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QRD #48 - Indie/Mini Comic Creator Interview Series
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PB Kain - Mumblypeg
Joe Badon - Behind Yesterday
Andrew White - Sexbuzz
R. J. Paré - Buddha Monkey
Shawn Harbin - The Dungeon
Colin Upton - Big Thing
Kevin LaPorte - Clown Town
Sara Lindo - Carl Finds Love
Joseph Morris - TORC Press
Stephen Hines - Crackerstacker
Steve Seck - Life is Good
Derek R Croston - Method Comix
M. L. Walker - Hero Corp.
Daniel Gracey - G2 Comics
Matthew D. Smith - Liberty City
Brian John Mitchell - Just A Man
Brandon Graham - King City
Gordon McAlpin - Multiplex
Ross Campbell - Hack/Slash
Alex Robinson - BoxOfficePoison
Nik Havert - Pickle Press
Kurt Dinse - One Year in Indiana
Nick Marino - Super Haters
Bob Corby - Oh, Comics! & Vugz
Eric Shonborne - Razorbaby
Melissa Spence Gardner - XO
Dave Sim - Cerebus
Mason Johnson - Zoir
Jason Young - VeggieDog Saturn
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Indie/Mini Comic Creator Interview with Bob Corby
February 2011
Name: Bob Corby
City: Columbus, Ohio
Comics: Oh, Comics!, Bunny Blues, Vugz
Websites: www.backporchcomics.com

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 wasn’t 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 don’t understand the question.

QRD – Do you see mini-comics & indie comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media? 

Bob – Both.

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 it’s printed? 

Bob – Probably about 4 months for about a twenty pager although it’s taken me longer & I’ve 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? 

Bob – Both.

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 I’ve 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 don’t 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 haven’t 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 wouldn’t 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 don’t have time to do the books.

QRD – Do you think your comics are well suited to comic shops or would sell better elsewhere? 

Bob – 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 I’m 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.