by D. Goines Jan 31, 2017
1. When did you first decide that you wanted to create your own comics as a career?
I always enjoyed comics and what they offered in terms of a wide arrange of content to fans and new readers alike. But in terms of creating my own comics, I just wanted to be involved in any facet I could, whether that be inking or consulting or just being included in the creative process in general. If my own comic happens to come into fruition in the future or I just continue to work on other established series, in the long run either opportunity is fine with me.
2. Who has had the biggest influence on you outside the comics industry, and how did they affect your life?
There have been a number of influences on me personally outside of comics that have affected the way I see and approach things day to day, including everything from being a military brat and that background, to sports, all the way to the many encouraging teachers I had growing up. All of these things molded me into the individual I am today and the work ethic which goes along with it hopefully reflected in the comics I work on.
3. Who has had the biggest influence on your comics career, and how has that person changed your work?
I wouldn't say there is any one person who has influenced my comics career but many, as I had a number of established pros provide me with a wealth of knowledge and advice which ultimately helped me become serviceable enough to do this work professionally. I am constantly exploring new techniques and ideas from the continual interaction with my fellow peers within this industry.
4. What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?
After working hard to meet a deadline I generally take a day or two off away from the drawing table and catch up on TV or play video games to relax and be fresh for the next assignment.
5. Describe your typical work routine.
My day is structured typically with me beginning my work in the studio at 10:30 in the morning working in 4 hour intervals with a 30 min to an hour break in-between each session until about midnight - 2am the following morning when I go to bed.
6. What tools do you use to create comics and what makes them the “right tools” for you?
A number of inkers have a set group of tools that they use regularly with a few specialty ones sprinkled in but primarily I utilize Windsor Series 7 brushes and Hunt 102 quills with PH Martin Hi-Carb Black Star Ink. For splatter effects and other texture techniques I use a toothbrush or other various materials to create the desired effect.
7. What element of your work gives you the most personal
Seeing my work published and in print is perhaps the most rewarding feeling I have as I can see the end product of all my hard work. The added bonus of having a fan bring me something I worked on to sign always puts a smile on my face.
8. What has been the most rewarding project in your professional career – in or out of comics – and why?
Getting to do a Lady Death cover with my long time friend and penciller Mike DeBalfo was very rewarding because of how devoted of a fan base that character has and hearing from Mike that it was perhaps some of my best work during the time we have spent working together.
9. We’ve all met very talented newcomers who are trying to get their first professional projects. What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard given to a promising new creator?
The best advice I think I have heard over the years was to finish whatever it was you were trying to accomplish in its entirety. Whether or not people liked it or not simply didn't matter because by finishing the work you not only proved that you had the fortitude to do it but that by doing so you also accomplished a personal goal in the process.
10. Time to get philosophical: What’s the most important “big idea” that you’ve learned in life – in or out of comics – and why is it important?
I think the ability to take criticism constructively and implement changes to not only yourself as a person but the work that you are doing to address those criticisms is probably the most important lesson that I have learned. In most cases that criticism and how you as an individual either embrace or push back against it says a lot about your character and how one chooses to improve upon themselves.