Writer LONNIE NADLER On How He's Paying It Forward to Creators Breaking In

Lonnie Nadler
Lonnie Nadler
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With many of us social distancing or sheltering-in-place in our homes and with all our news feeds filled with sobering updates, Newsarama thought it might be a pleasant diversion just to tell a good story (something we all need right now) about comic books. We're asking folks who have worked in the industry to tell us (and you) weird, wild and wacky stories from the world of comic books. 

Here's Lonnie Nadler sharing how he's coping - and helping - during this unique moment in time...

This past week on Twitter, I opened up my DMs to the public as a means of encouraging aspiring writers and readers to ask me about writing comics, how pitching works, how to find motivation, or even general questions related to my work. I did so because I know how many people are stuck at home in these trying times, and how many have a desire to tell their own stories. I did so because I know how difficult it can be to create art when you have no idea where to begin. I did so because I know firsthand how having a mentor figure can help navigate the tricky road without a map that is the comic book industry.

When I was starting out, I had no idea what I was doing. It was only because of pros like Matthew Rosenberg, Michael Moreci, Kurtis Wiebe, Tim Daniel, and Joshua Williamson that I was able to figure it out. These creators opened their doors to me early on. They saw how bad I wanted it, and how hard I was trying to make it. In return, they were kind and patient when I asked questions. They gave me the time of day when nobody else would. They gave me invaluable advice. I promised myself that if I was ever in a position to help out young creators, I would do so to the best of my ability as a means of passing on the proverbial torch.

We’re living through a pandemic right now. There’s no way to sugar coat it. There’s no way to make it easier. However, I do know that creating art is one way we can try to make sense of our resulting emotions, and if I can make that process a little bit easier for people, then I’ll feel like I’ve given back a little of what was given to me. The number of messages I’ve received so far has been heartwarming. It reminds me why I started writing in the first place.

My DMs will remain open until we reach the other side of this, whenever that may be.

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