When the going gets tough…
You'd better hope the guy in the cubicle next to yours is Lance.
When you're the new kid in the schoolyard, you've gotta do something big to establish your reputation.
This week I'm taking the fight to the biggest kid on the playground.
Lance Bunkman is the Hardest Working Character in Comics, and Clark Kent is a lazy bum.
A wise man once reminded us that you don't tug on Superman's cape.
Pretty good advice if you ask me, but no one's ever written a ballad extolling the virtues of Clark Kent: mild-mannered reporter.
He's got one of easiest jobs ever. All he's got to do is write a couple hundred words a day.
Additionally, his alter-ego is the subject of most of his stories.
Should be a piece of cake, but he can't even get these puff pieces of his in on deadline.
One of the fastest men on the planet just sits around the office with an "Aw, shucks" look on his face,
hiding behind a smile that says "Gee, I'd love to really do a "Super" job here today, but I can only type so fast on these primitive earth computers of yours."
I'm not suggesting that he bust out a kryptonian laptop in the Planet's bullpen, but how bout you cobble together a high speed pencil and hand in some long-hand notes?
I'm not too surprised though; Clark Kent has been underperforming in his workplace for decades.
Kent is the poster boy for "Giving it the smallest fraction of your potential." I expected more from the greatest hero in recent history.
For all Toronto readers, we, the writers, will be appearing at two upcoming events. The first is the Speakeasy Comic Book Show at the Gladstone Hotel on next Thursday, November 6th.
If you`ve never been it`s a great chance to chat with creators in an informal gallery kind of environment while downing a few beers too.
How many comic shows let you do that? Also -- upcoming at the Toronto Comicon show on November 30th. Hope to see you there.