with Martin Malin
Name: Martin Malin
City: West Islip, NY
QRD – How old were you when you first got into comics & did you always stick with them or did you come back to them?
Martin – Guess I started seriously in my 30s, both hardcopy & online & have drifted in & out since.
QRD – What was the first comic book you ever bought?
Martin – Dennis the Menace. Terrorizing grownups & never once getting spanked: every kid’s fantasy.
QRD – How old were you when you put out your first comic?
Martin – I was creating characters & bits of storylines in grade school. I got serious, as I said, in my 30s.
QRD – What decade do you think produced the best comics?
Martin – The one I grew up with, THE SILVER AGE (the 50s).
QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?
Martin – GREAT QUESTION. An honest self-assessment: I am NOT a great artist... I am NOT a great writer… however I DO believe I’m a better writer than most artists & a better artist than most writers... hence comic books!
QRD – Do you see mini-comics & indie comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media?
Martin – Depends on the creator: If all you want is to see your vision in print you stay with indies.…When the time comes to start paying bills you start thinking about mainstream.
QRD – Do you think stories should be serialized or delivered as complete works?
Martin – Again it depends on the creator... & the creation. Can the creator maintain quality throughout a serial length story? Can his creation (story) be contained in 8-10 pages or does it demand serialization?
QRD – What do you do better with your comics now than when you first started?
Martin – Stock answer: EVERYTHING! Specifically I honestly believe my penciling has improved. I kid myself into believing my inking too. My lettering & spelling still suck.
QRD – At what size do you draw?
Martin – 9x12 bristol board.
QRD – What kind of pens do you use?
Martin – Microns.
QRD – What does your workstation look like?
Martin – Imagine Yucca Flats after the a-bomb tests. I AM an unabashed, lifelong slob.
QRD – Do you prefer working in color or black & white?
Martin – Black & white. I just don’t do color... except the covers.
QRD – How do you find collaborators?
Martin – I don’t. I’m strictly a one man band.
QRD – Do you think it’s important to have a full story arc completely written before starting to draw?
Martin – I usually have a generalized idea of where I’m going... but the life of the story may take me somewhere else... & THAT’S the fun!
QRD – What comic book person would you be most flattered to be compared to?
Martin – Will Elder.
QRD – What do your friends & family think of your comics?
Martin – I have NO friends & I HATE my family. Next question.
QRD – What do you think of superheroes?
Martin – When I was a kid I loved them; but I think it’s the kind of thing, like measles, that you (or I) just outgrew.
QRD – Marvel or DC?
Martin – DC I guess. They were my first love & as the cliche has it, that’s special.
QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?
Martin – I’m very happy with my current publisher CE Publishing helmed by the extraordinary Mike Rickaby.
QRD – How do you feel about doing work for anthologies?
Martin – I actually got my start (or restart) In CE’s fabulous anthology MEGABOOK renowned for featuring the most exciting & creative talent on the indie scene.
QRD – What do you do to promote your books?
Martin – Interviews like this.
QRD – What other medium would you like to see some of your comics made into (television, film, games, action figures, etc.)?
Martin – Any of the above if I can see some $ out of it. My own bills are coming due.
QRD – What do you see as the most viable mediums for comics distribution 10 years from now?
Martin – Sadly we see bookstore chains folding, which suggests that all publications, text & comic, may eventually land in hyperspace.... & since Fritesite’s already there isn’t that nice for me?!!
QRD – What would you like to see more people doing with comics?
Martin – Reading Fritesite which I neglected to mentioned copped the prestigious 2014 Fred Wertham Comic Book Most Likely to Seduce the Innocent award...just thought I’d throw that in.
QRD – Anything else?
Martin – A VERY BIG THANK YOU for the opportunity to blow my own horn... &I’m still holding out hope for a sequel to The Alligator People.