I have been talking about going BACK to SCHOOL and figuring out my options as to what I can do to pursue more art training but I CAN'T GO BACK or EVEN GET A DEGREE ONLINE IF I HAVE DEFAULT AND/OR ISSUES WITH STUDENT LOANS.
Then, instead of wasting time on the internet for over 7 years, you should have been working to earn money to pay off those loans. Not just at one job, but a second job if necessary. Those loans helped to finance your education, and it's your responsibility to pay them back--otherwise it's stealing. Don't you follow the commandment not to steal, or do you just conveniently by-pass that one?
Truthfully, I think you should forget about going back to school. You show so little evidence of having learned anything the first time around, I find it extremely hard to believe you are a college graduate. And, for someone who claims to be an artist you display a staggering lack of creativity in your ideas and thinking. You ask questions seeking the most basic kind of help--the names of books on how to draw cartoons, suggestions for plot ideas, what characters to use and how they should act, what makes a comic popular, etc.--suggesting you don't have an ounce of the creative ability that's necessary to actually put together a comic book, let alone a series of comic books. And, you expect some nitwit to actually bankroll this crazy idea for you and actually fund production of your comic book? Not in the real world. Your thinking is so unrealistic it borders on the delusional.
Other than as a way to proselytize your brand of the gospel, I can't even understand why creating comic books interests you. You've said that you've never even been an avid reader of comic books. So, you want to create and sell something in a medium that's never even appealed to you? Why, because you think it's an easy way to push the Bible and make a liitle money off God? One major problem that creators of Christian comics have, and they admit, is too avoid sounding "too preachy". That may be a hurdle you can't overcome JG, because you are knee-jerk "preachy" in the most blatant, and simplistic, and heavy handed way. And your secular ideas for comics, like the dog and cat streetfighting gangs, don't seem like the sort of thing that would really appeal to a kid, and certainly wouldn't likely compel an adolescent to shell out money to buy them. You don't seem to understand the audience you are trying to address, let alone offering something that could compete with all the other forms of animated cartoons, video games, and comics already available to readers and younger consumers.
If you can't afford to go back to school, forget about it, stop talking about it. If you can't pursue your comic book idea without further training, forget about it, stop talking about it. If you've got to do online "research" for 7 years, just to get ideas for your comic books, or "feedback" on those idea, without actually producing anything--even a completely scripted completed storyline for a single comic--you lack the ability, and the drive, to accomplish anything in this area. You just like to talk about doing things, but the actual hard work, and frustration, of actually producing something is apparently beyond you.
You allegedly got a degree in animation, then never actually worked in that field. If you get a degree in cartooning, I suspect you will never do anything with that either. In the real world, you have to work with other people, you have to be able to compromise--something you continually announce you cannot do. You have a fantasy that you can suddenly start at the top by creating and distributing your own comic book--well, as long as someone else foots the bill. You have no notion that one works at lesser jobs in a field, learns how to work on a team (aren't most comics produced by a team?), makes contacts, develops experience, all of which involves some social skills and mature ability to interact with others in an appropriate manner. You can't even interact appropriately on an internet forum board--which is why you have gotten booted off other sites--and doing it in real life, as part of a business team, is considerably more difficult.
All you want from people here is agreement, praise, and attention--constant attention. And you start getting very nasty and insulting and quite juvenile when you don't get those things. You throw your little tantrums, type in CAPS, wave the Bible around, throw in a few racially baiting comments, and then play the poor injured underdog. Well, you say you want feedback, JG, and I've been trying to give you some honest feedback. I'm not a pessimist, far from it. But, to encourage you to continue talking about doing something, particularly doing something that seems quite unrealistic, strikes me as absurd and also patronizing toward you--as though you are too fragile to handle the truth. You should stop talking and actually do something. If you have options available to you, then take them--now. But stop talking about what you want to do. We've heard it, we don't need to keep hearing it.
And, by the way, I don't know why you felt the need to get nasty about the information in ragman's profile, particularly his age. I'd like to point out to you he was able to create his profile all by himself, without having to start a thread, as you did, wondering why you didn't have a profile and asking how to create one. Seems to me that a person of normal intelligence, let alone one who claims to have an I.Q. of 170, should have realized he didn't have a profile because he didn't write one. Duh. And he should have tried clicking on the My Profile link that appears under My Account, just to see what info that provided, before posting a thread asking other people to explain it to him. There are limits to how much constant hand-holding adults should require, JG, and you're pushing the limits. Can't you do, or figure out, anything for yourself?