life
Comic books have been a part of my life for over 45 years. I was introduced to comics in a very indirect fashion. At around the age of five my family moved from Phoenix, Illinois to neighboring Harvey. Behind us lived the Wynn family, whose kids were all older than me, and closer in age to my older brothers Dean and Rennis.
Shortly thereafter my brothers and I were playing in our yard, when we noticed the Wynn kids running up and down the alley hollering, screaming, and generally having a good time. Garbage can lids were flying, sticks became swords, and Patty Wynn said something about having the powers of some kind of witch. And yes, there were makeshift costumes, with cape, boots, and gloves. Needless to say I was blown away, and wondering what could have this affect on the Wynns.
The youngest of three boys, I asked my brothers what was going on. “Comic books,” they told me. Comic books? I had never heard of, or seen one. Then the Wynns broke out their stash of comic books, and I was completely hooked for life. The combination of pictures and words captured my imagination like nothing else before or since. As a result I’ve been inspired to write and draw my own comics. The dreams of a child have become manifest in the guise of an adult. I still collect and read comics on a regular basis, but the greatest joy comes from creating my own. As a life-long learner, I believe that comic books’ ultimate potential lie in their ability to educate. As an artist, writer, and publisher my goal is to produce material that entertains and educates simultaneously.