For the first half of December we have put the Christmas Spotlight on Cool Yule Comics by George Broderick, Jr and now it’s time to readjust the flood light in the yard and put it on the creator of the comics George Broderick, Jr. himself. So get your favorite snuggie, a warm cup of Joe or Hot Cocoa and “chill” with George as he takes on our ’10 Questions for the Pick of the Month”.
1. First comic you read as a child?
Certainly, I started with the newspaper comics, but as for actual “comic books”, I believe I was given a Little Lulu At Summer Camp comic when I was in the hospital having my tonsils removed in the summer of 1965. I followed that up with serialized episodes of Tintin in Children’s Digest later that year, when my grandmother bought me a subscription when I was home sick with the mumps (I’m sensing a theme here…). The first comic I actually BOUGHT was a Batman 80 Page Giant (for a nickel WITHOUT a cover).
2. Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?
I have several influences. I always loved the work of Carmine Infantino as a kid and I think many of my designs reflect his striking layout/design work. I’m also a HUGE fan of Curt Swan, Jack Cole, C.C. Beck and E.C. Segar.
3. Required drawing equipment or writing necessities?
Equipment. Nothing gets me so jazzed as a new, sharpened pencil and a blank sheet of paper.
4. Where did you go to school and what was your major?
La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA. I have my BS in Graphic Design.
5. Three adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics?
Funny. Witty. Awesome.
6. What is your favorite environment in which to create in? (Quiet, Music/movie in the background, etc.)
Music playing in the background. Mostly Oldies, 70’s music, Jimmy Buffett and (duh!) Christmas music.
7. Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)
I once pooped in a display toilet in the hardware store when I was five. I had to go, most five year olds don’t understand plumbing and I couldn’t figure out why other customers were walking past and laughing. Hadn’t they ever seen anyone poop before? My dad was embarrassed, but thought it was funny, so I didn’t get punished. SCORE!
8. Who would you pick to play you in a movie about your life?
It’s between Rip Taylor and the late Margaret Hamilton. CGI, Baby!
9. What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?
In addition to my Cool Yule Comics site, yiu can find out more about me at my creator site www.georgebroderick.com and see many of my other comics at www.townburgcity.com… my Courageous Man comic strip can be seen five days a week at GoComics and most of my Holy Cow Comics and Christmas comics can be digitally downloaded at Amazon and Comixology.
10. What is the meaning of life?
Dance like no one is watching.
We want to thank George for taking the time to allow us to find out a little more about him, and we hope this helps you as a reader of his work, or a new reader of his work to learn a little more about him. Be sure to go check out Cool Yule Comics and George’s other works, and if you haven’t done so already go check out the POTM write up of Cool Yule Comics here.
Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!