Comics Are Great! 49 – Fear and Courage

This time I’m joined by cartoonist and children’s book illustrator Dan Santat for a discussion on the fear of failure most of us artists face at various times during our careers. Does the fear of failure drive us to do better? Does it prevent us from enjoying where we are? Or worse yet, can it drive us away from even being creative? Can we ever be “ready for success,” and if so, what does that mean?

We address all of these questions as Dan shares experiences in art school, the video game industry, animation, children’s book illustration, and comics. The big takeaway? There’s no escape from the fear of failure, but we can find the courage to face it!

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting them!):

Comics and Book Recommendations:

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