I've wanted to write comics almost since I first started reading them regularly, at the age of about fifteen... My ambition was sealed the first time I saw bestselling comics author Neil Gaiman speak during my freshman year at BU. Someone in the crowd asked him what he would change if he knew he was going to die in two weeks. He paused for a moment, and then smiled and said, "Nothing." Very close to a religious conversion, I admired anything that was both ascetic and profound, and thought this was one of the more graceful sentiments I had ever heard. I wanted to get to a similar point, psychologically and artistically, and hearing this from someone who'd written very beautiful comics seemed to confirm that comics were a vehicle one could use to get there.