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Creativity: Indulging In The Past, Present and Future

Today was an extraordinary adventure for Dadurday.  I was reminded why my right brain was always far ahead of the left brain.

I remember spending roughly about 6-7 years collecting and reading just about every comic book I could get my hands on and then zap….comics were gone from my life.  My excuse….I just got busy.

It wasn’t until recently, at a lightscameralists.com screening of the Comic Con/Stan Lee & Joss Whedon documentary, that I was reminded that I have this craving to imagine; to dream.  Many of my memories are spun out of imagining I could lift things using the ‘force’ and reminding myself I could make it happen only if I trained harder.  I dreamed of colossal feats that could only be done if I could just turn into the Hulk and get ‘angry’ enough.  ( I was already 6 foot tall my 6th grade)  #fail

So, when I won a $20 gift certificate at the screening raffle mentioned above, I was then set on a course to visit my past.  AND bring my 2 year old son with me for his first time visit to a comic book store.  YES!

As I pulled up I could feel my comic #cred go from 1.5 to 2.0 (out of 10) and wondered if Pat, the owner of Columbus Book Exchange in Columbus, Ga, would recognize me.  He didn’t.  I wasn’t sad……maybe a little.  I glanced around and man had things changed.  New location, new stories, no ‘cards’.  I bounced around with my son, Gus, and tried to make sure he didn’t break anything as we both fumbled around akwardly while I tried to not appear out of place.  Ha!

To give you the mind set, my comic days ended about the time Image launched.  I was very proud of my Rob Leifield collection of ‘Youngblood’ and Todd McFarlane was just producing ‘Spawn’.  I think that puts me around 1989 thru 1996 (9 years old through 16).  During this time, I also began a love for drawing.  I still have stacks of pencil and ink booklets that contain free-hand ‘tracings’ of all my favorite characters and even my own characters and a few years of abstract and artsy drawings.  Not much though; matter of fact I just had a thought that I am not 100% sure where it all is.  But I do think about it when I see others drawing  and creating.

I am so glad I was able to experience the freedom of imagination through comics and I still to this day vividly over-conceptualize everything.  I always ask ‘what-if’ and often take risks because deep inside there is this Hulk/Batman/Superman mentality that will allow me to prevail.

That mentality is also why I took my son to begin his long term obsession with imagination.

In his first comic book store trip, I have captured the images of his first time in a comic and hope one day I can show him where his right brain began to overpowered the dark side…um…I mean the left brain.

Gus Shaffer and one of his first comics.

One of Gus's First Comics

About the Author

I am a husband to a beautiful wife named Whitney and Dad to a wonderful baby boy. Yay! :) Damien Augustus Shaffer has come into this world on March 15th 2010. In my professional life, I have accumulated over 4 years utilizing a wide range of technologies to develop software solutions for my current employer. Most of this time was spent learning methodical approaches within different environments to broaden my programming knowledge and project planning abilities. These environments include both open source and Windows based development, mainly Web. I also dabble in Social Media and it applications in today's culture and marketplace. I consider it a hobby but some may say its an obsession. ;) I enjoy it immensely.