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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
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Indie/Mini Comic Creator Interview with Daniel Gracey
February 2011
Name: Daniel Gracey (President/Artist) / Eric Glastetter (Writer/Editor) (G2 Comics)
City: O’fallon, MO
Comics: The Triad, Antic: The Chapters of Levith, Raptor Sniper 
Websites: www.g2comics.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?

Daniel – I was about 14 years old when I got into comics. I followed Spawn & Ascension for a while, I was attracted to the endless possibilities that you have in comics.

QRD – What was the first comic book you ever bought?

Daniel – Archie & Jughead… can’t remember what issue.

QRD – How old were you when you put out your first comic?

Daniel – 19yrs. old - The Adventures of Jenkins (DC Conspiracy).

QRD – What decade do you think produced the best comics?

Daniel – 2000. I’m all about the advancement of the artwork.

QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?

Daniel – Comics give you the opportunity to tell a story & the comic genre has a lot more ways to reach an audience than writing & fine-art.

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

Daniel – They are their own unique media. The creators of these books are very passionate about their work & it shows through their art & writing. Indie producers are more accessible & willing to talk to their fans about their work.

QRD – How many copies of your comic do you print in your first run?

Daniel – 50.

QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?

Daniel – To print: $1.00 Sell: $2.00 (24 page color)

QRD – How many books do you produce a year & how many would you like to?

Daniel – 6-8. We would like to produce two per month.

QRD – Do you think stories should be serialized or delivered as complete works?

Daniel – Serialized. We have to make money somehow. Independent companies (especially those that are just getting started) do not have the manpower to produce 12 books per year. When starting out, the money needs to be made off each issue so the next can be funded.

QRD – How are comic strips different than comic books & which medium do you prefer?

Daniel – Comic Strips are for stories that can be told quickly & are usually on a more immature level. Comics are for elaborate stories & artwork that require a full 24 (or more) page book to accurately convey the action & emotion that goes into telling the tale.

QRD – How long is it from when you start a comic until it’s printed?

Daniel – About 2 months.

QRD – What do you better with your comics now than when you first started?

Daniel – In every book that we do, the art progresses to another level. The experience in the field helps one’s talent grow by a combination of learning new techniques from others & seeing what works & what doesn’t in the retail world.

QRD – At what point in the artistic process do you work digitally?

Daniel – Different books call for different procedures. In the Triad, I start to color digitally only after the pencils & inks are laid out by hand. With our Antic book, the process is almost all digital. I like to use a combination of photography, digital painting, & line drawing with the WACOM tablet.

QRD – What do you think of digital comics & webcomics?

Daniel – They are great, as long as money can be made from them. Comics are our passion, but we still need something to compensate us for our time that we invest for each issue. Money needs to come in, or production will inevitably cease at some point.

QRD – Do you prefer working in color or black & white?

Daniel – Depends on the book. I like color for our fantasy books, but sometimes a book will call for a dark “Sin City” look, in which we will use heavy inks to create mystery & suspense.

QRD – How many different people should work on a comic & what should their jobs be?

Daniel – If you have the means, you should have one man for each job: Penciler, Inker, Colorist, Designer, Editor. It makes life so much easier!

QRD – How do you find collaborators?

Daniel – We normally find them at comic cons, we look for someone who wants to work with a company that has the freedom to “do their own thing.”

QRD – How tight do you think a script should be as far as telling the artist what to draw?

Daniel – Eric (writer) & I always say that there needs to be a perfect balance between description & artist freedom. You do not want to be too specific in your writing to where the artist cannot make changes that need to be made due to spatial issues, etc. On the other hand, the writer needs to be descriptive about major things, like costume design, environment, & layout in order to give the artist something to visualize.

QRD – What comic book person would you be most flattered to be compared to?

Daniel – Michael Turner. No doubt.

QRD – What do your friends & family think of your comics?

Daniel – They are very encouraging & actually like the stuff we put out. Our friends are always inquiring about the next issues & new artwork. It’s very inspiring.

QRD – Marvel or DC?

Daniel – No comment.

QRD – What comic characters other than your own would you like to work with?

Daniel – I really want to do a one shot with The Goon & Grendel.

QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?

Daniel – We already do! If we could build a big enough fan base to do this full-time, we would stay indie!

QRD – What conventions do you try to attend & why?

Daniel – We are doing a US circuit this year, Wizard World & large Indie cons are a must!

QRD – What do you do to promote your books?

Daniel – We go to as many conventions & get into as many stores as we can. We also put up signs & put postcards in pop-culture stores. A good looking website is a MUST!

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

Daniel – In St. Louis, the indie scene is all but dead. Our books do not do that well in stores around here. But Wizard World Chicago fans really took us in & we believe that our books would do just fine in “indie-rich” communities.

QRD – What other medium would you like to see some of your comics made into (television, film, games, action figures, etc.)?

Daniel – Movies & Card Games. (We are actually kicking around the idea of doing both independently!)

QRD – Do you consider yourself a comic collector or a comic reader or both?

Daniel – Both.

QRD – What do you see as the most viable mediums for comics distribution 10 years from now?

Daniel – Internet… no doubt & I’m excited. We are on Drive-Thru Comics right now & the exposure is awesome!

QRD – What would you like to see more people doing with comics?

Daniel – Creating more dramatic stories. The goal for our company is to attract the novel reader & fine-art enthusiast to the world of comics & I would like to see more people trying to do so as well.