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QRD #62 - Indie Comic Creators Part VI
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Indie Comic Creator Interviews:
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William Dean Blankenship, Jr
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William Dean Blankenship Jr
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Indie Comic Creator Interview with William Dean Blankenship, Jr
May 2013
William Dean Blankenship Jr
Name: William Dean Blankenship, Jr
City: Recently relocated to Brentwood, CA.
Comics: Special Edition, Crazy Mary, Double Jumpers
Websites: twitter.com/MadcapComicswilliamblankenshipjr.deviantart.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?

William – I can’t remember ever having a time when I wasn’t into superheroes & comics. I think I bought a bulk of a few hundred “meh” level comics from a collector trying to get rid of their doubles & questionable buys when I was about 9. Since then I’ve been wanting to draw them professionally.

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

William – The first one I can remember was a Kelley Jones Batman issue when I was 7 or so.

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

William – 24-25 maybe?

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

William – I don’t know if I can just tie it to a decade. I’m more interested in what creators put out the best books during what eras. I’m obviously biased toward late 90s & early 2000s just because that’s when comics were most influential on me, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the quality of the work put out as a whole.

QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?

William – To be able to tell a story with a more focused & singular vision, where the only barrier to create is skill, rather than money or agency, which I did not have growing up.

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

William – I’d rather see indie comics be their own unique media. I think there are things that studios tried to do in the 90s that would be far more successful now, but a lot of those creators are older & more apathetic. They’re now looking out for their retirement & not trying to make waves. Guys like Mark Waid are taking a chance, but he’s Mark Waid, he’s gonna have the audience to support him. I want to see the next Image, or Gaijin Studios, or Man of Action.

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

William – I have no clue. I don’t deal with printing really.

QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?

William – I’m in no position to act like I know what a print book should cost, but I think digital issues need to be about 2 bucks, maybe 2.99 if it’s an oversized issue.

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

William – I’ve produced an embarrassingly low number of books over the past few years, but I’d like to be putting out at least 6 full issues a year. More than that if I’m only doing part of the process. (Pencils or line art)

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

William – I think serialized comics as they are being done now are pretty bad for the most part. I prefer whole stories in one mini-series or trade paperback.

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

William – I prefer comic books but I can see the benefits of strips when doing different sorts of projects.

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

William – 4-5 months if I’m doing it myself. 3-4 months on an assembly line style gig.

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

William – Everything?

QRD – Do you do thumbnails?

William – I tend to work digitally, so I just layout a few pages & then tighten up each individually on the pencils. Laying out or “thumbnailing” is always the hardest part for me because I have to make the most decisions & troubleshooting there.

QRD – At what size do you draw?


QRD – What kind of pens do you use?

William – Microns.

QRD – What does your workstation look like?

William – It used to look like a skyline of beer bottles & empty cigarette packs, but now it’s a Cintiq at a kitchen table.

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

William – Usually all the way through, but sometimes I ink traditionally.

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

William – There’s a lot of awesome ones & a lot that suck. There’s a lot of people doing them for nothing & a lot of people who’ve built a business model & supported themselves with them. Their comics. Same thing. Just on the interwebs.

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

William – Color.

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

William – Whatever works best to serve the story.

QRD – How do you find collaborators?

William – I kidnap them & tie them to a drawing table, feeding them only scraps & abusing them nightly with an assortment of whips & chains. After a few years of that they start to produce good work & they became submissive to my every command, which makes the collaboration go smoothly.

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

William – Depends on the writer. Depends on the artist. Depends on the project.

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

William – Jack Kirby.

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

William – Family has been fairly supportive. Friends think it’s more cool than it really is.

QRD – What do you think of superheroes?

William – I think they’re good people & they should be allowed to get married if they want to. Oh wait, wrong debate topic.

QRD – Marvel or DC?

William – Action Lab.

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

William – Dr. Steel, Hunter Thompson, Deadpool.

QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?

William – Yup.

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

William – I haven’t been able to attend many prior to this beyond Pittsburgh Comic Con, which was local for me. I’m hoping to attend many more this year on the West Coast.

QRD – What do you do to promote your books?

William – Fail miserably?

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

William – I try to make books that sell to people, so I want them to sell in as many places as possible.

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


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

William – Comic creator. Never been a collector & I rarely get enough time to really sit down & read one. I mostly do the magic behind the curtain anymore.

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

William – Internet? Distribution really isn’t my thing.

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

William – Making them with quality & absolute servitude to the story.