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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 Eric Shonborn
February 2011
Name: 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.