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May 2016

Comics, This Bites

An Interview With David Degrand of This Bites.

May 30, 2016 • By

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What was the one thing that made you want to be a part of the This Bites creative team?

I love that I’m allowed to really have fun with illustrating material for Not So Super Comics. Jacques likes his artists to really be themselves and have fun, which is refreshing.

Your artwork and style for This Bites is reflective of the 90s Nickelodeon animated series (Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life) did any of those series inspire your art?

Absolutely! The Ren and Stimpy Show was and has been my biggest influence since seeing it around age 11. As a kid I spent almost all my free time watching Nickelodeon and trying to draw the characters, so that influence is deeply ingrained in me.

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What types of things do you do to recharge your creative side?

I’m a huge film geek so I try and go see movies when I can get a break. I’m also a big toy and book collector so I like to check out flea markets and antique stores for cool stuff.

What is the one element of your artwork gives you the most satisfaction?

Drawing weird, gross and colorful cartoon art is my way of blowing off steam and relaxing, the whole process is very satisfying to me. Just being creative all day and living in my weird world makes me incredibly happy.

What’s something that you enjoy most about This Bites?

Jacques was able to bring something very new and refreshing to the whole vampire mythos, which really surprised me when I first read the script as stories about vampires have been around for centuries. I love the modern take on the classic monster, and had a blast drawing it!

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Are there certain tools that you use to create, and which ones do you prefer the most?

I’m a very low tech guy, so my main drawing tools or an assortment of technical pens (the Faber Castell Pitt artist pens are my favorites). After inking I use Photoshop for colors, nothing fancy!

Where can people who enjoy your work find you on the Internet?

My website is www.degrandland.com, and I can be easily found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Comics, This Bites

Jacques Nyemb and Marc Jackson discuss “This Bites.”

May 23, 2016 • By

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Jacques, what is This Bites all about and why they should someone read it?

If a story about a vegan, hipster dude, being bitten by a vampire; trekking with his ex vampire hunting grandma; to destroy the vampire who bit him; does not pique anyone’s interest, I don’t know what will.

Marc, what influenced the lettering style you delivered for this comic?

Well, not only do I letter comics, I make them too and the style, font and approach comes from there. I found a font that I felt was really suited to my drawing style, that had a looser hand-lettered look at times. I then spend time changing the case of certain letters etc etc to make it more unique from panel to panel.

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Jacques, what inspired/influenced you to make this comic?

It was during the twilight movie days. I was getting tired of vampires. Which led me to imagine hipster vampires at an organic shop…That somehow morphed into the story we created. It was an amalgamation of random thoughts and trying to be fun and unique.  

Marc, how long have you been a letterer and what drew you to the profession?

Like I say, I letter all my own comics too as I’m a cartoonist, lettering for good folks like Jacques came after I started self-publishing and I really enjoy it. So if anymore lettering jobs come along, I’ll happily jump on those!

Jacques, when collaborating with artist David Degrand and letterer Marc Jackson, what challenges did the team as a whole face while creating this comic?

There were no challenges whatsoever. It was weird because having a letterer in the UK and having a professional artist who’s working on SpongeBob, should have made things difficult. But my team was professional and rose to the occasion by create something better than I could have ever imagined.

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Marc, what element of your work gives you the most overall satisfaction?

Seeing a page of a comic come together knowing that I’ve learnt from the last job I did and made it better.

Jacques, will there be more of This Bites in the future?

DEFINITELY!

Fans of the story will be treated to a full one shot book that will explain everything. I’m nearly done with the script and will be getting it edited in the next few months.

Marc, do you have any other future projects on your creative plate?

Yes indeed! I have a 21 page comic featuring my character Duckless (a comic drawing duck) called ‘Here come the Bazooka mutants!’ which starts in Volume 21 of Aces Weekly www.acesweekly.co.uk an online anthology comic from V for Vendetta’s David Lloyd. Plus a brand new space comic called Goons of the Galaxy which again features in Aces, this time in Volume 23 starting in July. I also do a regular comic for my local paper and a super-hero strip called KA-PUNCH for the UK’s Comic Heroes magazine!

