Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel. Distant, but within sight. 🙂

On a bit of a tangent, I have to tell this story, because it involves AM9 (Audrey’s Magic Nine). When I was a kid, way back in the 80’s and 90’s there was a show that I loved to watch on PBS called Secret City. The host, Commander Mark, taught step by step drawing techniques for kids and teens. And every week I tuned in and tried to learn as much as possible. I was even a member of his Secret City. Watching his show as a kid made it okay for me to want to be an artist. I was fortunate enough to have parents who were very supportive of my art. But outside of the home, I frequently encountered people that thought of art, writing, music, and most other creative outlets as nothing more than a hobby to pass time–and not to be taken serious.  Seeing Commander Mark each week encouraging and helping kids to draw, inspired me to keep drawing regardless of what anyone thought. And, that all brings me this moment. I recently pencilled an image as an vote incentive for Top Web Comics. And my buddy Mostafa Moussa (who has done work for Marvel, Image, Hasbro and many others) was kind enough to ink it. Mostafa was at a Comicbook Convention recently, and Commander Mark showed up at his booth and bought the original page of the Audrey’s Magic Nine vote incentive that I drew! What?! Really?! One of my childhood heroes bought a piece of artwork that I did? I have been on cloud nine since the moment I found out! I’ve attached the art he bought and the picture of him doing so down below. The gentleman in the black shirt is the inker, Mostafa. And the fellow in the purple shirt is Commander Mark! Also, here’s a link to one of the show episodes: