It’s been a great February spotlighting that flying heroine Zeppelin and her friends in the great webcomic “Lighter than Heir”. Lighter than Heir is another great collaboration comic from the talented artist and writer over at Pale Dog Studios, Nalem and Spanio. So let’s take some time and find out a little bit more about this duo as they take on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month”.
1. First comic you read as a child?
Nalem: The Sonic the Hedgehog Archie comics! I was a big Sonic nut as a child, and when the show stopped, I kept on reading the comics! I still read them from time to time when I find them at the comic book store.
Spanio: Probably Peanuts. I was a big fan of the Sunday newspaper comics when I was little.
2. Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?
Nalem: Akira Toriyama. While there are many others who have influenced me, Dragon Ball Z was the biggest influence on me to this date, especially in my art.
Spanio: I can’t under-represent the role Ian Jones-Quartey has played in my life. RPG World was the first online comic I really fell in love with. And since then, he’s continued to be a huge inspiration through his other creative endeavors.
3. Required drawing equipment or writing necessities?
Nalem: Manga Studio EX 4 [it’s so great!], My Fujitsu T730 Tablet Computer, and Spanio. Haha, I’d be lost without Spanio!
Spanio: I love drawing digitally, so I’ve got to have a tablet for that. To write, I just need my brain to shut out other projects so I can focus on one thing at a time and actually get something done.
4. Where did you go to school and what was your major?
Nalem: I went to Thomas More College and my major was Fine Art. I learned the fundamentals like figure drawing, perspective, and color theory.
Spanio: I have a BA in art from Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky. I hope to have my student loans paid off before the earth is destroyed by a swollen sun.
5. Three Adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics
Nalem: Nerdy, hungry, and shy
Spanio: Tired, stressed and distracted
6. What is your favorite environment in which to create in? (Quiet, Music/movie in the background, etc.)
Nalem: I tend to start daydreaming when I listen to music, so I’ll either put on a Podcast [like the Nerdist, Night Vale, or maybe a brand new one], stand up, or a dubbed anime/tv show I’m sort of interested in! I’ve tried putting on subtitled movies/shows before. Bad idea, don’t do it!
Spanio: I love to hash out story ideas while driving. But for drawing, I prefer to be tuned into Internet radio at my desk. It is dangerous to confuse the two. DO NOT DRAW AND DRIVE.
7. Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)
Nalem: Let’s go for exciting! When I was in second grade, our class went to FAO Schwarz to meet Christina Ricci. She read the book version of Addams Family Values to the class! We were also on the news that evening. I saw myself on TV, it was neat.
Spanio: K-12. Pretty much all of it
8. Who would you pick to play you in a movie about your life?
Nalem: Jimmy Stewart! I know he’s older, male, and dead, but he’s a really good actor, and I think he could have pulled it off. This is a dream scenario anyway. Why bring logic into it now? Haha.
Spanio: Once I’ve got my hands on that sweet sweet “sell out” money, you could cast Nicolas Cage and hire Brett Ratner to direct and I wouldn’t even care.
9. What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?
We’re launching a Kickstarter for Lighter than Heir Volume 1 March 3, 2014! It collects the first 224 pages with revised art, bonus material, and in full color for the first time! Please check it out when the time comes!
10. What is the meaning of life?
Nalem: Try to have the best life you can and be happy, in spite of the hardships life throws at you.
Spanio: Try to carve out a small piece of the world and make an attempt to leave it better than you found it. Learn from your mistakes and try to be a good person. Failing that, try again!
Thank y’all both for taking the time to share your responses to our 10 Questions and giving readers a chance to get to know you a little bit more. We hope everyone has had as great a time as we have spotlighting this comic and these talented folks.