Comic Creator Interview with PB Kain
City: Columbus, OH
Comics: 2006 Your Free Shit (Self-Published), 2007 Your Turkish Guidebook (Self-Published), Buyer Beware Anthology #2 (Buyer Beware), 2008 Mumblypeg (Self-Published), 2009 Dayton City Paper, June. 2010 Peeling Glass (Self-Published), Taffy Hips Comics Magazine, Issues #5, 6, 7, 8, Andromeda Issue #2, Hahacelver.com, Blood Bank, January, Arthur Magazine.com, Pussy Jackson & The Lightning Queef, Nov., Vigilant #1 (Silber Media)
QRD – How old were you when you first got into comics & did you always stick with them or did you come back to them?
PB – I read comics when I was a little kid; don’t really remember which was my first. I left comics when I wanted to play sports & didn’t really get back into them until the end of high school.
QRD – What was the first comic book you ever bought?
PB – Mmm. Not sure. I think it was “Robin” I couldn’t afford the ones with Batman. My parents never gave me money for them.
QRD – How old were you when you put out your first comic?
PB – 10 or 11. Really fun. I remember I stayed up all-night & made 7 of them. So I guess that would make it my first Graphic Novel. They all had them same plot line. A villain would attack the town & then slug boy (the hero) would beat their ass. The purest fun I’ve ever had. All the time listening to Smash Mouth cassette on repeat.
QRD – What decade do you think produced the best comics?
PB – The double 00s only because the drawings got better. But my writing was better when I was a little kid.
QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?
PB – I hate writing stuff. It’s just an excuse to draw & make books out of it. If I could get away with doing that I would. I’m already barley writing my stuff anyway.
QRD – Do you see mini-comics & indie comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media?
PB – I have no desire to hear what Mike Richardson or Joe Quesada has to say about my work. I create for myself & thankfully there are people who dig it.
QRD – How many copies of your comic do you print in your first run?
PB – Your Turkish Guidebook (06), my first mini-comic, was 30 copies I think; I still have 1 left for sale.
QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?
PB – 15-25% above cost.
QRD – How many books do you produce a year & how many would you like to?
PB – Not counting a page here or there in an anthology, as long as I’m producing one thing a year I’m happy.
QRD – Do you think stories should be serialized or delivered as complete works?
PB – Serialized. As comics. Case in point - Charles Burns “X-ed out” good art. Lame story. Not worth the $20 bucks I shelled out. Just because you have a publisher doesn’t mean you should publish it. I think it’s important for people to see the importance of the “pamphlet” form.
QRD – How are comic strips different than comic books & which medium do you prefer?
PB – Comic books. Strips are flat. I like the idea of holding something.
QRD – How long is it from when you start a comic until it’s printed?
PB – I don’t know. Things I make just sort of accumulate. The next book “Stinky Kitchen” is going to have stuff from August & some I’m still making.
QRD – What do you better with your comics now than when you first started?
PB – Knowing what to draw. There aren’t really times where I have nothing to draw. I’m full of shitty ideas.
QRD – At what point in the artistic process do you work digitally?
PB – Coloring. Comics are the only thing I feel strongly that certain things just look better if done by the human hand.
QRD – What do you think of digital comics & web comics?
PB – Some are good, some not so much. But I do ‘em… they’re good in my book.
QRD – Do you prefer working in color or black & white?
PB – Black & White.
QRD – How many different people should work on a comic & what should their jobs be?
PB – It all depends. Some people just fit better if they are on a team. With comics, I like working alone. It’s probably because I’m a megalomaniac.
QRD – How do you find collaborators?
PB – I don’t really know. The Internet?
QRD – How tight do you think a script should be as far as telling the artist what to draw?
PB – I think it should be pretty open as far as descriptions go. I’m an artist’s advocate.
QRD – What comic book person would you is most flattered to be compared to?
PB – R. Crumb. Which has happened & I have no idea why, but it really made me warm inside.
QRD – What do your friends & family think of your comics?
PB – They don’t get it, but that’s okay. I feel like I came here from another planet & my parents are the Kents; really supportive of my abilities, but they don’t really get how I do it.
QRD – What do you think of superheroes?
PB – Gay male power fantasies…. That’s why I like ‘em anyway.
QRD – Marvel or DC?
PB – Nigga, Please.
QRD – What comic characters other than your own would you like to work with?
PB – Jason. From Veggie Dog Saturn.
QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?
PB – Yep. If someone would give me the money that’s the way I’d love to do things.
QRD – What conventions do you try to attend & why?
PB – SPACE & SPX. I’ve been interested the Brooklyn Graphic Arts Festival & MoCCA, but I haven’t been to those two yet. Mostly because I know I would have an audience there & I like to buy the kind of books there.
QRD – What do you do to promote your books?
PB – Really just the website www.pbkain.com. My work is promoted all over the Internet.
QRD – Do you think your comics are well suited to comic shops or would sell better elsewhere?
PB – Absolutely.
QRD – What other medium would you like to see some of your comics made into (television, film, games, action figures, etc.)?
PB – I’m studying animation right now. So, I’ll probably drop the whole comics thing eventually & just start doing cartoons. I really enjoy that process.
QRD – Do you consider yourself a comic collector or a comic reader or both?
PB – Comics reader. I’ve never been down with bagging & boarding.
QRD – What do you see as the most viable mediums for comics distribution 10 years from now?
PB – I don’t really understand the question.
QRD – What would you like to see more people doing with comics?
PB – Just making more. I’d love to see my favorite cartoonists post on there blogs every day.
QRD – Anything else?
PB – Write me!