Brian Wyrick, editor and publisher of Robot Paper, and partner in an interactive agency (“That’s my day job,” he says) is one busy man. Speeding along the highway between Indianapolis and Nashville, Brian talks about the comic book business that may not pay all the bills, but occupies a large place in his heart. Indeed, the small creative company now in its third year shows all the signs of a burgeoning success.
It’s a high–wire act, but Brian, a former graphic designer turned entrepreneur appears to have the brains, dedication, and initiative to make it work.
How does he do it? Brian likes jumpstarting things, but understands the power inherent in delegating and teamwork: “I like making things happen, creating things. I learned early on in my career how much more I could get done by putting together a team of people who were better at things than I am.”
And he knows how to overcome self–doubt and to ask for help, even when he’s uncertain of the response. This kind of overreaching of limitations is what makes dreams come true.
Robot Paper began with a leap of faith, when Brian’s high school friend Jamison Raymond pitched a comic book idea to him. The unique idea for a comic about henchmen grabbed Brian and soon turned into a reality with Jamison as Henchmen’s writer and Brian managing the business. They found artist Ryan Howe, who did all the artwork for the book, and got started.