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QRD #62 - Indie Comic Creators Part VI
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Indie Comic Creator Interviews:
Jay Payne
Steven Myers
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Lucas Herr
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Indie Comic Creator Interview with Steven Myers
May 2013
Steven Myers
Name: Steven Myers
City: Sandusky, Ohio
Comics: F.E.D.s, Mutant Elf
Websites: fedscomic.blogspot.comwww.webcomicsnation.com/fedscomic/melf/series.php

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

Steven – I always remember reading comics. I seriously started buying them monthly when Marvel released their Star Wars series & I’ve never looked back.

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

Steven – A pack of three including Fantastic Four, Avengers, & Marvel Team-Up.

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

Steven – I started writing & drawing comics in 4th grade I believe.  I was first published in OH, Comics #10. I finally decided to make some small-press style comics when I was in grad school after buying many at conventions such as Mid-Ohio Con.

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

Steven – The 1960s totally changed what comics were & we are still reaping the benefits of the Marvel Revolution!

QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?

Steven – I love art & reading!  Comics are the perfect synthesis of the two!

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

Steven – Both.

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

Steven – 10.

QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?

Steven – I don’t have a perfect amount, but I do think they should be affordable for kids!

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

Steven – I used to do 3 issues a year of the F.E.D.s, but I’ve only done one this last year in addition to releasing a new page of Mutant Elf every week.

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

Steven – Either.

QRD – How are comic strips different than comic books & which medium do you prefer?
I prefer comic books because of the longer stories.  But there are about a half dozen comic strips I read daily.

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

Steven – It just depends on how much time I get to draw.

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

Steven – Just about everything!

QRD – Do you do thumbnails?

Steven – Not anymore.  Takes too much time.

QRD – At what size do you draw?

Steven – I draw on 9x12 Bristol paper.  I switched to this size many years ago because it easily fits my scanner.

QRD – What kind of pens do you use?

Steven – PITT markers, Pigma #1 mostly for lettering, & lots of Sharpies for color work!

QRD – What does your workstation look like?

Steven – A drawing table covered with stuff.

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

Steven – I do everything by hand still & scan the completed pages.

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

Steven – I think it’s a great way to get stuff out to readers.

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

Steven – I used to like black & white better, but I’ve gotten into color recently & love it!

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

Steven – Whatever works best.

QRD – How do you find collaborators?

Steven – I’ve collaborated with people I’ve met in person or via the internet.  You just need to show interest & ask!  I’ve also collaborated with my brother.  I didn’t have to find him.

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

Steven – It can work well for it to be very tight, but I think artists should have a lot of freedom.  They know how the visual process works better than writers.

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

Steven – Lee & Kirby.  I’d be flattered to be called a tenth as good as they were!

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

Steven – They think I’m a bit crazy.  But I think they like that I’m doing something I really love.

QRD – What do you think of superheroes?

Steven – When I decided to do a mini-comic, I tried to think of a good story idea.  I kept thinking about doing the superhero story I always had in the back of my mind.  I decided that there is still a lot to do with the genre, despite how it has been overdone & practically destroyed by the “big two” over the years.  That’s why I ended up doing the F.E.D.s.  It’s my idea of what super-heroes used to be like & should be like again.

QRD – Marvel or DC?

Steven – Marvel defines what comics are today.  They would all be much different without the Lee/Kirby influence!

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

Steven – Any.

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

Steven – SPACE in Columbus, Motor City Con & Detroit Fanfare in Michigan.  They are fun & close to home. Maybe I’ll add more later.

QRD – What do you do to promote your books?

Steven – My website & personal appearances.

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

Steven – Both.  The availability at the drug store or whatever gets people interested.  The comic shops allow the reader to take the next step & the enthusiast to go crazy!

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

Steven – Hmmm.  Mutant Elf: The Movie sounds cool!

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

Steven – Reader.  I collect mostly so I can read them all again sometime!

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

Steven – Perhaps having the images directly projected into your brain!

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

Steven – I think people should just do whatever they want!  Go wild with your ideas!

QRD – Anything else?

Steven – Thanks for all these questions!