"You can't pay the bills reading comic books and they have no base in reality." Bummer, right? My grandma told me this at age thirteen that reading comic books was basically a waste of time.
I am a lot older now and I sometimes find myself looking back at that moment as the game changer. I was stunned and saddened. I know she didn't mean to try to kill my buzz that I got from reading comic books. She was just a grandma who wanted me to have a job that was reliable.
Ironically, bemusedly, today, everything I do is inspired from comic books. I became a filmmaker, animator, graphic artist, art historian and educator. Yeah, I know that was a mouth full, but its true. I hold degrees in, and played a part professionally, or have been teaching all these subjects for years.
I started at a small advertising company called Kaja Productions, performing in different roles, everything from digital photography to layout design. My aspirations were to be independent, free from the shackles of management so I created a company called Pawdog Productions and have been chugging along ever since.
Becoming an educator was the best accident that ever happened to me. I won't elaborate with you on how it happened, that is a story for another day. What I can tell you is that I find sharing what I know humbling, and getting inspired by what students are doing keeps me young.
Ross Grandin currently resides in Oakdale, New York in the once Vanderbilt owned Idle Hour community. He is happily married to his wife Danielle and they have two boys, Ethan and Max.