Interview with Josh Howard
Name: Josh Howard
City: Arlington, TX
Comics: Dead@17, Black Harvest, Lost Books of Eve, Clubbing, Monster High
QRD – How old were you when you first got into comics & did you always stick with them or did you come back to them?
Josh – I read GI Joe & Transformers when I was 7 & 8, but really didn’t “get into” comics until I was 11 or 12 after seeing Tim Burton’s Batman.
QRD – What was the first comic book you ever bought?
Josh – Detective Comics #602. I remember it vividly. It was the first Batman comic I found after seeing the movie.
QRD – How old were you when you put out your first comic?
Josh – With my first officially published work I was 27.
QRD – What decade do you think produced the best comics?
Josh – The late eighties/early nineties was my heyday. I would never objectively call that the best, but for me that era was everything.
QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?
Josh – I can’t imagine drawing without telling a story. & I can’t imagine a life without drawing.
QRD – Do you see mini-comics & indie comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media?
Josh – For sure - if that is your goal. Some are happy to stay where they are.
QRD – How many copies of your comic do you print in your first run?
Josh – The very first issue of Dead@17 I think had a print run of 3000.
QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?
Josh – They should cost what they cost.
QRD – How many books do you produce a year & how many would you like to?
Josh – I generally produce between 4-8 a year. I would love to do a full 12, but it’s difficult when I’m the one writing, drawing, & coloring.
QRD – Do you think stories should be serialized or delivered as complete works?
Josh – Both. Whatever works for a particular story.
QRD – How are comic strips different than comic books & which medium do you prefer?
Josh – I prefer comics. But I admire those that can tell a complete idea within a few panels on a daily or weekly basis.
QRD – How long is it from when you start a comic until it’s printed?
Josh – As short as a month & a half. Or as long as years.
QRD – What do you do better with your comics now than when you first started?
Josh – I would say everything. Some would disagree. :)
QRD – Do you do thumbnails?
Josh – Yes, but very loose.
QRD – At what size do you draw?
Josh – 11x17.
QRD – What kind of pens do you use?
Josh – Microns & Pentel brush pens.
QRD – What does your workstation look like?
Josh – Usually a clutter.
QRD – At what point in the artistic process do you work digitally?
Josh – For coloring, lettering, & minor adjustments.
QRD – What do you think of digital comics & webcomics?
Josh – Whatever works for the artist, the story, & the audience is okay with me.
QRD – Do you prefer working in color or black & white?
Josh – Color I suppose. But I would loooove to do a black & white comic.
QRD – Do you think it’s important to have a full story arc completely written before starting to draw?
Josh – Not at all. I almost always have the end nailed down, but leave myself plenty of wiggle room.
QRD – What comic book person would you be most flattered to be compared to?
Josh – Any of the good ones.
QRD – What do your friends & family think of your comics?
Josh – I don’t know. I think they all stopped reading a long time ago. It’s just “that thing” I do now. :)
QRD – What do you think of superheroes?
Josh – In their current form, I am not a fan. But that wasn’t always the case.
QRD – Marvel or DC?
Josh – DC. But I answer this not as a regular reader of modern comics, but as a fan of the characters in their purest form (namely Batman & Superman).
QRD – What comic characters other than your own would you like to work with?
Josh – Star Trek.
QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?
Josh – I have & will.
QRD – What conventions do you try to attend & why?
Josh – Lots. My favorite will always be SDCC though for a variety of reasons.
QRD – How do you feel about doing work for anthologies?
Josh – I like the idea of doing anthologies. But I generally don’t like reading them.
QRD – What do you do to promote your books?
Josh – Social media, as much as I dislike it.
QRD – Do you think your comics are well suited to comic shops or would sell better elsewhere?
Josh – Wish they could be more places, of course.
QRD – What other medium would you like to see some of your comics made into (television, film, games, action figures, etc.)?
Josh – TV (or something like it) is in the works, so I would have to say action figures.
QRD – Do you consider yourself a comic collector or a comic reader or both?
Josh – Right now, neither. But I’ve been generally a reader, never a collector.
QRD – What do you see as the most viable mediums for comics distribution 10 years from now?
Josh – I just hope people are still reading comics!
QRD – What would you like to see more people doing with comics?
Josh – If you have something you want to change or see represented in comics - MAKE YOUR OWN. Fail or succeed on your own merits. Don’t impose your personal politics/beliefs/identity on decades old established characters. Create something new.
QRD – Anything else?
Josh – Check out part one of the live action adaptation of Dead@17 at POPBOOM.COM!