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Big ideas, small heroes, and dumb fun: Why I do what I do

Welcome to the internet home of Through A Mirror Darkly, my ongoing comic book series. Or graphic novel, if you prefer. If you've been following my work so far, you're probably wondering why I'm telling this story, or any story all. Why waste time writing fiction?

First of all, there are few vehicles for conveying ideas that are more powerful than fiction. Stories can shape our view on the world and affect the way we think, whether we realize it or not. Think of your favorite movie, book, or TV show. Has it changed your perspective on something or the way you behave in certain situations? The answer is probably yes, especially if you first experienced it when you were young.

The big idea that I want people to consider is that there is more to the universe than we can see. We're aren't simply bags of flesh struggling through life until we keel over and die. We are beings of spirit, made in the image of God and capable of both great good and great evil. There are forces at work beyond what we can see , striving to tip us toward one side or the other. Ultimately the choice is ours, but without this knowledge most people choose poorly.

That's the main theme, but it's not all heavy themes and high concepts. I tend to write stories I would like to read, and I like character-centered stories with lots of action, drama, and humor. I like heroes with good hearts who struggle and grow. I enjoy the spectacle of an action flick, but I want some depth to go along with it. Mostly, I want to laugh and have fun. I can't promise all of this on the first page of Through A Mirror Darkly, but I'll do my darndest to bring you that story for all long as I'm able.

The title of this series comes from 1 Corinthians 13:12: "For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known." The verse is about how little we know and understand about God and the ways he works around us, which is fitting for this series.

I also see this verse as being about spiritual growth, which is equally fitting. Our hero will end up in a very different place from where he started. It's been a wonderful journey so far with Derek and Kael, and I hope it will continue for years to come.

P.S. The next page should be finished this week and I'll been looking into hiring a part-time colorist to speed up releases.

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