1. First comic you read as a child?
It was a Batman book, no doubt about it. Neal Adams drew it, and I remember being amazed even then, as young as I was, at how he moved the art around the page. I was young, 4 years old or so, and that was one of those epiphany type moments when you know you’re looking at something incredible.
2. Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?
I have a lot of folks that I pull from, creators I just love. Peter David, Mark Millar, Brian Vaughn, Mark Waid…the list goes on. I like guys who do good characters, who don’t take themselves too seriously, and who treat fans really well. I’ve met all those guys and felt with each of them that they really enjoyed making comics and meeting fans. I think that’s important, even if it might be considered sort of a small thing, respecting the folks who make you successful.
3. Required drawing equipment or writing necessities?
Microsoft Office for my writing, though I have recently shifted almost all my writing to my iPad, so I use a script app called Celtx. The iPad just makes for easier carrying honestly, and it’s less hassle to keep up with. For lettering I use Adobe Illustrator CS6 on my Macbook Pro. Can’t beat the best!
4. Where did you go to school and what was your major?
I grew up in North West Texas, attended high school in a little town called Plainview. Since then I’ve attended innumerable US Navy schools, commercial dive training, various vocational schools related to my work in diving, and worked away at a degree from Ashford University that I haven’t quite finished it! My major will end up in either English or History, I haven’t quite decided yet.
5. Three Adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics
Driven, loyal, and funny.
6. What is your favorite environment in which to create in? (Quiet, Music/movie in the background, etc.)
I definitely do my best thinking in the shower for some reason, but as far as how I like my writing environment, I almost always have music playing via my iTunes account. I set up different playlists depending on what sort of script I’m writing, or whatever I’m lettering at the time. Most of Fallen Justice (my original series that leads into Dynagirl) was written listening to darker stuff like Tool, whereas with Dynagirl I have music like Sting, Dire Straits, or Kings of Leon playing. Totally different vibe there.
7. Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)
I have always had an excellent memory, and yet when I was cast as the lead in my first big high school play, I found myself on stage opening night without a clue what my lines were. I adlibbed a good portion of the whole first act, and completely got away with it, until my drama teacher got back stage! After that, I learned my lines.
8. Who would you pick to play you in a movie about your life?
Jack Black, Jason Lee, or Kevin Smith.
9. What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?
Well, we update once a week but we’ve got the whole series available in print for those that want it! Right now every single issue is available and the trades are coming very soon! We’re also transitioning to the Amazon marketplace so everything from the studio will be available there shortly as well. Beyond that, I’m currently embroiled in writing a novel about pirates! So keep an eye out for that!
10. What is the meaning of life?
Living it to the fullest. I’m not a big “YOLO” proponent, because quite honestly I’m sick of seeing that scrawled everywhere by a bunch of people who wouldn’t know what it even meant if they hadn’t looked it up online. What I’m talking about is making it count, no matter how you choose to do that. Life isn’t about the finish line, it’s about the race.