In the summer of 1990 I attended the annual Chicago Comicon. I brought along Xeroxed copies of two finished stories to hand out to publishers. I ran into the Caliber Press table and met Gary Reed (publisher), and handed him the samples. One year later I received a call in Lubbock, TX that Caliber would like to do a one-shot comic of my creation. I had total creative-control. That was how Tad Martin was born. The first issue sold well enough that Gary offered me a five-issue contract. Over the next 4 issues my style clarified and I learned by doing.
I will be posting the others within the week.