What things/ sources do you use as references the most often?
Hey hey! Do you mean as reference for reference to draw from, or to steal(inspiration) from?
I have an inspiration blog where I post/reblog things that get me pumped and remind me about why I like all this stuff, etc http://neotenybox.tumblr.com/
I have a few things that are my go-to for “feeling”/atmosphere inspiration. Ridge Racer Type 4, MGS1, FFVIII, any Chiaki J. Konaka anime, The sprawl trilogy, Zeiram, YMO, Luna Sea, the Mad Max 2/Escape from NY/Waterworld holy trinity etc and so on!
I feel pretty calm and happy for a monday evening … this is good
On a completely unrelated note, Lullaby of Resembool from the FMAB soundtrack is playing and it makes me feel really nice. Another album I’ve been playing for most of these last two weeks is milonogiannis's Slow Rock. It's so calming and swirly. It's like the embodiment of my late night bike rides home from uni. Ahhhhhhhh
Hey, it’s always so fun and unexpected when someone says something nice about the music stuff. Thanks, glad you dig it! Here it is if you don’t know what we’re talking about:
Hey was actually really excited to hear you were going to be doing to issues of Ultimates. I love both Fiffe's self published work and your stuff, so even though I never ended up buying an issue of it on Fiffe's name alone I'm eagerly waiting to see what you guys did as a collaborative effort. Also did you check out any of his self published work before working on the Ultimates?
Hey, thanks, I hope you’ll like it! And yeah, I really dug Copra before Michel and I knew each other. I first found out about his work from the Savage Dragon funnies book Paul Maybury paulmaybury and I had a story in (Michel was putting that book together). Thanks again, and let us know what you think when the issue’s out.
I want to support Giannis but I hate Marvel. What do I do about his upcoming issues of All-New Ultimates?
I bought the Stokoe Avengers when it came out. and I certainly don’t want to tell anyone what they should spend their money on. Giannis always does fun comics, I’m sure it’ll be great. (also I’m sure it’ll be chocked full of garbage ads)
Marvel as a giant shitty branch of a larger shitty company will not bend on the sales of a couple of comic books. For me it’s more about putting less value on these places with gross history.
But also, if you prefer to not put your hard earned ducats in their pockets you can just bootleg the thing and buy the next book of his own Giannis does.
I know guys like Giannis and Stokoe have a ton of stories of their own to tell and I do love that we’re in a time where them working at some corporate company is more of a one off and not their whole careers. The future is bright like that.
So yeah, fuck the Po-lice, fuck corporate comics, fuck that weak shit—
I switched to faber-castell 0.5 B leads a while ago and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been penciling. (I still prefer just drawing straight in ink but I’m nowhere near drawing comics straight to ink. These days my favorite ink sketching pen is a zebra fude pen).
If you don't mind me asking, how long did it take you to really come into your own style where you felt "okay I found my niche" & how long did that take practice wise?
Conglomerating the things you like (or dislike) into your “own thing” is more of a practice thing than a time thing, at least it was for me. I think I drew easily over 100 pages where I was trying to figure out how to hold a pencil, how to draw inside little boxes, etc. I started seriously drawing in like 2006 or so, if that helps (and it’s always an ongoing thing, being yourself). But I think it’s more of a page volume thing than anything else. And don’t forget to have fun with it, too.
Hey man. I really love OCB, and can't wait to see more! I'm not sure if you've got this question, but what are the odds of reprints of the first volume, being the same size as the second? I love the HC, but I'm just wondering if that was an option at all.
Hey, thanks for the kind words! I’ll have to take this up to Boom/Archaia and see what they’ve got in mind. The book seems to be sold out at a lot of online places (though I’m really sure there’s plenty of copies sitting at comics stores, etc). I don’t even know if it’s out of print yet — and I doubt there’ll be a reprint before that happens. I wouldn’t hold my breath for it anytime soon, just so you know!