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QRD #48 - Indie/Mini Comic Creator Interview Series
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Matthew D. Smith - Liberty City
Brian John Mitchell - Just A Man
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Gordon McAlpin - Multiplex
Ross Campbell - Hack/Slash
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Nik Havert - Pickle Press
Kurt Dinse - One Year in Indiana
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Indie/Mini Comic Creator Interview with Kurt Dinse
February 2011
Name: Kurt Dinse
City: Des Plaines, IL
Comics: One Year in Indiana, HURR
Websites: www.pungentbasementart.com, www.ok-panic.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?

Kurt – I started in the 6th grade & I never totally left the church of the graphic novel.

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

Kurt – X-men #164 with Ms. Marvel turning into “Binary” during the Brood series.

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

Kurt – 35.

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

Kurt – 70s.

QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing? 

Kurt – Comics/cartoons/Sunday funnies have been a staple in my life forever, so it’s in my blood.

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

Kurt – First it was a path into mainstream, but after a little while & seeing how many great things were going on in it I just wanted to be a part of that.

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

Kurt – Twenty-five.

QRD – How much do you think comics should cost? 

Kurt – $1.00-$3.00.

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

Kurt – 100-200 a year. I’d like to produce as many as people buy exactly.

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

Kurt – I like both.

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

Kurt – I prefer book stories. But there is an art to doing strips & being able to get a point or joke out in three-four panels.

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

Kurt – It seems like forever. A little less than a year.

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

Kurt – I am faster than I use to be.

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

Kurt – All my lettering & I have messed around with coloring.

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

Kurt – I think that they are great. If I could figure out how to do that stuff that’s where I’d be.

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

Kurt – Black & white.

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

Kurt – As many as necessary to do the job. I’m kind of a control freak when it comes to my own ideas, so I like working alone most of the time.

QRD – How do you find collaborators? 

Kurt – Mostly conventions.

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

Kurt – Too tight of a script gives me anxiety attacks, but too loose makes me panic ‘cause I am not sure if I’m getting the right idea.

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

Kurt – Any of them.

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

Kurt – I surround myself with people that are immersed in the geek lifestyle so everybody is great. I have a super awesome supportive wife who has put up with a lot of stuff over the years.

QRD – What do you think of superheroes? 

Kurt – Largely they have been done to death (some a couple of times), but I have seen some pretty good stuff done with the “big heroes” the past couple of years.

QRD – Marvel or DC? 

Kurt – Marvel.

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

Kurt – You name it. I’m open to it all.

QRD – Ideally would you self-publish? 

Kurt – It seems to work out pretty well so far, but getting my book out to far away lands might be nice. I think I need someone to help with that.

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

Kurt – At this point it’s all about if I can travel easily to them.

QRD – What do you do to promote your books? 

Kurt – Facebook, webpage, & conventions.

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

Kurt – I hope comic shops.

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

Kurt – One tiny step at a time please.

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

Kurt – I’m a Reader, but I am having trouble finding room for the stuff I read.

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

Kurt – It all seems to be going online right?

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

Kurt – Using the medium to it’s fullest potential. Take time to make good stories & creative art. Make your book look different.

QRD – Anything else? 

Kurt – Comics are fun.