I'm Niall Presnall, and the second issue of my comic, THE SPACE HEISTS OF VYVY AND QWERTY, is currently LIVE on KICKSTARTER! Ask Me Anything

@NiallPresnall
Nov 11, 2017

The Space Heists of Vyvy and Qwerty is a sci-fi buddy comedy comic about two best friends roaming the universe as thieves for hire until they find the one thing they can't steal: a purpose. 

Issue one was successfully Kickstarted in June of 2016 and now we're back to crowdfund issue two! 

With artist, Carlos Trigo, colorist, Osmarco Valladão, and letterer, Renee Arabia, we have a beautiful, energetic and fun adventure comic that needs your support!

Feel free to ask me anything, but don't forget to check out our Kickstarter and this preview of issue two!

You can follow me on twitter @NiallPresnall and follow @VyvyAndQwerty for updates and art!

Thanks for the questions!

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How long have you been doing this? 

Nov 10, 3:15PM EST0

My EARLIEST notes/scripts for this project go back to 2012, so... a while. 

I wasn't emotionally/mentally in a place back then where I could buckle down and get serious about this, but am now, so that's what I'm doing!

Nov 10, 3:41PM EST0

Do you think young generations are interested in comic books?

Nov 9, 9:51PM EST0

Yeah, I do! And if they aren't, they definitely can be. 

Now that you can download and read comics on a tablet, they're more accesible than they ever were when I was a kid. 

You also have to take into account the plethora of comic book movies influencing the culture we have for the younger generations now. 

Kids are interested in comics. I think the real problem is comics are less interested in kids.

Nov 10, 3:47PM EST0

Who has had the biggest influence on your comics career, and how has that person changed your work?

Nov 9, 7:48PM EST0

Thanks for the question!

The person I know personally who has had the biggest influence on my comics career is our artist, Carlos Trigo. Working with him has taught me a lot about writing for an artist and collaboration. He's also been extremely patient with me!

As a fan... Rick Remender is a big influence on me. I wouldn't necessarily say I seek to write the types of stories he does, but seeing how he puts himself into his work makes it extremely relatable to me and speaks to the idea of "writing what you know." While I may not know too much about the robotic inner workings of Qwerty on a technical level, I DO understand him on an emotional level, so I "write what I know" in that way. 

Hope that answers your question!

Nov 10, 3:55PM EST0

How long have you been writing?

Nov 9, 1:26PM EST0

I decided I wanted to write comics when I was 19 (I'm 30 now) so... that many years. 

Nov 9, 5:40PM EST0

How did you come up with the caracters for THE SPACE HEISTS OF VYVY AND QWERTY ?

Nov 9, 12:32PM EST0

I'm a big fan of "odd couples" in media and entertainment. The script for VnQ #1 started as a short writing exercise, but I quickly fell in love with the characters I was writing and decided to make something more of it. 

Nov 9, 5:42PM EST0

Are comic books easy to find at convienience stores?

Nov 9, 11:18AM EST0

Hmmmm.. I don't go into too many convenience stores! 

Comics typically aren't on the newsstand as much as they used to be, but sometimes you can find floppy issues in a 7/11 or even in a Toys R Us. I would always recommend going to your local comic shop though! 

Nov 10, 3:57PM EST0

Where are you from?

Nov 9, 10:31AM EST0

San Diego BAY-BEEEEE

Nov 9, 7:05PM EST0

What element of your work gives you the most personal satisfaction?

Nov 9, 10:26AM EST0

This is funny, because the answer isn't my work at all!

Opening up my e-mail and seeing my script come to life in a page of artwork from Carlos is the most satisfying thing. There's nothing like it, it makes everything feel REAL.

Nov 10, 3:59PM EST0

What inspires you the most?

Nov 9, 10:22AM EST0

Knowing that I'm not being the person I want to be unless I do this. 

Nov 10, 4:01PM EST0

When did you first decide that you wanted to create your own comics as a career?

Nov 9, 9:50AM EST0

Probably when I was around 19? Jobs suck, so if I have to have one, it might as well be doing something I love, putting something out into the world that's my own.

Nov 10, 4:01PM EST0

Are your comics for adults or children?

Nov 9, 9:22AM EST0

Vyvy and Qwerty is for the 12 and up crowd. I don't want to shy away from mature storylines, but I do want to present them in a way that they're accessible for most. 

Nov 10, 5:00PM EST0

What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?

Nov 9, 5:39AM EST0

Read comics... I like to play Overwatch and just beat the new Wolfenstein. I'm also a big fan (at least periodically) of pro wrestling. 

Nov 10, 5:05PM EST0

Are you going to sell your comics on line?

Nov 9, 5:22AM EST0

While I do hope to have my own online store soon, you can buy VnQ #1 online at comiXology!

Nov 10, 5:04PM EST0

What tools do you use to create comics and what makes them the “right tools” for you?

Nov 9, 1:07AM EST0

You know, as a writer I really just use Word. Probably a boring answer but there you go. 

Nov 10, 5:06PM EST0

Do you have other comics?

Nov 8, 11:36PM EST0

My only comic series at the moment is VnQ. I do have a variety of other projects and pitches I hope to get out into the world soon!

Nov 10, 5:07PM EST0

What has been the most rewarding project in your professional career – in or out of comics – and why?

Nov 8, 7:25PM EST0

It was definitely the first issue of VnQ. I had never done a full issue of a comic before, and in a lot of ways, me being a comic writer was theoretical. 

I had to shut up and do it, and it was rewarding not only to see the finished project, but to be allowed to do it because of all the great people that helped Kickstart it. 

Nov 10, 5:39PM EST0

What’s the most important “big idea” that you’ve learned in life – in or out of comics – and why is it important?

Nov 8, 6:44PM EST0

Out of comics? It's that fear is a bad reason to not do something.

In comics? It's that ideas are worthless. It's possible to have SO many ideas and none of them will be good. Most of them won't be. So when you start to develop something special, dive in!

Nov 10, 5:43PM EST0

We’ve all met very talented newcomers who are trying to get their first professional projects. What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard given to a promising new creator?

Nov 8, 6:39PM EST0

Something along the lines of "just do it."It's really easy to doubt yourself, to feel like a fraud and to let things get in the way of you creating what you want to create. At the end of the day, you don't need anyone's approval to create and be creative, and that's more true now than ever. 

For example, thanks to crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, I'm able to put my creation out into the world and people are able to help fund it. 

Nov 10, 5:28PM EST0

Who has had the biggest influence on you outside the comics industry, and how did they affect your life?

Nov 8, 6:19PM EST0

This is a romantic answer, but my girlfriend has inspired me and given me the confidence to believe I can pursue comics as a career. 

Nov 10, 5:32PM EST0
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