Jacques and Marc, where can fans of This Bites find you on the internet?

Jacques: I can be found on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jnyemb

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jnlovescomics

If you’re curious about Not So Super Stuff, go to:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nsscomics

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NotSoSuperComics/
Marc: Right here www.marcmakescomics.co.uk – ENJOY!


Comics, Smorgasbord Squad

An Interview With Justin Wood of Smorgasboard Squad.

May 16, 2016 • By

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What is your drawing/artistic routine like?
Day job till 8 pm most nights, get home, eat, and then procrastinate/art till around 4 or 5 in the morning.
What excited you to be a part of the Smorgasbord Squad comic?
Jacques enthusiasm is infectious and is inspiring to work with. He wants to build something, and I appreciate that and want to help that happen.
How much revision and editing do you do while working?
Once I draw something and am happy with it, I try not to touch it again, but I do polish corners and clean up lines obsessively.

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How much influence did you have in the creation/concept of the Smorgasbord Squad team?
Concept was all Jacques, but he maintains a pretty great atmosphere of collaboration on his projects and lent me a lot of freedom to bring ideas to the table.

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While creating comics, what tools do you use?
Depends on the comic. On ‘Smorgasbord Squad’ I did the whole thing digitally, using Photoshop and a Wacom tablet.
When making sequential pages, do you compose/layout the page as a whole or do you focus on individual panels?
I tend to sketch my pages out on paper first, even if I’m doing them digitally, not so much strict guidelines but rather messy scribblings to figure out how to make everything fit. A lot of the details of the panel itself is determined while drawing it, but the overall page composition is foremost in my mind when approaching a new page.

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What other artists or artwork that you enjoy or inspire you?
Kayla Miller, Nicole Hamilton, Jesse Mead, Rebecca Sugar, InCase, Leigh Walls, Rupert Everton, Felix Colgrave, Hiroyuki Imaishi
Tell us where people who enjoy your work can find you on the internet, if you choose to.
I’m on Twitter, but I’m currently actively avoiding anything more than friendly interactions with other artists. That might change in the near future, but for now, effectively nowhere.


Comics, Smorgasbord Squad

An Interview With Kayla Miller of Smorgasboard Squad.

May 2, 2016 • By

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What do you enjoy most about working on Smorgasbord Squad?
I like working on a team with fellow creatives. Jacques is always very receptive to feedback and ideas.

Who has had the most artistic influence on you outside of the comic book industry, and why?

I would have to say the author Etgar Keret. He’s one of my favorites and I really admire his storytelling. Even in his very short stories he’s able to give you a solid sense of the characters and their world. I try to do that in my art as well as my writing, creating little microcosms where you don’t know everything but you feel like you do.

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What part of your artistic process gives you the most joy?

All of it aside from setting type. I would draw, ink, color, design, hand-letter, write, paint, and sketch all day if I could… but getting myself to sit down and set type in illustrator always feels like pulling my own teeth out.

What tools do you use while creating comics and art?

I ink all of my work traditionally using brush pens and then color in photoshop.

What other artists or art forms that you enjoy or inspire you?

I love animation and film. You can get a lot of really good ideas for layouts for comics from watching movies. I took narrative cinema courses in college and people would ask me why, but comics are so similar to film when it comes to pacing and visuals that it feels like a really clear connection to me.

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What does your drawing space look like on a daily basis?

I tend to clean up before I start working and file everything that isn’t relevant to the task at hand away. So I start out with a nice clean drafting table and my laptop open on my desk. By the time I’m finished it’s usually a bit messier than that though, especially since I like to snack while I’m drawing.

Do you have any other projects in the works?

Always! I’m constantly working on my webcomic Creep as well as freelance illustration, other comic book work, writing, and gallery work. It’s rare for me not to have several things brewing at once.

Tell us where people who enjoy your work can find you on the internet.

Webcomic: Creepcomic.com  

Tumblr: Kaykedrawsthings.tumblr.com

Twitter: http://Twitter.com/Kayke

Portfolio: http://Kayla-miller.com