Oh boy I have a Lot Of Feelings about this!
The very short answer: YES. START.
The longer reason: The wonderful/terrible/wonderful thing about the internet, about blogs and forums and webcomics, is that there is no low bar.There is no need to “qualify”, no need to pass some kind of invisible line of “enough talent” to start putting your work out there. And I can’t emphasize strongly enough what a positive thing that is.
As a young kid, I was lucky enough to live by a library with a great comic book collection. I devoured all the Tintin books, and made my way through a good chunk of Golden Age Flash and Wonder Woman comics. I enjoyed them immensely, but they didn’t exactly spark a creative fire in me. Then, when I reached middle school, I discovered webcomics.
Here’s the thing about webcomics, which is the exact thing about the whole internet: you don’t have to ‘qualify’. You can suck as much as you want. But as soon as you start, you’re on a path to getting better. As Jake in Adventure Time sagely says (and I think I’ve probably quoted before): sucking is just the first step to being kinda good at something. The comic I always credit with opening that little door in my mind is El Goonish Shive, which started heregot to this and then this. It’s by no means the Sistine Chapel, but the thing that blew my little mind and set that first little fire in my heart was that you could actually see the improvement over time. Where Tintin and Wonder Woman came published and packaged as though they sprang fully-formed into the world, with webcomics I could suddenly see through that illusion to the reality underneath: that talent is really just hard work over a long period of time, and that every artist and every skill has a starting place.
I started my first terrible, terrible webcomic knowing that it would suck (and also somehow simultaneously being certain of being awarded an Eisner within the year). Seeing other people out there brave enough to share their path with the world helped me get over that first stumbling block of fear and shame, and actually put my stuff out in public.
Which brings me around to the other great thing about doing that: feedback and discipline :) Once you start, you’ll find two things. One is that you’ll get critique and feedback on your work. If you actually listen to how people respond to your art, and to crit from those more experienced than you, you’ll improve faster and faster. And two, you’ll find that posting art or comics is a great way to form habit and discipline. Webcomics especially. Needing to keep your deadlines and post on specific days every week keeps you honest about your work and your time. I never would have drawn as much if I hadn’t committed myself to getting a comic out M/W/F through most of high school.
To sum up:
1. Sucking is ok!
2. Post shit anyways!
3. Keep your mind open to critique and feedback!
4. STICK TO IT!
… as a gesture of good faith… deep breath…
…here’s a link to my terrible, terrible high school webcomic.
We all gotta start somewhere - now go and START :)