What do you do for pleasure? I mean, for the sheer joy of it? Something that doesn’t have a deadline, that doesn’t have any consequences if you don’t do it, that doesn’t mean the world is going to end if you put it off until later.
For a lot of us, that was reading comics. That somehow morphed into making comics, and during that transition, we realized that making them was a lot of hard work. And after that, if we have the passion for it, we try to have fun, but it has to fit in around everything else. The saying “if you love what you do, then it isn’t really work” doesn’t ring quite as true as you continue to create. You have to find something else that brings you joy, because once you know the secrets behind something, then you start hunting for mistakes or ways to do something better. You start looking at technique.
I’ve extolled Graphic Audio before. They do audiobooks with full cast recordings. I absolutely love them. I don’t listen to a lot of music (I don’t like much of what’s played on the radio), but there are artists whose music I’ll buy automatically. (Basically, Prince and Public Enemy.) And then there are the films from the forties all the way to the nineties that I just absolutely love. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, drama… Basically, anything but musicals. (For me, there are only two musicals: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the first half of The Sound of Music, and the first half of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. You do the math.)
I no longer read comics for pleasure. I remember talking to a retailer a long time ago, and he said something that I found to be true: familiarity breeds contempt. He sold the comics, but he was very cynical about them, and no longer felt the love for them. I don’t feel contempt, but I do know that I don’t just read them for pleasure anymore.
I work out. I listen to audiobooks (I don’t do podcasts that often because I find them to be part of the “work” that is comics.), I watch my films. I love seeing the connections between the films, seeing actors in other roles, learning some of the history behind the scenes of things. These things bring me absolute joy. I still want to learn to play an instrument, and that’s on the horizon.
What do you do for pleasure?