Comic Creator Interview with Eric Shonborn
City: Dayton, OH
Comics: Cops ‘n’ Crooks, Monthly, Razorbaby, Timeliners, Sebastian Dade, The Red Fox of Kinderhook, Justice Nevada
Websites: shonborn.net, guttertrash.net
QRD – How old were you when you first got into comics & did you always stick with them or did you come back to them?
Eric – As young as I can remember, but really got into them hardcore around age 9.
QRD – What was the first comic book you ever bought?
Eric – Justice League # 3
QRD – How old were you when you put out your first comic?
Eric – 21-22.
QRD – What decade do you think produced the best comics?
Eric – N/A.
QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?
Eric – I don’t like to do any of them.
QRD – Do you see mini-comics & indie comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media?
Eric – They are their own thing & I find when other creators blatantly attempt to make a “mainstream” comic as a mini, it’s clearly a “look at me, look at me” situation, usually a book that was shopped around to publishers & rejected by every single one of them.
QRD – How many copies of your comic do you print in your first run?
Eric – I don’t know, 50 probably.
QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?
Eric – $2.50 or less for “floppies”, 20 bucks or less for trade paperbacks, $15 for original graphic novels.
QRD – How many books do you produce a year & how many would you like to?
Eric – 0.
QRD – Do you think stories should be serialized or delivered as complete works?
Eric – Complete.
QRD – How are comic strips different than comic books & which medium do you prefer?
Eric – The answer is obvious & I don’t really care for either.
QRD – How long is it from when you start a comic until it’s printed?
Eric – I don’t know.
QRD – What do you better with your comics now than when you first started?
Eric – I don’t do them.
QRD – At what point in the artistic process do you work digitally?
Eric – Mostly when it’s fully drawn, sometimes I do digital layouts before starting.
QRD – What do you think of digital comics & webcomics?
Eric – Not a fan of digital comics, webcomics are about the same as mini comics - most of them are awful & need to be really special to stand out.
QRD – Do you prefer working in color or black & white?
Eric – B&W, because I’m lazy.
QRD – How many different people should work on a comic & what should their jobs be?
Eric – As few as possible & depends on where their talents lie.
QRD – How do you find collaborators?
Eric – I prefer not to at all; but usually friends or someone guilts me into doing something I have zero interest in, but I do it anyway.
QRD – How tight do you think a script should be as far as telling the artist what to draw?
Eric – Depends on the writer.
QRD – What comic book person would you be most flattered to be compared to?
Eric – No one.
QRD – What do your friends & family think of your comics?
Eric – My family ignores me & I don’t care about what my friends think. Luckily there are no comics for them to have opinions about.
QRD – What do you think of superheroes?
Eric – I don’t care.
QRD – Marvel or DC?
Eric – I don’t care.
QRD – What comic characters other than your own would you like to work with?
Eric – I don’t even want to do my own characters.
QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?
Eric – Not really. If I could con someone into taking all the costs, I’ll jump on it.
QRD – What conventions do you try to attend & why?
Eric – SPACE & Windy City Comic Con, because @ SPACE my friends are there & it’s fun to hang out & get drunk & be dorks; Windy City because it’s small, it’s entirely comic-centric, with a ton of awesome artists & it gives me an excuse to visit Chicago.
QRD – What do you do to promote your books?
Eric – Nothing.
QRD – Do you think your comics are well suited to comic shops or would sell better elsewhere?
Eric – No.
QRD – What other medium would you like to see some of your comics made into (television, film, games, action figures, etc.)?
Eric – Nothing.
QRD – Do you consider yourself a comic collector or a comic reader or both?
Eric – Reader, but dwindling to nothing at all.
QRD – What do you see as the most viable mediums for comics distribution 10 years from now?
Eric – Digital will be a thing, but I think mainstream comics will sort of flounder & underground comics will continue to be ignored as a whole. There’s just far too much crap out there & it’s just going to be easier to ignore the quality works as well. It’s a dying form. People will always make comics, but nobody will care; because there are far too many talentless retards pushing out their unoriginal & awful books.
QRD – What would you like to see more people doing with comics?
Eric – Stop making them.
QRD – Anything else?
Eric – Nope.