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Cartoonist Dad Interview with Adam Black creator of Locus
May 2015
Adam Black creator of Locus
Name: Adam Black
Comics: Locus: Godslayer, Silk & Honey, Locus, KISS 4K
Websites: http://locuscomics.com

QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be a cartoonist?

Adam – I first thought about it when I was four years old, but it wasn’t till I was in my mid-20s before the first one saw print.

QRD – What are a few highlights of your cartooning career?

Adam – I’m the only person (so far) who has written, penciled, inked, colored, lettered, & published (online) an official KISS comic all by himself. That was interesting.  But I think my biggest highlight is making enough from Locus subscriptions to live comfortably.

QRD – At what age did you decide you wanted to become a father?

Adam – About a minute or two after my first child was born.

QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your family has had on your career?

Adam – Negative impacts were all financial, but anyone with kids knows how expensive they can be.  Positive impacts were that they were all very supportive, even to this day.

QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your career has had on your family?

Adam – You know... you’d probably have to ask them that! Ha-ha!

QRD – Have your children effected the comics you make &/or read?

Adam – Both my kids are the baseline for the attitude & personality of some of the characters in my comic. & as the father of a daughter, I tend to stay away from female characters that aren’t up to snuff.

QRD – Have you had problems with the lack of steady money from an artistic career providing the security you feel necessary in your household?

Adam – Before my kids were grown, I had a day job because kids need health insurance. Keeping my art career on the back burner like that didn’t help it much, but the kids are grown & healthy now! & that’s most important to me.

QRD – Given the limitations having a family has on going on the convention circuit, would you have showed more earlier in life if you’d known?

Adam – I’ve never been big on cons, especially lately. They’re just not cost-efficient for me at present.

QRD – Do you think being a father or a cartoonist has a greater impact on your community?

Adam – It’s a bit of a toss-up, but I think being a good father & raising good, conscientious children is the most important thing.

QRD – Would you rather see your children eventually become cartoonists or parents?

Adam – They’re adults now! It’s entirely up to them. At present, they’re neither.

QRD – Both family & comics seem like things that will take up as much of your time as you’re willing to put in.  How do you end up dividing your time?

Adam – I would wait till the family was asleep before I got my comic work done. It really was the simplest method.

QRD – What do your kids think of your comics?

Adam – They like my comics, but they’re not super fans or anything. They grew up with it. It’s normal to them. Nothing exciting, really.

QRD – Do you think you could ever do a comic project with your children?

Adam – Sure! I’ve done a couple pinups of comic characters I created just for my kids. It was a lot of fun.

QRD – Any words of advice to young people?

Adam – Don’t stop drawing! No matter what happens, no matter where you are in life, no matter how much time you have to draw, DO NOT STOP.  Eventually your kids will be grown & move out of the house & you’ll suddenly have a LOT more free time to draw. Not to mention more money! & more space! My first dedicated studio was my daughter’s room after she moved out.  Enjoy your kids! Enjoy your life! But never ever stop drawing.