2016 ending on a very Dark note. An Election left a lot of Creators at odds with each other and stupid fighting continued from hurt feeling and a need to have ego be more important. Through it all Dirk Manning kept his course and reminded us to be cool:
The Creative Process: How did Dirk Manning become the Light in the Darkness
This year, WOW has had events with long-standing effects on our future. To much loss and now too much uncertainty. We have seen lines drawn between invisible sides that have divided the creative community. Its been a really sad time almost like the end of times feel. And Dirk Manning would know about how the end of time might just look. Despite all of the anger and hate Love still shinned down even in these awful times we are going through. It wasn’t found at a rally or in a Facebook post it was found on Kickstarter.
When Dirk Launched NIGHTMARE WORLD OMNIBUS (including NIGHTMARE WORLD Vol 4!) on Halloween, There was no way he or anyone knew was about to happen. He had his campaign funded in hours of launch. Facebook light up with his Dirkers sharing his kickstarter exciting the creative world. Then it happened election night and suddenly Facebook’s posts full of creativity went away. Replaced with hate and threats of childish unfriending because of beliefs, sides were drawn and things got ugly. It seemed like a fictional tale from nightmare world come to life.
Now here is the amazing part of the story, for The Dirkers and
nothing changed. The Kickstarter kept marching forward and it was not effected by negativity going on around it. People who might have picked sides seemed to be able to agree that this Kickstarter was worth producing. In what could only be called A light of hope in the Creative Community Dirk’s Kickstarter kept going avoiding all of the world around it and gained its own gravity as it continued to climb in funded amounts unlocking new stretch goals.
Now it would be easy to say this was due to the topic. Many people where scared an end of the world story what perfect trimming right? Now while that would be a nice thread headline it’s not the truth. The Truth is Dirk Manning kept being Dirk. He never got online and talked about anything he wasn’t creating. He just kept going, drowning all the nosiness out and staying focused. There is a lesson we all need to learn there. All that hate and vile did nothing but cause hurt feelings and end networks for creators to later use. Not one Facebook argument changed a single thing. EVERY PERSON who took time away from creating wasted their time. While Dirk just Kept being a Creator. He is humble and honest and never told people who to vote for or how to feel about anything. What he does is create and promote what he created.
So during one of the most embarrassing times in American History it took the bringer of Dark Tales to excite people and keep them positive. This is a huge accomplishment no one has given Dirk Credit for. Almost all Kickstarters momentum suddenly Stopped on election night. People just stopped being supportive yet because of Dirk many people remained excited about
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2016 ending on a very Dark note. An Election left a lot of Creators at odds with each other and stupid fighting continued from hurt feeling and a need to have ego be more important. Through it all Dirk Manning kept his course and reminded us...WrittenSins..comRobAndersincreatorsofwrittensins@yahoo.comContributorI owe my ability to read and write to comics and now I pay comic creation back by Sharing stories of indie comic book creators and well as their creations. I am also the Creator Of WrittenSiNs.com a resources for the Indie Comic Creator and a Great way to see new content for Comic Book Fans.MyFantasySportsTalk