with Casey Brillon of Crusty Comics
Name: Casey Brillon
City: Oceanside, CA
Comics: Crusty Comics
QRD – How old were you when you first got into comics & did you always stick with them or did you come back to them?
Casey – When I was four my mom & dad got me a subscription of The Amazing Spider-Man. Unfortunately none of those comics survived my childhood, but my love for comics did.
QRD – What was the first comic book you ever bought?
Casey – Punisher #8. At a small comic show at a community center, in my hometown.
QRD – How old were you when you put out your first comic?
Casey – 34.
QRD – What decade do you think produced the best comics?
Casey – The late 80s early 90s had some pretty cool stuff.
QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?
Casey – I love telling stories with art & comics is just what works for me.
QRD – Do you see mini-comics & indie comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media?
Casey – I see them as there own unique media. I can do things in my stories that just don’t jive with the likes of mainstream comics. I find it comforting that they are so different.
QRD – How many copies of your comic do you print in your first run?
Casey – 250.
QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?
Casey – If it’s a handmade full-color 32 page book, I think it’s worth $5. Black & white with less pages should range from $4 down to $2. I don’t believe the reader should take the hit for expensive printing costs, but the artist has no choice, most of the time.
QRD – How many books do you produce a year & how many would you like to?
Casey – About 1 book a year. I’m way too busy with being a husband, a father, & working full time to pump out any more than that.
QRD – Do you think stories should be serialized or delivered as complete works?
Casey – I dig complete works. For example I enjoy the shit out of Saga, so I buy them by the volume.
QRD – How are comic strips different than comic books & which medium do you prefer?
Casey – Comic strips can seem simple, but I feel they can be more difficult that a comic book. It’s a little difficult delivering every time, but with a comic book you can tell a story without frame limitations.
QRD – How long is it from when you start a comic until it’s printed?
Casey – My comic books take me about 8 months, but I’m slowly getting more efficient so I hope to shave that down.
QRD – What do you do better with your comics now than when you first started?
Casey – Everything. The art is better, the planning, the content, the characters. It’s evolving every moment.
QRD – Do you do thumbnails?
Casey – Yep. & I save them to help when I’m jammed up on a new project.
QRD – What kind of pens do you use?
Casey – If I have the time I use pen nibs & brushes with India ink. Other wise I use micron pens.
QRD – What does your workstation look like?
Casey – Pretty clean & organized at the beginning of a project. Completely trashed by the end. Before each project I have to clean & dust everything on the drawing table.
QRD – At what point in the artistic process do you work digitally?
Casey – I scan after I’ve inked the pages. I then use Photoshop for small changes. I use Illustrator to create the digital PDF for Comixology.
QRD – Do you prefer working in color or black & white?
Casey – Black & white.
QRD – How do you find collaborators?
Casey – Instagram.
QRD – Do you think it’s important to have a full story arc completely written before starting to draw?
Casey – Yes. It can get nasty trying to add pages or panels in later. It can change the whole layout when it’s time to print.
QRD – What do your friends & family think of your comics?
Casey – They’re hit or miss. Some people don’t get my sense of humor, so they pass on my comics. Others can’t get enough.
QRD – What conventions do you try to attend & why?
Casey – I prefer the zine fest’s over comic cons.