One of my inspirations are the fine films from Troma Entertainment! Films like Terror Firmer, The Toxic Avenger, and Poultrygeist really showed me it was okay to have an idea, even if it didn't fit into a popular media mold, and still have something really fun and great!
Troma taught me that having a voice/creating independent art is extremely important, not only to you, the audience, but me. It's important to my own little slice of happiness, my self worth, and my dirty socks.
I'm not so sure this is very well written as I'm all giddy, but I'm giddy for a reason. Lloyd Kaufman, the man behind Troma has written a forward for Slaughter Lake! Check it out here: http://slaughterlake.comicdish.com/index.php?pageID=3
And while you're at it GO WATCH SOME TROMA MOVIES!!!