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QRD #60 - Indie Comic Creators Part V
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Indie Comic Creator Interview with Don W. Seven
April 2013
Don W. Seven
Name: Don W. Seven
City: Chattanooga, TN
Comics: babysue, Jesus, autobiographical stories, & various others
Websites: babysue.com, LMNOP.com, dONW7.com

QRD – How old were you when you first got into comics & did you always stick with them or did you come back to them?

Don – Started reading comics in grammar school, probably at age 6 or 7... really liked things like Sugar & Spike & Peanuts... began drawing about the same time, trying to recreate the characters I liked.  It wasn’t until many years later (early twenties) that I started creating my own characters & cartoons.

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

Don – Not sure about this...it could have been an Archie comic book...

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

Don – Probably 21 or 22 (?).

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

Don – Wow, that’s a hard one...I like stuff from the 1920s & 1930s...but it’s hard to say whether those are the best decades or not...?

QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?

Don – Because it seemed like the most direct way of getting ideas across.

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

Don – Either way or both...it depends on what the artist wants to do with their work.

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

Don – They’re all online now.

QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?

Don – Ideally everything in the world would be free.  I don’t buy comics now unless I find them at yard sales really cheap.  & even then I have to admit that I’m not a big reader in general.

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

Don – Again, everything is online at present. Each month new cartoons are uploaded to the website(s) along with stuff like recipes, poems, music reviews, & other miscellaneous stuff.

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

Don – Either way, both are valid.

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

Don – Comic strips are quick & immediate...whereas books require more time & attention to absorb.  Don’t prefer one over the other.

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

Don – Comics are published/uploaded within 3 to 4 weeks of their creation.

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

Don – Probably not a lot...mainly interested in messing around with words & ideas rather than being a great visual artist.

QRD – Do you do thumbnails?

Don – Not sure what these are?

QRD – At what size do you draw?

Don – Probably about 9” wide on the monitor.

QRD – What kind of pens do you use?

Don – It’s all electronic now...so an electronic graphic pen.  I used to use all kinds of ink pens when I was drawing on paper...basically anything I could find cheap at yard sales.

QRD – What does your workstation look like?

Don – It looks very much like a computer with a graphic pen tablet beside it.

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

Don – The entire time.

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

Don – They’re just as valid as the old fashioned kind.

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

Don – Enjoy working with color & black & white.

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

Don – One person, five people, ten, or one hundred...doesn’t matter.  Everyone’s jobs should be whatever they enjoy doing.

QRD – How do you find collaborators?

Don – Don’t collaborate at present, although a close associate gives some great ideas & inspiration.

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

Don – Super tight...or totally loose...depends on what the situation requires.

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

Don – Roz Chast, she’s a top favorite.

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

Don – Most aren’t aware that I do any of this kinda stuff.

QRD – What do you think of superheroes?

Don – Not into them in general; but, as with everything, it all depends on the specific situation.  Just watched a Sky Captain film & was surprised at how entertaining it was.

QRD – Marvel or DC?

Don – Don’t prefer one over the other.

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

Don – Never even thought about this...?

QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?

Don – Have always self-published, even from the beginning.

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

Don – Don’t attend conventions, but not opposed to them.

QRD – What do you do to promote your books?

Don – Promote the web sites through word-of-mouth, links on the internet, social media (Twitter, Tumblr, Linked In, Pinterest), cross pollination, giving stuff away, & trading stuff with other folks.

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

Don – No idea on this (?).

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

Don – Never really thought about that one (?).  Not into money & fame, so neither are motivators.

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

Don – A little of both, but mainly a creator.

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

Don – Don’t have enough knowledge to answer this one (?).

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

Don – Whatever they want to do with them.

QRD – Anything else?

Don – My main goal is to enjoy whatever it is I’m doing with the freedom to create without restrictions or censorship.  The reward is when anyone laughs, thinks, re-evaluates their own thoughts & viewpoints, or looks at their life or the world differently.