Welcome to the blog series; Daddy’s Issues, from Indie comic creator, Johnny Craft. Come along chapter by chapter as this comic book writer explores the journey of expecting his first child and all the emotions and creative challenges that come along with it.
**For this entry, I will say this once and only once: Don’t judge me. I’m not a bad person.**
Everyone knows that having your first child comes with a period of adjustment. No one can expect to pop out a kid and live the exact same lifestyle. It’s very simple Life Science. I am in for a few pretty extreme changes myself, which I haven’t made yet, but certainly, intend to. For example, sitting on the living room floor with a coffee, writing Daddy’s Issues, and chain-smoking weed will have to go by the wayside fairly soon.
I love drugs… Let me rephrase that… I am an enthusiast of CERTAIN drugs. I smoke my weight in marijuana on a regular basis, and I have never been known to turn down a hallucinogen. If they were easier to find, I would probably have a steady diet of psilocybin mushrooms and ecstasy pills.
My love affair with mind-altering substances wasn’t always so limited. I used to indulge in anything that was on offer. My only rule was: No Heroin, No Meth, No Crack. Aside from that, was an equal opportunity drug abuser.
I loved coke. Fucking LOVED IT! I used to spend all my expendable income on the stuff, as a matter of fact. I knew I needed to stop doing it though when I started doing rails on a Friday morning and finally got around to getting some sleep… on Tuesday night.
My routine was always simple, back in those days. Coke, online poker, start drinking at 4, more coke, more online poker, sports betting, coke. Sleep when I’m dead.
I used to get blitzkrieg drunk almost every night, as well. Loved scotch. I think I was unintentionally named after Johnny Walker (Black label, to be specific). It also was no rarity for me to put down 2-3 bottles of red wine in a night.
On January 21st, 2014, I decided to see if I could challenge myself to go 30 days without drinking any alcohol. I haven’t had a drop of booze since.
So, I am capable of kicking bad habits. I’ve done it a thousand times. I don’t drink, smoke cigarettes, or do any hard drugs anymore. No more gambling, reckless driving, and womanizing either! Now, I just need to work on chain-smoking marijuana and using “fuck” like it’s “um”. The future of my baby depends on it.
For the most part, I have put my savage hard-partying days behind me. I just need to make a few more tweaks, before Babylove arrives. Fortunately, for my comic book audience though, a
version of my piece-of-shit self will still live on in superhero form. Look forward to “Nitro Johnny: Origins” coming soon.
I’m very interested to see how my work-rate is impacted by my first born baby. As it stands right now, I notice myself writing severely less than I used to. I attribute that to me actually having a life and things to live for, now. I could churn out a comic book script in three days before Jovelyn came into the picture. People always ask how I am able to be so prolific in my comic book writing, stockpiling over 100 scripts. The answer is pretty simple: It used to be the only thing I would do.
I am still putting in a pretty good amount of work with my writing, despite downgrading it to my part-time job, instead of a second full-time job. I have a whole comic book universe that I want to create for ComixCentral and even my own indie superhero universe that I’ve been planning since I started writing. These things are starting to come together really well, even though I spend most of my time cooking and rubbing sore parts of my fiancé, rather than only writing. It’s so much better this way, though. Yeah, I can get a lot done as a shut-in, boring mother fucker, but memories with Jovelyn are much more fulfilling than anything else I could create. I imagine spending time with our kid would be just as satisfying.
Adjustment is a huge part of anyone’s life, regardless of if they’ve chosen to start a family or not. You have to be flexible if you want to maintain a level of success in any aspect of life. There ya go, faithful reader, have a nice li’l Tony Robbins moment for yourself.
I’m going to make the changes that I need to. It won’t be a problem. I mean, no promises that I won’t have a sneaky smoke if anyone ever decides to babysit.
I’ve seen some terrible examples of parenting in my time, when it comes to stuff like that. I’ve been taking bong hits in strange living rooms with almost-strangers, and all the sudden a toddler that I wasn’t aware existed walks into the room. I panicked, stuck the bong behind the couch, and the creeps I was smoking with actually said, “no, it’s fine”. NO, IT ISN’T!!!
I plan on setting a good example for my child, even if I haven’t made the best choices myself. I still haven’t decided if I plan on “lying” to the kid with Santa, Tooth Fairy, etc., but I do know that I will be honest with my child about the dangers of certain things. I’ve been around the block enough times and did drugs in most of the houses, so I have experience with a variety of different human beings. I think I can take that experience and adapt it to parenting with ease. Life is about to get a lot more interesting. I’m about to be someone’s role model.
Johnny Craft is a comic book writer, who is constantly looking for new talented artists to bring his scripts to life. Johnny’s physical composition is made up of 20% ambition, 30% talent, 40% coffee, and 10% illicit drugs.
Edited by Joey Sheehan