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QRD #33 - the Father's Day issue - June 2007
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Martin Bowes of Attrition
Benjy Johnson of Benjomatic
Sam Rosenthal of BTFABG
William Amundson
Josh Howard author of Dead@17
Peter Ulrich of Dead Can Dance
Aaron Molina of If Thousands
D.A. Sebasstian of KSK
Alan Sparhawk of Low
Shane Sauers
Rune Flaten of Origami Arktika
Tore Boe of Origami Republika
Chris Olley of Six by Seven
Timothy Renner of Stone Breath
Patrick Ogl of Thanatos
Mats Gustafsson of Broken Face
Jason Wallach of Unquiet Void
Chris Wade of The Wades
Nevada Hill of The Zanzibar Snails
Wayne Barnes
Dan Sostrom of Tonevendor
Colin Newman of Wire
Joe Kendrick of WNCW
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Interview with Josh Howard author of Dead @ 17
May 23, 2007

Josh Howard is a comic book writer & author, so his story is slightly different than some of our musical dads….

Name: Josh Howard
Comic: Dead @ 17
Website: http://joshhoward.typepad.com

QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be a professional comic artist?

Josh – Even though I had been making my own comics since I was 5 or 6, it wasn’t until I was 12 & saw Batman that I knew this is what I wanted to do for a living.

QRD – What are a few highlights of your career?

Josh – The success of Dead @ 17, from the critical recognition to the loyal fan base, has definitely been the biggest highlight so far.

QRD – At what age did you decide you wanted to become a father?

Josh – I didn’t.  It just sort of happened.

QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your family has had on your career?

Josh – It just makes it harder to manage my work time, since I do work at home.  But they’re all very supportive.

QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your career has had on your family?

Josh – They don’t get as much quality time with me as they’d like, but I am able to set my own hours & make myself available as much as possible.

QRD – Have your children effected the comics you make &/or read?

Josh – Not really, not at this point anyway.  I just do what I normally do.

QRD – Have you had problems with the lack of steady money from an artistic career providing the financial security you feel necessary in your household?

Josh – It’s different than a normal 9 to 5 job, but both have their advantages & disadvantages. Everyone has different challenges in providing & making ends meet, no matter their station in life. So yeah, sometimes it’s hard, but sometimes it’s really good.

QRD – Do you think being a father or an artist has a greater impact on your community?

Josh – Being a father, for sure. What I do as an artist will probably be ultimately meaningless in the grand scheme of things. It’s my kids & what I (hopefully) have instilled in them that will live on.

QRD – Would you rather see your children eventually become an artist or parent?

Josh – I want them to pursue their passions, but I would hate to see them miss out on the joys of being a parent. It enriches life in so many ways.

QRD – Both family & art seem like things that will take up as much of your time as you’re willing to put in.  How do you end up dividing your time?

Josh – It’s a daily struggle & probably the biggest one. If there is a magic solution, I haven't discovered it yet.

QRD – Do you have a split/secret life between being a parent & being an artist?

Josh – Somewhat. It’s definitely “that thing that dad does.” Of the three kids, there’s only one that really expresses an interest in what I do.

QRD – What do your children think of your work?

Josh – One doesn’t care. One wants to follow in my footsteps. & the other is probably too young to know the difference.

QRD – Do you think you could ever do a comic collaboration with your children?

Josh – I’ve said no before, but I don’t think my daughter is going to give me a choice.

QRD – Any words of advice to young people?

Josh – There is no one path to success, even in a relatively small industry like comics. Everyone has a different story & not everyone is cut out for it. But the one common denominator, if there is one, is hard work & perseverance.

Another QRD interview with Josh:
Josh Howard (Dead@17) interview (May 2006)