…in a recent episode of his podcast, Kevin Smith interviewed Robert Kirkman, (he of Walking Dead fame) about the comic book that existed before the show.
When the comic took off out the gate, he knew it was going to be big, but he didn’t know how big – or didn’t see a TV series coming about from it.
But when it did, it pulled in 16 million viewers on it’s very first episode, leaving everything else in it’s wake.
Now, while I could end the story there, I won’t.
You see, Kevin Smith had an idea for a TV show of his own, one which would feature his friends and their love of all things comic book and pop culture.
Comic Book Men’s success came about because part of the huge Walking Dead audience hung around afterwards to watch the show.
Now, while I could end that story there, I won’t.
You see, a group of army vets suffering from P.T.S.D, used to use Comic Book Men and their love of old comic books and nostalgia as an ice breaker and a way to bond with each other.
Now, let’s go back over all that for a moment….
A comic book writer gets to make a TV show he never saw coming, bringing him fame and fortune.
That TV show lead to another TV show, giving Kevin and his friends a vehicle to build a following and celebrate their love of comics.
And that TV show brought a group of P.T.S.D army vets together so they could talk through their problems.
If Robert Kirkman hadn’t wrote that first comic, none of that would have happened.
And the same goes for what you’re doing, or afraid to do. You never know how you’re going to affect someone’s life with what you create.
You may think that book you’re writing isn’t worth publishing, that no one will read your emails or blog posts, or wonder if you really have it to make a course teaching someone something.
Honestly, you don’t know how your words, thoughts, or the confidence you give someone, will ripple outward and affect people you may never meet.
That’s, if you do it….
…if you don’t…..
…well, we’ll all never know what might have been.
Little did I know the Cheap Children’s Picture book course would be the first step I’d take to bring me to where I am now.
If I didn’t do it, we wouldn’t even know each other right now. But I did and here we are.