I co created an iPhone comic app, designed it, had a friend program it and submitted to the App Store in 2007(or '08-can’t remember) (took two weeks, primarily cus I had to draw it). It got “banned” (really apple knocked it back asking for the content to be changed to be less violent) and apple’s reaction caused world wide press. Within a few weeks I’d left my job, begin programming the back end to allow the app to host NBCs Heroes comic and it looked like I was at the bottom floor of what I knew to be a multi million pound industry (I know this because I did a presentation to an entrepreneurs competition - 3 weeks after we’d built the app - and came second - they said “Without there being any other iPhone comic companies it’s hard to know if you’re right about it being a multi million pound industry”)
We decided not to take any outside investment, I realised I’d left one computer job to do another computer job, so I took the cash from that to kickstart my comic career. But I was the only direct link the company had to the comic industry so it floundered I think (can’t speak for hose guys, but I think they pivoted back to games)
My son youngest son was born around the same time (actually he’s July '08-so musta been 2008) then my wife’s brother committed suicude shortly following the suicide of his girlfriend and my son spent the first few years of his life in and out of hospital with asthma. So it was a startling high followed by a long startling low. We’re back at a normal level now though, I think.
And there endith the weirdest 15 minutes of my life.
(Ooh the app was called “murderdrome” - it was a comic written by Al Ewing - you can google it with my name if you like…)