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Indie Comic Creator interview with Troy Vevasis
July 2015
Troy Vevasis

Name: Troy Vevasis
City: Carlisle, PA
Comics: Creator & writer of Tales of Trolik, Mysterious Comics, Vaxdor and the Ikton Conflict, Furry Qaileny, Ghostly Comics
Websites: http://troyscomics.blogspot.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?

Troy – I was around seven when I read my first comic.

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

Troy – Star Wars Tales #4.

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

Troy – I was 20.

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

Troy – I think that comics from the 1980s are amazing!  I am a big fan of Mike Grell’s Green Arrow Long Bow Hunters comic!

QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?

Troy – I think that comics are one of the best forms of storytelling.  It combines reading with the visual aspect.

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

Troy – I think that in some cases indie comics can lead to the mainstream.  I also believe that indie comics stand out very well on their own.

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

Troy – It depends.  I print my comics using a print on demand service called Ka-Blam.  I print them as I need them.

QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?

Troy – I think that anywhere from 99˘ to $3.99 is good.

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

Troy – I have not released a full self-published book yet this year.  I have been focusing on submitting short comics to anthologies.

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

Troy – I think it depends of the story.  Both formats are great!

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

Troy – Comic strips are mostly featured in newspapers.  I think they are both great formats!

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

Troy – That depends on the project.  I try to have a six month turnaround time.

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

Troy – I think that digital comics & web comics are great!  They both move comics into the future.

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

Troy – I think it depends on the story & the art style.

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

Troy – Jeph Loeb, Roy Thomas, & Mark Millar.

QRD – What do you think of superheroes?

Troy – I am a big fan of superheroes!  I think that without them the comic format would have never caught on.

QRD – Marvel or DC?

Troy – I have been a huge fan of DC since I was young & would watch Batman The Animated Series every afternoon.

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

Troy – Batman or Star Wars.

QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?

Troy – It depends of the project.

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

Troy – I have only attended one convention so far.  It was a local convention.  I think they are a great way advertise projects.

QRD – How do you feel about doing work for anthologies?

Troy – It is great!  I am having a lot of fun so far submitting comics to anthologies!  I have been included in a few so far, including Indie Comics Magazine #9.

QRD – What do you do to promote your books?

Troy – I advertise them on my blog & on Facebook.  I also have some of my comics on Comixology & Drive Thru Comics.

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

Troy – I think comic shops are great!  I think they are the best place to find a wide selection of comics.

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

Troy – That would be amazing for any of my characters/series to be turned into any of the above!

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

Troy – I am a big collector of Star Wars variant covers.  I read a lot of comics!

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

Troy – Comixology & other digital platforms.

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

Troy – I would love to see more sword & sorcery comics!

QRD – Anything else?

Troy – Thanks for the interview!  It was fun discussing comics!