by Mike Meier (Prince George)
I started MEIER COMICS because I wanted to break new ground by creating the type of comic books I would want to read and by doing it in my own way. Being the creative person that I am, I tend to think outside the box when it comes to doing things like this.
I also wanted to contribute to the local economy in my own little way as MEIER COMICS is all about convincing people to support local businesses, large or small, and even home-based like mine. It’s a cause that I believe is worth fighting for. This has given me the opportunity to become self-employed, to earn a good profit from the sales of all my comic books, but to do so on my own terms.
I was heavily inspired to do this after hearing a story about how seven artists who once worked at big name comic book companies such as Marvel and DC left to start their own company, Image Comics, which is still around to this very day.
My stories are a blend of sci-fi and action-adventure, set in British Columbia in the mid-21st century. They take place in a future world where humans and nonhumans (like cyborgs, superhumans, androids, robots, and cyberpunks) live a peaceful co-existence with one another and where the battle between the forces of good and evil rages on. Some of the characters featured in my comic books are loosely based upon me and some of the challenging experiences I went through when I was younger. Although, I fictionalize this as I don’t want my comic books to be completely autobiographical.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, creating these comics has, in a way, helped keep me sane. Doing my artwork has served as a place of refuge from this miserable experience and I am eternally grateful to it for doing just that. I have made adaptations to my business so that customers can buy my comic books safely, including digital delivery. I realize that despite the situation we’ve been faced with, the show must go on, so I strive to keep working on and making my comic books as planned. To quote author and TV producer Stephen J. Cannell, “Stay true to your dream.”
For me, being resilient is about finding your inner strength as well as a reason to carry on. Keep doing what you love to do and don’t let anything in the world stop you from making your dreams come true. If you get knocked down, you have to get back up and keep up the fight. It may be difficult to do, but you can do it.
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