Since I was a little boy all I wanted to do with my life was draw comic books. I loved superhero comics for as long as I could remember, and I don't know where it came from, but I always had the urge to draw them. I enjoyed that it much I was sold being a comic book artist, and I tried to make good on that...
On September 11, 2001 I was a 20 year old art major in college. I didn't have any care in the world whatsoever. I knew we were the greatest country in the world but I didn't know or necessarily cared about the "how" or "why." I had political debates with friends who literally believed our country was untouchable because of our geography relative to any belligerent nation....we were so, so stupid. We were taking it ALL for granted.
I live on the west coast, so I was still asleep when the attacks happened. I woke up to a friend leaving a message on my answering machine around 6 A.M. my time that the World Trade Center was "bombed." I literally thought I was dreaming, and went right back to sleep.
An hour or so later I woke up, remembering the message I heard. I looked at the answering machine and saw that the message light was blinking. I didn't play the message because my roommate was still asleep. I went to the living room in the fraternity house I was living in and found three other guys standing around it, with worried looks on their faces. I got scared, because I started to realize it wasn't a dream. I stood there and watched the footage, until that moment I only knew such scenes from the movies.
There is no way I can understate this...my world crashed down with the towers that day. For the first time I understood that even when we are at our strongest the freedom we take for granted is SO fragile, and there was a feeling of shame that it took thousands of innocent people dying to finally figure it out.
I haven't been the same since, 9-11 was one of two events in my life that steered me into being a part of the fight to preserve our nation's freedoms today. I cared about world events before that day, but only in the context of arguing for the sport of it.
Don't get me wrong, arguing with liberals can be fun, but a 9 year (and counting) journey began that day, a focus was developing in me. I started becoming too aware that the real world had to trump the world of comics and superheroes I loved so much since I was a child.
To make a long story a bit shorter I put all of those things away a couple of years later, I still love them, but I care about more important things now. The Looking Spoon is a culmination of a long overdue education mixed with a myriad of experiences (from political activism, to trying my hand at stand-up comedy, to learning web development, and everything in-between).
I truly want to make this website more than just a personal outlet for the wise cracks, bad jokes, and silly images swirling in my head. I don't know if it's true, but I at least feel like I'm doing something to contribute to the fight for what is right for the country, and more importantly the culture.
Ground Zero is more than a destination in New York City. For me, and I'm sure for millions, it has been a state of mind.
I know this is just a blog, but like all other Americans I have so much on my plate, and with the talents and abilities God gave me this is the best I have to offer at the moment. I hope someday it can be even more, because I have not forgotten the pain of September 11, and memories of the victims of that day will always have a friend in me. They will never cease to be worth fighting for.