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a star reborn

Jetpack Jesus is one of my favorite cartoon characters to draw from my childhood. I invented him in 2003 or 2004 and used to draw him quite often. The details of how he came into being are fuzzy now. He is the mascot of this blog because he defines the purpose of this website in a nutshell: daily renewal through creativity, or salvation, if you will. He’s a good guy and his existence is a little ironic if not idiotic. Creativity is all about having fun, stomping out fear, and exploring new frontiers whether they are awesome, quirky, or frankly repelling.

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Why does he have a jetpack? you might ask. You might’ve asked the wrong question. Either way the answer is ‘Because I gave him one.’

Origin: When I was about the age of fourteen I was admitted to a mental institution in the children’s ward basically for having too much apathy for the nonsensical, extremely flawed school system that I attended. [At 22 I realize that the core of the problem was a lack of challenge on their part, a lack of drive on mine.] During my two week stay at the institution I made good friends with an eight-year-old girl. She was in the smaller-children’s ward and was there for lacking a will to live. I did a lot of drawing in those days and so one day I handed her a picture of Jetpack Jesus and told her that whenever she felt sad or that she didn’t want to live, to look at the picture and it would act as proof that she had a good friend somewhere. After I was free from that place I didn’t draw Mr. Jesus very often. In fact, this drawing here [scanned and Photoshopped of course] is the first recreation in eight years, give or take.

Creativity comes in many unexpected forms. This unlikely form resurfaced from long ago. I never thought I would draw Jetpack Jesus again, but at the suggestion of a friend he suddenly transformed into a worthy mascot for creativity. He’s got gusto! He’s got silliness! He’s got a jetpack!

Q: What is your favorite thing to draw from your childhood? What is your favorite thing to draw now?

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If music be the food of love, creativity be the wine of life. And if creativity is the wine of life, I want to pair my wine delectably with the food, and to be a glutinous alcoholic fuck. Well, I’m neither of those [yet] but I do believe that creativity fosters the daily renewal of the spirit, while music and love tend to foster renewal of the soul. But you ask, Aren’t the Spirit and the Soul one in the same? In a sense, they are! At the same time, however, they are very different. The spirit consists of your attitude and your happiness, while your soul makes up your moral fiber, the essence of you, and your sense of compassion.

My intention with this blog is to keep a record of a dauntingly vague term: creativity. Here you’ll find my own creative efforts along with some food for thought, and snapshots of creative projects and creators, past and present. I guess you could say this is an attempt to weave this very important topic into the fabric of our culture. Well, my culture, at least. Yours too, I hope!

The Bible says that, ‘In the beginning God created…’ and goes on to describe all the nice things He created. It does not say that in the beginning God sat mightily in the Heavens on His throne. It doesn’t say that in the beginning he made everything perfect. It says that he pulled up his sleeves and went to work. Moreover, he has never stopped. This big project [and yours] is what we like to call a process, and processes do bear fruit but they take some time and a ton of energy.

The term ‘creativity’ spans across many, if not all, fields of study and concern. We’ll go through them together, with strength and bravery. We will push ourselves out of our shells as to take on larger, more complex and more interesting shapes. Together we’ll tear down our walls of insecurity and self-definition. We can create whatever we want, which is to say ‘something out of nothing’, so it may as well be anything. And there is nothing to fear but fear itself, so I think that it would be appropriate to make some initial postings here on this brand spankin’ new blog about fear, so we can go ahead and get that out of the way. An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

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