Isn’t it awesome we have yet another interview? And this is going to full-blown…
Sekhmet: “Cheers! Are you aware that this drink contains 98% alcohol and it will melt your inner works all the way to the bottom?”
David: What!? I mean, what are the other two percent? Can I have those? Or nevermind, I tend to ramble when I’m nervous. And you make me nervous. Am I rambling? I can’t tell when-
Sekhmet: “You’re officially boring me. So… Tell me about yourself, but don’t be too dramatic.”
David: Like CAPS LOCK DRAMATIC!?
Sorry… about myself huh? Well… I’m probably a pretty down-to-earth person. I’m married to my wife (yes, that makes sense) whom I’ve known since high school. I work as a social worker during my Clark Kent hours. I like people and their stories. Of which I get loads through my job. Incredible stuff! That’s one reason I wanted to make a comic! Because people are amazing and inexplicable. Good or bad, they really are.
I’m also a decent writer, in fact, Voidchild was initially mean to be a novel sort of story. But the comic format fit the story better in the end. I’m obsessed with stories and storytelling in all forms. But I get antsy nowadays if I’m not working on anything and just digest stuff. It’s important to relax though and I do that by exercising, spending time with my wife and/or friends. Oh, or with video games. I’ve always loved to sit down with a good game and immerse myself away from real life. Everything in moderation though!
Oh, and now I’m a comic creator too I guess…
Sekhmet: “Burp. Excuse me. Now I guess next question is… name three boring qualities and three awesome defects of yours.”
David: Uhm, do they have to be boring? Let me think (what did I say during my last job interview… that was pretty boring).
Right, here we go. I’m honest and transparent about my imperfections (not just the art). That’s one. Uhm… I guess I have some sort of flair for the dramatic (I love melodrama). And I know and love people. And that’s what my comic is mainly about. Sure, it’s a modern fantasy action mystery blah blah, but the characters and their interactions with each other is the main draw of Voidchild. So I’m trying to apply my strengths to the comic!
And defects… Well, for all my chanting about how honest and transparent I am I HATE admitting when I’m wrong! I mean, I’ll do it, after a while. But I hate it… I can also get “too passionate” about my work. I’m not trying to backdoor brag. I honestly get tunnel vision when I work on the comic sometimes which can make me neglect other stuff (like washing my weird hair or getting proper amounts of sleep).
Also, my wife says I can be a little daft! Hahaha!
Sekhmet: “I have no doubt about that. Next question. How the f- I mean, who the hell- I mean! What’s behind Voidchild? What moved you to create it?”
David: Uhm… I only started drawing about two years ago maybe. I had/have no formal training. No experience. No real talent. Just my weird scandinavian hair and a bunch of scripts I’d put together. I tried to find an artist who’d be willing to draw all my stuff, but I realized I couldn’t ask someone to be as invested in these characters and their fates as me and do all that. But I wanted to tell my story sooo bad that after a while I just sort of said “screw it, I’m gonna draw this comic myself now and that’s that”. So I guess I’m either stupid or stubborn, or maybe a combination of the two. Either way, I’m happy as can be!
Sekhmet: “And, hm, are you going to produce other void projects or any other comics?”
David: I don’t know… Do you think I should? I could make a Voidchild plushie or something. Think that would sell? Not that I’m asking you for money! Am I rambling again? It feels like I’m rambl-
Sekhmet: “You are!”
*In a very dramatic voice*: “If you were to talk to a penniless, young author crying his/her eyes out because all s/he’s coming up with is stuff nobody is going to read, what would you tell him/her?”
David: dramatic response I’D SAY—
sits back down
I’d say first of all, don’t make anything you wouldn’t want to read yourself. Second, you have to be willing to accept that some people aren’t going to like or want to read what you’re putting out. Third, if what you draw comics for is validation, you’re going about it all wrong. Be selfish and do it because you enjoy doing it! That enjoyment will come through in your work. And that will also increase the chance that people will actually want to read your stuff. Passion and enthusiasm is infectious and it will ooze out of your pages if that’s what you put into them! But you can’t fake that. It’s gotta be honest!
Sekhmet: “Yes, honesty’s the answer! Now, please, grace the readers with some heartfelt parting words, so I can go back to do my business.” *gobbles down a shot of Gold Star Labris*
David: I THOUGHT I JUST DID! Wait, where are you going? Is the interview over? Wanna buy a plushie!?