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Guitarist Interviews:
Fred Frith
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Comic Creator Interviews:
Jules Rivera
Derek Adnams & Brandon Bullock
Graham & Caroline Johnson
Martin Malin
Mike Rickaby
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Comic Creator Interview with Martin Malin
December 2014
Name: Martin Malin
City: West Islip, NY
Comics: Fritesite
Websites: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/468179

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.