We all have bad days. On my darkest days, I feel like I’m losing the ability to hold on to everything. I feel like I’m losing myself.
There’s a part of me that kicks in whenever that happens. It gets me somewhere safe and it holds back the overwhelming feelings. It blocks the dangerous parts of my mind.
I’ve always referred to that part of me as my Spawn. It’s like a bittersweet anti hero born from a dark place that can fight the fight for me when I’m not feeling strong enough. And he will always appear when times are hardest. There’s a Spawn fan video someone made years ago. There’s a kid in a grocery store and demons are clawing their way towards him. Spawn appears from nowhere and acts as a protector, holding back the evil.
That’s how that side of me feels. It keeps me safe. It makes sure I’m not in danger. It has one sole purpose and it executes that purpose amazingly. Whether he ends up taking me directly to one of the only friends who can calm me down and make sure I’m okay, or just holds back the darkness long enough for me to find my feet again, I’m always safe.
So I felt it was fitting to get a tattoo to remind myself of that part of me. That part that keeps me alive. There’s no shame in finding that some days you can’t fight your battles alone; everyone needs a helping hand every once in a while. My Spawn might come from a place of darkness, but from that negativity he draws power. And that power has saved my life more than a few times.
“There are things in this world that most people are afraid to face. Little dark corners they’re too scared to look in. Thoughts they won’t allow themselves to think. Lines they won’t allow themselves to cross.
“They’re frightened little children hiding beneath the covers of their empty lives, afraid to face the monsters that they know must dwell there.
“But that’s where the strength is. That’s where the power lies. Behind the fear; that’s the secret to greatness. Hunt down the thing you fear most and conquer it.
“Embrace it. Commune with it. Master it.
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I know realize that not all hope is lost regarding superhero movies and Disney's monopoly (since Warner has been dropping the ball lately, according to fans). I'd love to see a (shared) universe of Spawn, The Darkness, Witchblade and more.
I know there's a Spawn movie coming up that will be more horror, low budget and not necessarily revolving around Spawn, but to get some big bucks and a huge audience it should probably be bigger. Don't get me wrong, I'd love any movie with Spawn, but I would also love some healthy competition (with R-Rated content). I haven't read any Image comics for over 10 years now and I'm seeing a lot of new title with some interesting premises. What should I definitely pick up? What are some of the best Image stories I should read?
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