At a graduation party in 2003, a mother thanked me for telling a story in class about a frog who gives a black widow spider a ride. She said that story made such an impact on her child that her child quit drinking. I have heard similar comments from parents and student over the last four years. Telling the story is emotionally draining. I thought it would be a good idea to make the story into a comic book. I have literally spent years working on it having to learn how to draw, work with technology, and deal with frustrations. In the last two days, I have spent eight hours working on the dedication page. Is the marginal benefit equal to the marginal cost? I don't think so.
I know students will literally glance at the dedication page. Futhermore, I watch students read great works of literature turning the pages in seconds rather than absorbing the content, literary style, and art. I would drink that page, but 99% of readers skim that page and miss the beauty of metaphor, cadence, and layers of ethos. My point is esoteric. Why do I spend so much time on something with little marginal value to my readers? Is this a form of narcissim?
I am hoping to save lives with my work. My comic book is almost complete and will be available in May at a cost of $5. I used Comic Book Creator from PlanetWidegames.com to format, add balloons, and organize. This is awesomely cool software. The scene where Bull becomes worm food is shown in the graphic.