1. What made you decide to become an indie creator rather than work for the "big 2"?
Freedom. Creative freedom and eventually financial freedom. If not this project, something. Lol. When I was a young not my mom encouraged me to create my own characters.
2. Who was you greatest influence?
Growing up my influence was my mom. She put me into a lot of art programs, bought me an airbrush, comic books, art supplies, etc. High school it became my art peers because I went to a Magnet Arts High School.
3. What got you started in doing a comic series?
My ultimate dream is having a big animation studio, but comics have always been my Love, too. Comics are "quicker", with a different set of detail rules. I wanted to start telling my stories and get them done the most cost efficient way: comics.
4. What do you hope to accomplish with your comic?
I hope to accomplish a lot with my work.
A. Show my daughters starting and finishing, no matter the circumstances.
B. Build a buzz about who I am and my values/talents.
C. Get people to appreciate independent art more.
D. Create an income outside the rat race.
E. Belief in myself and teaching others moth belief in themselves anything can be accomplished.
F. Readers have fun. They are drawn to the characters.
G. Learn to improve my story
5. Do you have any other artistic interests outside of comics?
2D and stop motion animation, and gaming. I currently work with Creative Overdose Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. ytelling abilities.
So many writers. No faves. Lol. Chris Clairmont-90's X-Men, Brian Michael Bendis and Reginald Hudlin.
7. What are your three favorite comic book artists?
No face artist. Olivier Coipel, Paolo Pantalena, Khary Randolf.
8. What kind of equiptment or style of drawing do you use?
I like to blend traditional with digital. I love remembering the basics: Pencil and paper, however I will not sent the power of the digital tools!
9. What sort of training or academic program did you pursue to become a cartoonist?
I went to the Art Institute of Atlanta from 2001-2006.
10. What has been the highlight of your cartooning career?
A career highlight. Working on Squidbillies back in 2005. I was still in school, getting a paycheck and others were there from school interning. I am still so grateful for that experience then.
11. Describe a normal art/writing session?
Art session. Afro Samurai DVD is my background noise, big ass cup of water, my references, my tools, my imagination, and I start cooking!
12. Are you affiliated to any publisher, group or are you going rogue?
Right now I'm rogue, but my business training keeps me open to opportunity. I believe in a proper blending of Art and Business.
13. What are you currently working on?
1st title to be released: Kidnapped Kronicklez
Immortal Warrior Empress named Legend falls in love with the charismatic mortal Marz, but refuses to relinquish her immortal essence. Legend has to face consequences for her rebellious acts, but she's too stubborn to accept her fate.
15. What kind of impact has cartooning had on your life and could you ever see yourself not doing it?
Not doing this stuff? I'd be miserable, dead or in prison. I'm my early teens I was making characters while my homies are having shootouts with the police.
16. Do you set yourself any deadlines or other tricks to keep yourself motivated?
Deadlines are funny. For clients I can meet them. For self, I'm always fixing, not so much. Depending on the day I really have to have some serious self talk. Depression is a doozy!
17. What's the part of the process you could do without?
The artist self-loathing, "not good enough" mentality.
18. What's the favorite part of the artistic process for you?
I love the sketching the most. The laying the foundation for clean lines. This is where the energy begins. The gesture. It's still loose and chaotic before it comes to form.
19. What is the most challenging aspect of cartooning for you?
At thisvs tee age in my life, finishing my first issue. I'm having some personal challenges that slowed production, but I keep pushing no matter the situations.
20. What are your future plans involving comics?
Future Plans: Kidnapped Kroniclez is a gateway story to a composium of titles that all cross over each other. These tales will be told over comics, and animation giving the stories more life. So, yeah, my future is pretty busy. Ha!
Pretty busy indeed, but not only busy; promising! We can't wait to read Kidnapped Kroniclez and all these titles in your universe. Make sure to let us know when these titles are available and we'll make sure to let our readers all about them. Continued success!