I've been trading emails with an artist that works for Marvel, on Spiderman comics specifically. I was caught drawing one day by a customer at Office Depot, who told me about a friend of his that teaches classes and draws comics himself, and so I tried emailing him. He seemed mostly interested in signing me up for the classes he teaches the first time, so I sort of let it die out.
Just recently I changed my major to Graphic Design from English, because I think I'm finally ready to really try. But it's terrifying, and I have no real idea of which direction to go, so I tried emailing him again to ask him about how he got to where he is today. (Which is always a bit of an ego stroke, so I think that was probably responsible for the response.) He gave me his entire life story -- which was surprisingly full of coincidence and chances leapt at. He even went to school with a Lit Major. In another email a day or so later he told me about the best ways to introduce myself to the sort of people that run comics, the best ways to be taken seriously, and offered to guide me to the right track and give me insider advice.
I just... this makes me feel like there's actually a chance for me. Like maybe this isn't just some pipedream that I can tell to people when they catch me drawing and would be disappointed with a 'oh, i just want to teach high school' answer.
If I could make a career out of something that I do in my spare time, I sort of feel as though I'd have done something right. I'd be pretty fucking happy, at least that much is true.
tl;dr: OH GOD OH GOD THIS IS EXCITING I WANT TO DRAW COMICS THIS BASTARD IS LIVING MY LIFE GOAL CAN HE TEACH ME TO BE AWESOME TOOOOOO