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Canadian Comics Author of Independent Comics! Ask Me Anything!

Two Gargoyles Comics
Nov 8, 2017

Interested in creating your own comics? Selling them online or at conventions? Do you write? Draw? If you love comics and want to make 'em, ask me anything! I have over 20 years experience in both webcomics and print comics, and over 30 years attending and exhibiting at conventions. 

A good work ethic, knowledge of the tools of the trade, knowing how to communicate with creative partners, and most importantly how to market yourself - I'm happy to share everything I've learned!

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Have you had any creations that were made into film?

Nov 9, 6:08AM EST0

I have not. But in today's climate of comics being recognized as desirable candidates for film, it is certainly a dream of mine! 

Nov 11, 11:28AM EST0

Claim it! do you have a twitter account I can follow?

Nov 15, 5:17AM EST0

What is a reasonable amount of time to expect the creation of a comic to take from script to pencils to colours to finish? 

Nov 8, 10:00PM EST0

My comics are 24 pages, and as independent creators, both myself and my artists have full-time jobs other than comics.  That being said, I think six months is not unreasonable to finish a full-colour comic; that's basically one page per week. Would I LIKE to do it faster? Of course.  But six months is reasonable.

Nov 11, 11:27AM EST0

One more question:  If you write but don't draw, how do you find an artist that you trust with your vision of the story?  If an artist wants to pitch their work to a writer,  what is the best means to do that?  Do prefer seeing their original work, or should they draw one of your characters?  

Nov 8, 7:51PM EST0

I spend a lot of time online looking at artist galleries. Sometimes, a style will speak to me, and I'll approach the artist about working with me on a project.  There has to be a "vibe" to their work that appeals to me for the project I'm envisioning, for sure.  Conversely, if an artist wants to pitch their work to a writer, they should try to find out what the writer's goal is.  Like, don't pitch your superhero art to a horror writer, for example.  Try to find something that appeals to what the writer is going for.  I prefer to see their original work, to see how they draw when they're drawing what THEY want, before I ask them to draw my characters.

Nov 8, 7:56PM EST0

What is your most rewarding moment as a comic book writer?  Conversely, what causes you the most frustration as an independant creator?

Nov 8, 7:22PM EST0

The most rewarding moment ever is when someone who has read my work wants to talk to me about it. There is no feeling of connection like it. First, they liked my story enough to read it! Secondly, it MATTERED enough to them to want to talk about it! What causes me the most frustration is when I can't communicate with the artists I work with-- when we're away from each other too long, when we can't make ourselves understood to each other, when things aren't working.

Nov 8, 7:31PM EST0
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Do you have any projects that you are working on right now? 

Nov 8, 7:07PM EST1

I am currently working on the third issue of my horror comic, GLOAMING-- and have launched my very first Kickstarter to fund it. (Kickstarter is at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/twogargs/gloaming-3 if you would like to contribute!)

Nov 8, 7:08PM EST2

Where are you from

Nov 7, 5:56PM EST0

Calgary, Alberta, Canada!

Nov 8, 7:04PM EST0

Do you have favorite character?

Nov 7, 8:24AM EST0

I would say my favourite character of my own is Thunder!

Nov 8, 7:04PM EST0

How has your practice changed over time?

Nov 6, 6:29PM EST0

I've learned to rein myself in, to concentrate on what can fit on a page vs. writing everything I'm thinking into action or dialogue; in other terms, I self-edit before committing to typing, forcing myself to channel the ideas into something practical rather than indulging my whims.

Nov 6, 7:00PM EST0

How old were you when you started writing?

Nov 6, 8:31AM EST0

I have always written stories, jokes, scripts, ideas-- for myself. I started writing for other people in 1995, so at the age of 25.

Nov 6, 7:01PM EST0

How long did it take you to create your comic book?

Nov 6, 7:35AM EST0

My first book, Diaperman, was created a little bit at a time as a webcomic- I could write a script in ten minutes because it was only a few panels. Nowadays, a 24 page script takes me about four days to write, another day to edit.

Nov 6, 7:02PM EST0

What’s your background?

Nov 6, 6:42AM EST0

I'm an actor, writer, comedian, improvisor, voice-over person-- I love performance. I love self-expression. I love creating things, and I especially love creating something with another person, experiencing the exchange of ideas becoming something greater than either of us could do alone.

Nov 6, 7:05PM EST0

What themes do you pursuit?

Nov 5, 11:49PM EST0

There are a lot of themes I enjoy and want to pursue. I love superheroes, but I always want to tell the story about the person BEHIND the mask. I love magic, the supernatural, horror, gay themes, comedy, and exploring emotions.

Nov 6, 7:18PM EST0

What do you think is the key to comic book success?

Nov 4, 11:54PM EDT0

Quality, of course. Integrity- telling your story your way without pandering. Uniqueness can be a factor, but it is not the only factor. Marketing- you have got to promote yourself, you have got to get out there! I am still learning how to do that. And also- meeting your audience. Let them see you, get to know you, reach out to them; it creates a personal relationship.  For example, one of the reasons I hav a table at conventions is to introduce myself to my audience, and hopefully leave them with a good impression of me so that they remember my work!

Nov 5, 6:58PM EST0

Are your comic books in stores in your country?

Nov 4, 7:58AM EDT0

Right now, I hand-deliver them to my local stores for the "local creators" wall. I'm working on discovering how I might be able to get them in more stores across the country. Sometimes when I travel for work, I will visit comic stores in other cities and drop my books off there! (I can legitimately say you can find my books coast-to-coast-- since I was lucky enough to visit both coasts one summer! However, I haven't been able to get back to replenish the stock. :) )

Nov 4, 8:53PM EDT0

Where are you from?

Nov 3, 12:12PM EDT0

Calgary, Alberta!

Nov 3, 12:53PM EDT0

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Nov 3, 11:23AM EDT0

Sitting in the screenwriter's chair for a movie being made about one of my comics.

Nov 3, 12:54PM EDT0

Are your comics designed for adults and children?

Nov 3, 11:22AM EDT0

My work is pitched towards an older audience-- I would say high school or older.

Nov 3, 12:54PM EDT0

What is the best starting point for someone that wants to pursuit a career in comics writing?

Nov 3, 9:56AM EDT0

Start writing. A great resource for how to shape your writing for comics is "Words For Pictures," a book by Brian M. Bendis. 

Nov 3, 12:55PM EDT0

Do you think it is easy to create a character people will love?

Nov 3, 7:22AM EDT0

If you create a character YOU love, that's a start-- because the genuine emotion you feel will show itself in the character.

Nov 3, 12:55PM EDT0

What is your all time favorite comic?

Nov 3, 5:26AM EDT0

I have been reading comics for over 30 years, so I have many favourites, but one of the strongest in terms of impact on me has been ElfQuest, by Wendy and Richard Pini.  The next most riveting work that immediately springs to mind is Joe Hill's "Locke and Key."

Nov 3, 12:57PM EDT0
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