So OzComics was winding down; I had always wanted to do 8 issues of the Magazine but Darren Close (who started the message board, started the 24 hour challenge and got me into Australian Comics – by way of an article at CBR) was handing over the reins to someone else. I didn’t want to hitch my wagon to someone I didn’t know.
I never had a real problem with doing the magazine; I’d love doing the round tables and coming up with ‘themes” for each issue. What I didn’t like was interacting with so many people; the cover artists, the reviewers, the back page comic strips, all the interviewees, the writers, comic shop owners etc. It was never bad, I never had a bad incident but I just felt embarrassed most of the time because everyone was doing me a massive favour and I couldn’t even give them comp copies in return. Coordinating that many people was too much. Plus dealing with comic shop owners was quite hard for me; I have a fear of post offices; not a phobia I can go to a Post Office without hyperventilating or staining my daks – its more a feeling of I’d rather be anywhere else. There used to be a post office near where I lived which was actually part of a hardware store – I felt ok there but then I moved. And I can’t cold-call; I have phone terror so I can’t call and I’m not actually that bright so end up calling the guy that runs Minotaurs Frank for 6 months wondering why my emails don’t get returned.
So Sureshot was born out of things I didn’t want to do.
- I didn’t want to have to sell to new people.
- I didn’t want to deal with groups of people.
- I didn’t want to do a lot.
But I wanted to do things my way.