What a month July has been for one Vinnie the Vampire, usually summer is not good on a Vampire, for obvious reasons, but he even awoke a night or two with a fanged smile knowing he has been the Pick of the Month for July. However, there’s someone else who has been enjoying the time in the spotlight and that’s creator Tim Green. Tim has created a very fun approach to the vampire story line with his webcomic Vinnie the Vampire, so let’s spend some time and meet Tim and see what makes him tick as he takes on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month”.
Thinking back, what is the first comic you recall reading as a child?
Tim: My first real comic obsession was “Garfield.” I discovered the first “Garfield” book at about ten years old. I used draw the comics in a spiral notebook I carried around with me. I even made an audio book with a cassette recorder!
Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?
Tim: I have always loved the artwork of Will Eisner and Walt Kelly, their stuff is like “comic porn” to me! My all time favorite has to be Bill Watterson. “Calvin & Hobbes”, in my opinion, is the perfect balance of art and writing in the comic genre.
What would you consider required drawing equipment or writing necessities?
Tim: I like to draw with mechanical pencils ( I’m to lazy to use a sharpener). I prefer a smooth bristol board. I ink my comic with Pitt artist markers at the moment, but I want to start working with nibs and brushes at some point.
Where did you go to school and what was your major?
Tim: I graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta with an Associate Degree in Visual Communications.
Three adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics?
Tim: I would have said creepy, kooky and all together ooky, but that describes my comic pretty well, so I’ll go with intense, childlike and worrisome.
We all have favorite places, scenarios we feel more creative in. What is your favorite environment in which to create?
Tim: When I’m writing I like it to be quiet, but once I get to the drawing stage, I like to listen to music.
Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)
Tim: Once I secretly opened all my Christmas presents, very carefully, and taped them closed again. That was the worst Christmas ever, I had to pretend to be surprised Christmas morning. To this day I never snoop in closets, under the bed or even pick up a present to shake it!
If a movie of your life were made who would you pick to play you?
Tim: I would have to say Paul Rudd. I know he looks nothing like me, but we’re about the same age and his character in “I Love You, Man” was hilarious!
What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?
Tim: I posted my 300th comic recently and I’ve been kicking around the idea of a first VTV book! I’m still researching the idea so don’t expect one under the Christmas tree this year.
What is the meaning of life?
Tim: I would say it is to leave the place better than when you got here. That could be through your children or through your works in this life. It could also be to eat all the ice cream you can get your hands on.
There you have it folks, you have taken a glimpse into the life of Tim Green. I hope this helps you as a reader to connect with him a bit more, and those of you new to Tim’s webcomic Vinnie the Vampire I hope you take some time and dig through the archives and get to know Tim and Vinnie a bit more.