The Ides of March have rolled by and it’s time for Gibson Twist to belly up to the bar and take on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month”.
1. First comic you read as a child?
G.I.Joe #1 back in 1983, I think. We were on a road trip to the mountains and I wanted something to read. We stopped at some snack ‘n trinket store somewhere and it was on the rack. I can’t even say what drew me to it, I don’t even think I had any toys then, but I read it and fell in love.
2. Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?
Jim Henson. No one influenced my sense of character and storytelling, even how I view the world, more than Jim Henson. He and his cronies taught this weird kid how to read and introduced me to some lifelong friends. It’s hard to beat that. Also, The Kids in The Hall, as a troupe. They showed up onto the scene at exactly the right time to bury themselves deep into my brain and they’ve never left.
Two authors who were a big part of shaping my direction as a writer were George Orwell and Michael Ondaatje, whose styles were oddly different but still held a melancholy I find so beautiful, a stark honesty I hope my work will have. I’ve been influence by a good number of film directors as well, most notably Peter Weir, Orson Welles, David Fincher, The Coens, John Hughes. I mean, that list could get long. I think film itself has had a bigger effect on how I make comics than comics has.
Sometimes I feel like I should have more influence from comickers, and there are a few I admire greatly like Will Eisner and Jaime Hernandez, but because I was older before I really started to see the kind of comics I wanted to make, my biggest influences had already been instilled in me
3. Required drawing equipment or writing necessities?
Coffee and background noise. Everything else is negotiable.
4. Where did you go to school and what was your major?
No formal training. I dropped out of a journalism major at a crappy school and never went back. I’ve been kicked out of a number of campus bars since then, though.
5. Three Adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics
Paradoxical, Curious, and Gourmand
6. What is your favorite environment in which to create in? (Quiet, Music/movie in the background, etc.)
When writing, the best is grabbing a table at a moderately crowded cafe or bar by myself and steal glances of other people’s worlds. When your eyes are focused on a notebook, they never suspect you’re listening to every word they say. You get to see so many people and who they really are without the bother of getting to know them or wading through pretense.
With drawing, my ideal is among friends who are also drawing comics. Not drink and draw events, though those are fun, but communal comicking. There is no better energy for me than to be among that collective hum, talking, swapping thoughts, sharing ideas, stealing jokes, it’s brilliant. Normally, though, I throw on a TV series and let it play half-watched in the background. Sometimes, I listen to music, but I’m less productive then because I listen to really good music and when I feel the groove I just gotta dance.
7. Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)
I skipped a lot of school, all through my education. I skipped a week of school in the first grade. When totalled, all of my skipped classes is probably more than a full school year missed. I might be the best there ever was at skipping school. I would consider teaching other people how, but I probably wouldn’t show up.
8. Who would you pick to play you in a movie about your life?
Geoffrey Wright, Gary Oldman, Billy West, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
9. What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?
I think there is this secret about Pictures of You that it’s not what people think it’s going to be, and that it’s incredibly relateable. I think a lot of folks are scared away by some rough art at the beginning or the sheer length. I guess I want people to know that it’s worth taking a chance, because it becomes a big part of the lives of many readers.
Also, there is more full-frontal male nudity in Pictures of You than maybe in any other non-porn webcomic.
We have books and soon prints for sale at http://livenudecomics.storenvy.com which is Safe For Work even though most of the comics aren’t.
10. What is the meaning of life?
Not Python’s best, but still a great movie.
Thank you Gibson 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 Gibson.