Comic Creator Interview with Bob Corby
City: Columbus, Ohio
Comics: Oh, Comics!, Bunny Blues, Vugz
QRD How old were you when you first got into comics & did you always stick with them or did you come back to them?
Bob I really stared reading comics when I was about 10. I quit to chase girls in high school & got back to them after I got married in my freshman year at college.
QRD What was the first comic book you ever bought?
Bob Tales of Suspense.
QRD How old were you when you put out your first comic?
Bob About 11. It wasnt printed just passed around to friends. The first printed comic was when I was 31.
QRD What decade do you think produced the best comics?
Bob The next.
QRD Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?
Bob I dont understand the question.
QRD Do you see mini-comics & indie comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media?
QRD How many copies of your comic do you print in your first run?
Bob Usually about 100.
QRD How much do you think comics should cost?
Bob A buck.
QRD How many books do you produce a year & how many would you like to?
Bob I usually get one Oh, Comics! done & two books with the Art Explorer Post & then something else of just my work.
QRD Do you think stories should be serialized or delivered as complete works?
Bob I prefer one large lump of story. Usually what happens with serials is that they pile up on my nightstand & I read them a pile at a time.
QRD How are comic strips different than comic books & which medium do you prefer?
Bob I admire people who can pull off the effort it takes to make a strip interesting, but I do prefer larger doses of comics.
QRD How long is it from when you start a comic until its printed?
Bob Probably about 4 months for about a twenty pager although its taken me longer & Ive also done it faster. The trick is sitting down to do it.
QRD What do you better with your comics now than when you first started?
Bob No. I was much better in my 20s.
QRD At what point in the artistic process do you work digitally?
Bob I letter with A Machine. (Old Joke).
QRD What do you think of digital comics & webcomics?
Bob I think they are the future although I still like paper.
QRD Do you prefer working in color or black & white?
QRD How many different people should work on a comic & what should their jobs be?
Bob One. Creator.
QRD How do you find collaborators?
Bob You send out coded messages. Actually Ive only collaborated about 3 times. Once with somebody I knew & twice I was set up through a publisher & one of those I wound up working with somebody I already knew. Once I did the art & twice I wrote.
QRD How tight do you think a script should be as far as telling the artist what to draw?
Bob Not at all. The two scripts I wrote that other drew turned out much better than I could have done it myself.
QRD What comic book person would you be most flattered to be compared to?
Bob Dave Sim.
QRD What do your friends & family think of your comics?
Bob My mom likes them.
QRD What do you think of superheroes?
Bob Not much. Time to think of something else.
QRD Marvel or DC?
Bob Right now I dont buy either. When I was a kid I was a Jack Kirby Marvel nut. As an adult I read a lot of DC Vertigo stuff.
QRD What comic characters other than your own would you like to work with?
Bob I havent thought about that for a while. I did write an E-man script once.
QRD Ideally would you self-publish?
Bob Yes, although if somebody would just offer to publish my stuff so I wouldnt need to do all the work that would be good.
QRD What conventions do you try to attend & why?
Bob I would love to do SPX, MOCCA, & Staple but they are all getting too expensive. Pix & Genghis Con are great shows & reasonably priced so I will try to get back to them.
QRD What do you do to promote your books?
Bob I started a comics convention & now I dont have time to do the books.
QRD Do you think your comics are well suited to comic shops or would sell better elsewhere?
QRD What other medium would you like to see some of your comics made into (television, film, games, action figures, etc.)?
Bob Hand drawn animation.
QRD Do you consider yourself a comic collector or a comic reader or both?
Bob Both although Im more of a reader now.
QRD What do you see as the most viable mediums for comics distribution 10 years from now?
Bob Alpha waves.
QRD What would you like to see more people doing with comics?
Bob Reading them & doing work that is not associated with comics by the general public.
QRD Anything else?
Bob Less zombie comics, please.