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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


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Creator Spotlight: Jacques Nyemb.

April 18, 2016 • By

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Where did your love for comic books and the arts come from?

As a child, everyone noticed how much I loved drawing, reading and cartoons. It was so much of my personality that my dad’s friends got me comic books to read. I was so hooked that everyone who knew me got me comics. It didn’t matter what kind either.

What was the moment that you decided that you wanted to create comic books?

My brother and I made comics when we were kids. They were mainly rip-off Batman stories, with us using our imaginary fortunes to fight crimes. The sense of freedom we had in being transported into the worlds we created, was something amazing.

That dream never died. Everything I’ve done pretty much involved me telling a story in some fashion. It took me trying to write a novel to realize what I wrote would make a great comic book. So I switched gears to do just that.

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Excerpt From Smorgasbord Squad.

You have three comics that are digitally released through Crowntaker Studios (Not So Super, This Bites, and Smorgasbord Squad) which are all-ages books. What was your desire to create all-ages comics?

At the time I decided to make all-age comics, publishers were focusing solely on the adult crowd. The comics at that time seemed to be edgy and out of the reach for children or people who missed light hearted fun stories. Being a father now and taking my oldest child to a convention recently, sparked the passion again of welcoming a new generation of comic fans. A group that wants to see themselves as well as share the joy sprinkled within the stories.

You have many role in creating comics, serving as creator, writer, editor, and as a publisher. What are the challenges that you face while creating comics?

BURNOUT.

Being mostly a one man team is draining. On top of that finding money to get project completed is no small task either. But I’ve learned to organize my time to meet my deadlines and budget my project to ensure I don’t break the bank (to much). While being there for my family. It’s an artful juggling of things.

Smorgasbord Squad is one of your most creative all-ages endeavors. What inspired you to make this comic?

Like all of my projects, it starts with me thinking of outrageous scenarios. I felt like there weren’t enough comics with food costumed heroes. When I started thinking about that, memories of the warm fuzzies I felt as a kid, from the original animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, inspired me to make something ridiculous, yet plausible.

Who are some creators of all mediums that inspire you?

What really influenced me is looking at other independent comic creators who do this for the love of it. Some are actually making some income from it, but you can sense their commitment to creating quality comics. Folks like Afua Richardson, Justin Peterson, Anthony Piper, Ashley Woods and Fabian Rangel Jr come to mind instantly because they do just that. Their stories and comics are creating a loyal fan base. Which is something hard to do in the indie comic realm.

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Excerpt from This Bites.

What’s your typical work routine?

I have a day job that has nothing to do with comics.  So I spend most of my nights and weekends writing stories, working with artists, planning and shipping books. During the day I check into a Facebook group I created called the Not So Super Lab, where I chat with other creators to learn about their processes. It’s a great way to not feel alone in the struggle of being independent creators.

What is one important thing that you’ve learned in life (creative or personal) and why is it important to you?

I’ve learned to take breaks and spend time with family. It’s really tempting to put the foot on the gas and work without stopping, but in doing that the quality of life suffers. And when you are a creative who wants to share the best of the world, it becomes difficult to do when one is jaded.

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Excerpt from Not So Super.

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

I can be found on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jnyemb

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

 

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