Comic Creator Interview with Dave Sim
Name: Dave Sim
QRD – How old were you when you first got into comics & did you always stick with them or did you come back to them?
Dave – I was probably three or four when I first got into comics. I left them around age ten for a year or so when I got into chemistry & came back around age 11 for good.
QRD – What was the first comic book you ever bought?
Dave – The first one I remember buying was Superman #165, November, 1963.
QRD – How old were you when you put out your first comic?
Dave – Self-publishing? 21.
QRD – What decade do you think produced the best comics?
Dave – Late 60s to mid 70s.
QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?
Dave – More challenging.
QRD – Do you see mini-comics & indie comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media?
Dave – Their own unique media.
QRD – How many copies of your comic do you print in your first run?
Dave – glamourpuss is at around 2,700 copies every other month.
QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?
Dave – 10¢ sounds about right to me, but I’d go up to 12¢ if it’s a really good one.
QRD – How many books do you produce a year & how many would you like to?
Dave – 6 issues of glamourpuss & 6 issues of Cerebus Archive.
QRD – Do you think stories should be serialized or delivered as complete works?
Dave – Depends on the story & the creator.
QRD – How are comic strips different than comic books & which medium do you prefer?
Dave – Comic strips are kind of simplified & redundant, but I think I would prefer them if they were still viable & if I could be autonomous doing them.
QRD – How long is it from when you start a comic until it’s printed?
Dave – With glamourpuss between five weeks & two months.
QRD – What do you better with your comics now than when you first started?
Dave – I ink better.
QRD – At what point in the artistic process do you work digitally?
Dave – I don’t. I get Sandeep to do my scanning & putting the lettering in.
QRD – What do you think of digital comics & webcomics?
Dave – I think they’re a good entry-level way of doing comics.
QRD – Do you prefer working in color or black & white?
Dave – Black & white.
QRD – How many different people should work on a comic & what should their jobs be?
Dave –Depends on the comic, depends on the people. I think it works best if each person is doing what he enjoys doing best.
QRD – How do you find collaborators?
Dave – I don’t; but in a general sense I would think online, at conventions, & by word of mouth.
QRD – How tight do you think a script should be as far as telling the artist what to draw?
Dave – Depends on the artist. If you work the way he wants, I think you’ll get better results most of the time.
QRD – What comic book person would you be most flattered to be compared to?
Dave – Al Williamson - either as an artist or a person.
QRD – What do your friends & family think of your comics?
Dave – No friends & no family to speak of. When I did have friends & family it was mostly as if I was building scale models of famous buildings out of earwax. “Isn’t that… interesting.”
QRD – What do you think of superheroes?
Dave – Good “Reader’s Digest” form of good & power wedded, ideal for adolescent boys to understand the concept.
QRD – Marvel or DC?
Dave – Haven’t looked at either in a long
while, so I couldn’t say.
Dave – Bacchus would be fun.
QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?
Dave – Evidently.
QRD – What conventions do you try to attend & why?
Dave – All done with conventions unless the field ends up deciding I’m not a misogynist & signs the online petition.
QRD – What do you do to promote your books?
Dave – Cerebus TV.
QRD – Do you think your comics are well suited to comic shops or would sell better elsewhere?
Dave – Comic shops. I think I think it’s the only place you can sell comics.
QRD – What other medium would you like to see some of your comics made into (television, film, games, action figures, etc.)?
Dave – I wouldn’t “like” them to be made into any other medium, but simple 2011 economics might make it necessary.
QRD – Do you consider yourself a comic collector or a comic reader or both?
Dave – Both, but primarily a reader.
QRD – What do you see as the most viable mediums for comics distribution 10 years from now?
Dave – Comic stores, hopefully, with some online elements.
QRD – What would you like to see more people doing with comics?
Dave – Subjects for which they have a unique perspective & in which their own interest is incandescent.
QRD – Anything else?
Dave – Gee, I sure hope so.