Comic Creator Interview with Brandon Graham
Name: Brandon Graham
City: van-cougar BC (raar!)
Comics: King City, Multiple Warheads
QRD – How old were you when you first got
into comics & did you always stick with them or did you come back to
Brandon – My parents both read comics so
they were always around. There was a lot of Tintin & Furry Freak
Brothers. I’ve always stuck with them.
QRD – What was the first comic book you
Brandon – I remember buying the TMNT Raphael
special real early on. With “one in a one issue micro series” on
the 2 color cover.
QRD – How old were you when you put out
your first comic?
Brandon – I remember a thing I did based
off of seeing The Last Unicorn cartoon when I was 7. My first whole
comic of my own was this thing called October Yen that came out when I
QRD – What decade do you think produced
the best comics?
Brandon – I’m fond of a lot of the 80s
books but also that’s just when I was first getting most into it.
QRD – Why comics instead of just writing
Brandon – It complicates things in a nice
way. There’s just so much that can be done when you combine the 2.
QRD – Do you see mini-comics & indie
comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media?
Brandon – I like to say that getting into
mainstream comics is like trying to fuck an ugly girl that can’t remember
your name. “Just not worth the effort.”
QRD – How many copies of your comic do
you print in your first run?
Brandon – Couple thousand.
QRD – How much do you think comics should
Brandon – I think the cost is less important
than what you are asking for. I’m into density. Even if it’s part
of a continued story it should hold up as solid & entertaining.
Even if that’s the only issue the reader
QRD – How many books do you produce a year
& how many would you like to?
Brandon – I guess I do about 200 pages
QRD – Do you think stories should be serialized
or delivered as complete works?
Brandon – I like both. There’s something
I really enjoy about having a comic showing up in issues. When I
was a kid the stuff I enjoyed the most was the Adam Warren Dirty Pair &
Shirow’s Appleseed. They came out as books that were broken up into
4 or 5 monthly issues. & it avoided all the fill in artists &
whatnot you get with ongoing books.
QRD – How are comic strips different than
comic books & which medium do you prefer?
Brandon – Yeah, I think of them as a different
animal, but you can do strip style stuff in books. Books allow for
a lot more.
QRD – How long is it from when you start
a comic until it’s printed?
Brandon – I like to work far ahead of
print. I’m working on what’ll be out next year. It’s a nice time
capsule in that way.
QRD – What do you do better with your comics
now than when you first started?
Brandon – I’ve gotten more comfortable
in my comic book skin.
QRD – At what point in the artistic process
do you work digitally?
Brandon – Just at the end when I scan
pages to color or grey tone it & get it all pretty for print.
QRD – What do you think of digital comics
Brandon – They’re cool. Here’s a couple
online comics I really enjoy:
QRD – Do you prefer working in color or
black & white?
Brandon – I like them both. I spent most
of my life doing stuff in black & white so now I’m having a lot of
fun seeing what I can do in color.
QRD – How many different people should
work on a comic & what should their jobs be?
Brandon – I like to work alone & then
turn in finished lettered with a logo comics to the publisher. Different
strokes though - I like some comics made by teams too.
QRD – How do you find collaborators?
Brandon – If I did I’d want to look for
like-minded people - the same way you find friends.
QRD – How tight do you think a script should
be as far as telling the artist what to draw?
Brandon – I don’t play in that game. You
might as well ask me about how baseball should be coached. (BB coaches
should be tough but fair.)
QRD – What comic book person would you
be most flattered to be compared to?
Brandon – I like Moebius a lot. Just that
he’s managed to spend his whole life making new & exciting work is
something to aspire to.
QRD – What do your friends & family
think of your comics?
Brandon – My family is really cool with
it & my friends like to give me shit about it. All is well in the world.
QRD – What do you think of superheroes?
Brandon – I don’t know any personally,
but maybe they do some good.
QRD – Marvel or DC?
Brandon – I like artists & writers,
I care less about who they work for.
QRD – What comic characters other than
your own would you like to work with?
Brandon – I’d like to do something with
Sherlock Holmes. I have this idea for a one shot that would just
show a normal day of Holmes & Watson hanging out without any big mystery
& how they use their deductive powers to bond & interact with the
normal world. That’s always my favorite parts of the Conan Doyle stories.
& I’d like to do a Dirty Pair comic.
QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?
Brandon – I like working with the publishers
that I do, Image & Oni. It’s nice to be able to focus on the
work & have them deal with the phone calls & $$ end.
QRD – What conventions do you try to attend
Brandon – The Seattle Emerald city con
is fun. Stumptown in Portland too. This year I’m going to TCAF in
Toronto, I’ve never gone but I’m looking forward too it. Canada is
still new & alien to me. And I go to the local shows run by Leonard
Wong, I like that guy. It’s cool to meet up with like-minded people
& see far away friends.
QRD – What do you do to promote your books?
Brandon – I write about them on the internet
QRD – Do you think your comics are well
suited to comic shops or would sell better elsewhere?
Brandon – Ideally I’d like my stuff to
be bought in a good comic store with some quarter bins & cool people
behind the counter. But that’s just because I like to hang out in
QRD – What other medium would you like
to see some of your comics made into (television, film, games, action figures,
Brandon – I’m really a making comics for
comics’ sake dude.
QRD – Do you consider yourself a comic
collector or a comic reader or both?
Brandon – I’m really into reading the
QRD – What do you see as the most viable
mediums for comics distribution 10 years from now?
Brandon – Lazerpumas traveling by ghost
rail! I like to think that the art form will putter ever on &
people that are excited about it will find the work.
QRD – What would you like to see more people
doing with comics?
Brandon – I just want people to make the
kind of comics they want to read.