Alex's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Crazy Babbling Sunshine

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 8

  • ON DVD:

ALEX ROSS

Comic Book Painter/Illustrator

“My getting to where I am is based upon some good fortune, but a lot of it is taking advantage of every opportunity and putting the pedal to the metal.”

INTERESTS:

Art

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Dedication Hard Work Opportunity Passion Success Community Culture Money & Financial Security Struggle Confidence Inspiration Instincts Exploration Hobbies & Pastimes Courage Desire Risk Education Support & Encouragement Conflict Self-Reflection Talent Acceptance

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

ambitions, anger, art school, awareness, comfort zone, comics, comparing yourself, drawing, drive, graphic novels, independence, independent, Marvel Comics, publishing, realism, rejection, self esteem, social anxiety, spiderman, taking advantage

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Has been drawing his own comics for as long as he can remember.
  • Went to art school for two years and entered the workforce at age 19.
  • Worked a 9-to-5 job every day, then stayed up late into the night drawing his own comic one page at a time.
  • Published first comic just before he turned 20; admits he rushed it so he could say he’d been published as a teenager.
  • Eventually “felt comfortable enough to jump”; gave up his day job, drew his comics full-time.
  • Says he started out with low self-confidence socially, but his confidence in his work never faltered.
  • Whenever he was rejected, he used his anger and frustration to drive him forward, inspire his art.
  • Chalks up some of his success to luck, but the vast majority of it to seizing every possible opportunity.

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