POTM Interview: Josh Hughes of Atomic Terrier

WA_10Qs_POTMIt’s been a great month putting the Spotlight on Atomic Terrier by Josh Hughes.  We’ve met his characters, Digby, Molly, and the Dealers of Justice.  Now that you’ve had time to learn about them, let’s learn about the creator of Atomic Terrier Josh Hughes as he takes on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month.”  We hope through this you come to know Josh a little more and as a reader feel a bit more connected to the creator.

1. First comic you read as a child?

It’s a toss up between an Amazing Spiderman or Gary Larson’s ‘Tales from the Farside’. I remember a lot of Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes comics too.

2. Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?

Tons of cartoons from the eighties and nineties!  Artists like Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, Bill Watterson, Mike Mignola. Writers like Piers Anthony, Roger Zelazny, Stephen King, Gordon Dickson, Terry Brooks. A lot of the stuff I write and draw is mostly wish fulfillment , something that a 10 year old me would see and say “awesome!”

3. Required drawing equipment or writing necessities?

A sketchbook is a must, my writing is organic and usually comes with  accompanying sketches. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to write out  anything without wanting to draw it out. I’ve only just recently bought a cintiq  and that’s been an amazing help, but before that it was pencils and inks on  Bristol board. Then colored in Photoshop. Now it’s all Photoshop. When I  first started I was using Flash… so I don’t think it’s about the equipment,  it’s about just making it happen.

4. Where did you go to school and what was your major?

I went into the commercial art business right out of high school, most of my  technical knowledge came from on the job experience. I learned a lot about the business side of being an artist from my aunt who is an awesome artist. I have been self taught for the majority of the stuff I do, if I did take a class on anything it would be on writing.

5. Three Adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics?

 1. Sarcastic

 2. Moody

 3. Funny

6. What is your favorite environment in which to create in? (Quiet, Music/movie in the background, etc.)

Something in the background playing, music on Pandora or some movie I’ve seen a dozen times. Soundtracks to movies are great to draw to as well. Podcasts ( Like the Webcomic Alliance’s ) about art or comics are inspirational and motivating too.

7.  Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)

When I was around eight a friend of mine and I found some spraypaint cans in the basement storage area of our apartment complex. (I’m going to say it wasn’t my idea to spray paint the walls…) We were confronted the next day by our parents, we denied it of course. I guess we shouldn’t have spray painted our own names on the wall…

8. Who would you pick to play you in a movie about your life?

Gary Oldman or Hugh Jackman

9.  What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?

I’ll soon have Atomic Terrier volume 4 available for purchase and I’m working on a new full comic for the Dealers of Justice. I’m also working on a full length story for my other webcomic ‘Bot Bros’ it’s a fantasy adventure story about two brothers that just happen to be robots  (www.botbros.com). I’m in the planning stages for a Kickstarter that I’m really excited about!

10. What is the meaning of life?

Doing what you love, whatever that might be.

There you have it folks, straight from the creators mouth to this site to your eyes.  It’s been a lot of fun this month spotlighting Atomic Terrier and Josh Hughes.  If you have not checked out the Pick of the Month write up on Atomic Terrier head over there now and check it out.  Make sure to add Atomic Terrier to your comic list as well, you won’t be let down, it’s an incredibly fun story.

Thank you Josh for taking the time to share with us your thoughts on our 10 Questions and letting us shine our November spotlight on you and your comic.

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