What a year we just completed a couple of weeks ago.
Each year brings it’s own challenges, both good and bad.
2016 seemed to have brought more than it’s share, more than in many years past, maybe even decades.
But seriously I want to say “thank you, 2016!”
Let’s start with why I’m thankful for 2016.
Number one … it is over!
OK, that was just an easy nyuk-nyuk type of joke, so onto the real reasons.
We’ve been married for 8 years now and I know I’m not the easiest person to live or get along with.
I love her with all my heart and know that I’m lucky to have someone who for all the things I’ve not done right, she still hangs in there with me.
Blessed to have her in my life.
I love you, Bella!
My son, Jacob.
Happy that I waited to have a child later in life … I was to self-centered in my 20/30’s to even consider having a wife, or a child.
I can really appreciate the joy and love Jacob brings into Bella and my lives.
I love you, Jacob!
My wife, son and myself had no health issues and that’s always a plus! Think about the last time you had just a cold and how miserable you feel. So being of good health is something I believe we take for granted so as we get older it’s easy to not think about.
I did a lot of convention travel in 2016 and only got “con-crud” once and that was actually at a show, so I sorta worked it out there, and sorry for anyone I might have passed it onto. I was fine during the flight and then the night before the show it hit me.
Speaking of convention and appearances.
I want to thank all of my friends, fans, other professionals and of course the shows for having me as their guest.
Here’s the list:
- Albuquerque Comic Con
- Middle Georgia Comic Con
- Toronto Comicon
- Gem City Comic Con
- Wizard World Madison
- Calgary Expo
- Famous Faces & Funnies
- Texas Comic Fest
- Tidewater Comicon
- MegaCon Orlando
- Phoenix Comicon
- River City Comic Expo
- Heroes Con
- Florida Supercon
- San Francisco Comic Con
- Wizard World Richmond
- Melbourne Toy & Comic Con [ Florida ]
- Louisiana Comic Con [ Missed due to Hurricane Matthew, but planning on being there this year! ]
- Santa Fe Comic Con
- C4 Winnipeg
- Rhode Island Comic Con
- Great American Comic Convention
- Paradise City Comic Con
I’m thankful that I got to start collaborating with Mike Zeck on some convention sketches again.
Yep, the “Zeck/Beatty” team got busy again with Mike doing pencils and me on inks.
Looking forward to more this coming year.
Renting an office to work in.
Altho I wasn’t home a lot, it provided me a quiet place to concentrate while freeing up the spare room at home for my son to also have his own place.
While neither place is finished that is in the works and will eventually get done. I know he’s looking forward to painting the walls the colors he wants and really having a great play room of his own.
Downtown Daytona is really a kool place to be. It’s growing and I see progress. The vibe down here helps me and I see a lot of potential for growth.
Starting a business.
I’ve never really treated what I do like a “business” and after some reading on planes and at home, I found that I needed to be a business and not a “freelancer” who thot about the short game. Now I’m thinking the long game and actually have a plan.
If you’re interested or haven’t heard about it yet, you can find it here: Beatty Creative
My friends and fans.
You all are the best.
Really, there is nothing else left to be said about that, thank you all!
2016 had it’s share of not so good also … but really, it’s in the past and I want to go forward, so I’m going to leave it alone.
Here’s to 2017 and the adventures and challenges that are to come.
I’ve began to post show dates on my sidebar that are firm commitments and as soon as I hear from some others, I’ll post those
Thanks to all of you who took time to read this and I’m going to try and be better about posting this year.
P.S. Luckily I’m not superstitious since I just realized I posted this on Friday the 13th!