Comic Creator interview
with 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
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!