POTM Interview: Jeff Crowther

Y4H10QsWe’ve had a lot of fun this month putting the spotlight on the blue hero of Squaresville, but let’s shift gears and focus now on the creator that brought Yeti to us, Jeff Crowther.  So sit back and take some time with us as we submit our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month” to Jeff, and though this get a chance to peel back the layers and know Jeff a little more.  As a reader we love their work and find ways to connect with them, so we hope as readers these 10 Questions serve as a way for you to do just that, and come away feeling a bit closer to them and their work.  So let’s go meet Jeff shall we?

1. First comic you read as a child?

I remember getting a Hulk comic when I was about 4 or 5. I couldn’t read
yet but I was fascinated by it. I think I had it memorized after just a few
times of having it read to me. As I got older, the Marvel Secret Wars
mini-series of the mid 80’s really got me hooked. There was no looking back
after that.

2. Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?

There’s quite a list… Jack Kirby, Erik Larsen, Mike Allred, Stan Sakai, Jeff Smith, Bruce Timm, Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken, Doug TenNapel, Ben Caldwell. Honestly, I could go on and on.

3. Required drawing equipment or writing necessities?

My trusty mechanical pencils and marker paper for penciling my pages. For the digital finishing it’s my Inutos 3 tablet, Illustrator & Photoshop.

4. Where did you go to school and what was your major?

I studied illustration at R.I.T. in Rochester, New York.

5. Three Adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics?

  • Bearded (Which is synonymous with both manly and debonair.)
  • Accomplished (Often used in reference to my pizza-eating skills.)
  • Jenga-riffic (Always used in reference to my Jenga skills.)

6. What is your favorite environment in which to create in? (Quiet, Music/movie in the background, etc.)

For writing I go to my local library. In fact, everywhere I’ve lived I’ve done most of my comic writing at the library. Obviously there must be some benefit to being surrounded by great works of literature when one is scripting scenes of a yeti punching a guy with a taco for a head.

All my drawing is done in my swank basement studio with either music or an audio book playing in the background. Occasionally I’ll watch a movie or some cartoons while I work.

7.  Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)

 have one that qualifies as both embarrassing and exciting. I was once called on stage during a magician’s act to assist him with a trick. He was going to stick a sword though my throat. As he prepared the collar that he would place around my neck to hide the illusion, he asked me to tell the audience a joke. I instantly froze and couldn’t think of a single joke. That was the embarrassing part. The exciting part came a moment later as he performed the illusion and I saw the tip of the sword pop out the front of the collar around my neck.

8. Who would you pick to play you in a movie about your life?

Eddie Murphy, but only if he agreed to play every character in the film.

9.  What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?

I’m currently considering a Kickstarter to collect my first two Yeti stories along with some extra content. I’ll have more details on my site as things develop.

10. What is the meaning of life?

“You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the Facts of Life.”

Thank you Jeff so much for taking the time to share this with us, and thank you readers for coming by and getting to know Jeff a little more.  I hope you feel a bit more connected to this super talented creator.  If you’d like to see the original Pick of the Month post for Yeti 4 Hire please click here.  Also, make sure to check out Jeff’s fun and exciting comic.

Website: www.yeti4hire.com


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