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QRD #62 - Indie Comic Creators Part VI
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Indie Comic Creator Interviews:
Jay Payne
Steven Myers
William Dean Blankenship, Jr
Ted Intorcio
Lucas Herr
Troy-Jeffrey Allen
Jeff Gibbons
Brian Hagen
Nils Balls
Eric Grissom
Eric Ratcliffe
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Indie Comic Creator Interview with Nils Balls
May 2013
Nils Balls
Name: Nils Balls
City: Pittsburgh
Comics: Skeleton Balls Comics
Websites: www.skeletonballs.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?

Nils – I have been drawing as long as I can remember. I’ve always stuck with it to some degree.

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

Nils – Probably Jim Lee era X-Men.

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

Nils – I started an underground school newspaper in 8th grade. People thought it was funny. That’s probably where it started for me.

QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?

Nils – I wanted to be a filmmaker. For me, comics are a controlled version of telling a story through visual images.

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

Nils – It’s all the same to me.

QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?

Nils – Somewhere between free & $100.

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

Nils – It all depends on the story. My current project will be about 150 pages & I want it to be a solid package, but I’m scripting my next story as a serial.

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

Nils – Books have the liberty of telling a story at their own pace, where a strip is controlled by the space. I like them both.

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

Nils – Between 20 minutes & 5 years.

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

Nils – I think I’m better at showing more than explaining.

QRD – Do you do thumbnails?

Nils – Yes, all the time, on scraps of paper, receipts...

QRD – What kind of pens do you use?

Nils – Micromatic pens & Dixon Ticonderoga #2s.

QRD – What does your workstation look like?

Nils – It’s a flat high desk surrounded by piles of paper & files with a light box & stereo nearby. The wall behind it is dense with notes, postcards, & pictures.

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

Nils – I don’t work digitally, but my comics are all on the web – it’s a great way to reach a bigger audience. It is here to stay.

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

Nils – They generally like them. People like a lot when they identify themselves in some way, regardless of the context.

QRD – What do you think of superheroes?

Nils – They are awesome.

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

Nils – I’d like to see more people using the classic strip model, making better “newspaper comics”.