[DAILY SKETCHES] A Skrull's gotta eat, fam

Hey, fam,

This morning I sat down to do my Daily Sketch and years of Marvel Comics drove me to draw a female Skrull.

The Skrulls are a race of green shape-shifting aliens that first appeared in Fantastic Four #2 back in 1962.

Lady Skrull by Samax Amen
Crayola markers in Big Black Book 

Skrulls played a pivotal role in Marvel's recent movies Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home, which did a fun twist of humanizing them. 

I cleaned it up a little with photoshop.
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In the comics, Skrulls have been almost universally portrayed as evil.

It's easy to understand why. 

Skrulls target and invade other worlds, pretending to be friends with those they encounter with the sole purpose of plundering their riches and resources.

No one likes a dishonest predator.

It reminds me of the way people respond to salesmanship.  People associate selling with predatory behavior.

Salesmen are slimy, sleazy, sneaky interlopers. No more worthy of trust than an alien shape-shifting reptile.

Unless you're new here, fam, you know I disagree.

I recently attended a Facebook live hosted by James Wedmore of the Business By Design podcast and scribed the Sketch Notes below.

Selling stuff isn't inherently bad, or sleazy, or whatever.

People love buying stuff.

What they don't like is feeling manipulated.

So when I sell stuff, I just avoid the parts that are not cool.  I don't bully people, or twist at their guts, or mislead them.

I don't like force-feeding people either.

I prefer to attract people, then I show and tell.

If people want or need what I'm offering them, they buy.

If not, they don't.

No harm done to them or me either way.

Selling is Just a Tool that helps one make a living by helping others.  It doesn't have to be a predatory act with a winner and a loser.

In fact, if what you sell solves a problem your audience has, you have an obligation to let them know about it!

In that way, Selling is a Service.

Contrary to popular opinion, art helps people.

For example, comic book writer Grant Morrison explained the value of superhero comics like this:

"We created superheroes to inspire us.

To give us an idea of our better selves, and then we could imitate our better selves" 

Whether you entertain, or inspire, or educate, Someone Out There Needs You.

Transformation Begins With a Transaction.  If we are afraid to sell someone something when we know it will help them, lets not pretend we are being virtuous.

Fear is a strong motivator.  Fear isn't inherently bad, if it's helping us protect ourselves and others from real danger. 

How Much are You Ruled by Fear?  The fear of selling is really just the fear of what others will think.  It's an imaginary danger that our minds turn into a giant monster.

Declawing and de-fanging that monster is among the most important missions of my life.

So you can categorize me as a Skrull if you want.  I will continue to show up with my art, and offer value to you and the rest of my subscribers, because I care about you.

If you get tired of it, hit the back button or whatever.

No hard feelings, but I'm gonna make my mark the only way I know how.

A Skrull's gotta eat.


For the record, fam, I really appreciate you for letting me invade your inbox with my art and (hopefully valuable) rambling!

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Anyways, I gotta bounce, but if you need me, feel free to reach out!

Thanks again for reading,  fam.

Have a great weekend!
-Samax ("some AX") Amen

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