6 Questions with Ryan Quackenbush

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First comic you remember reading: X-Men unlimited #1. It was also the art that stuck with me the most at that age.

Creators who have inspired you: I prefer illustrators the most, artists that extend their reach beyond comics. I admire Dave McKean, Sergio Toppi, Moebius, Al Williamson, Egon Schiele, Tolouse-Lautrec, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walter Sickert, Sam Kieth, Gustav Klimt, Alberto Breccia, Bob Peak, Bernie Fuchs, David Mack, Dino Battaglia, Phil Hale, and Jim Steranko.

Dream project: Any creator owned project as long as I believed in it. I would also love to work on Sandman, Judge Dredd, the Shadow, and continuing Strange Streets all the way into what I see planned for it.

Current Project: Right now, I’m finishing up the first issue to “Peony” written by Kara Uranga and continuing that until the story concludes, and then in the beginning stages of a very ambitious book, “Deprecated” written by Gren Radcliff.

Favorite Art tools: Various brushes, inks, charcoals, pastels and Photoshop for editing.

Anything special for ACME/Free Comic Book Day: ACME will be the first time I’m selling my first two issues of “Strange Streets.”

Where can people find you and your work online:  I can be found at www.ryanquackenbush.com and quackart.blogspot.com

6 Questions with Brian Miller!

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First comic you remember reading: I remember reading a mix of comics as a kid including Spider-Man, World’s Finest, Green Arrow & Black Canary, Fantastic Four, Micronauts, and more. The first series I remember actively collecting was Batman and the Outsiders by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo with colors by Adrienne Roy. I loved the concept that Batman was such a bad-ass that he essentially tells the Justice League to go #$@! themselves and starts his own superhero team. Batman plays by his own rules and I was really drawn to that as well as watching each of the Outsiders become heroes in their own right.

Creators who have inspired you: As a boy the comics where I noticed the color were always colored by Adrienne Roy. Her skills with warm and cool colors as well as her creativity were unrivaled in her own time. I’m fortunate enough to have chatted with her at length and purchased some original color guides from her several years ago at Comic-Con. We spoke about me interviewing her and sharing her history and experiences from yesterday with today’s colorists but unfortunately she passed away. Her work has influenced an entire generation and she will be missed.

I distinctly remember seeing an issue of Akira when I was younger and experiencing digital color for the first time. Flipping to the credits page and discovering Steve Oliff changed my life forever. I may not have realized it at the time but this is probably the moment when I started my journey toward coloring comics. I followed everything Steve and his studio, Olyoptics, colored and continue to be impressed by his work. I was fortunate enough to interview him for my second art-instruction book, Master Digital Color.

Dream Project: For me the dream project is never about working with any certain publisher or on any specific comic title. My dream projects are always about working with creators who I respect and admire. I’ve been fortunate enough over the years to meet and collaborate with many of my personal comic heroes like Dan Jurgens, Terry Moore, George Perez and many more. I don’t know what the future will hold but I hope to work with more creators who inspire me and who work hard to create great comic books. Regardless of the character or company those are always the dream projects and the ones that challenge me to grow as a creator.

Current Project: Right now in the studio we are coloring DC’s new weekly series Future’s End. It’s always a fun challenge to work on a project where 52 issues must come out over 52 weeks. The writers and artists involved are all incredible and seeing their ideas rapidly evolve as each issue is completed makes the hard work worthwhile. Future’s End shows us versions of our favorite DC characters dealing with events 5 years in the future. Some characters will be familiar while others have changed radically. Watching the events unfold and wondering if the heroes can save the word and themselves is very thrilling and I know fans are going to want to read every issue.

Favorite Art Tools: I use Adobe Photoshop for most of the comic book coloring I do and use a Wacom tablet connected to my Mac to paint colors directly into Photoshop. For painted book covers and pop-art posters I typically create the drawing and painting on the iPad using the Mobiüs Pro stylus. Once the illustration is completed I will export it from my iPad back to my Mac where I add the finishing touches and typography for the finished lithographs.

Anything special for ACME/Free Comic Book Day: Hi-Fi colored DC’s Future’s End #0 for Free Comic Book Day as well the SpongeBob Comic Snob story in United Plankton’s SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies 2014. I will also have a couple of new prints available including a 50th Anniversary GI Joe print and an art nouveau Harley Quinn print that will debut at ACME for FCBD.

Where can people find you and your work online: Fans can see samples of comics colored by Hi-Fi and learn about coloring comic books at hifidesign.com as well as on Facebook at facebook.com/HiFiColourDesign and twitter at @hificolor My personal pop-art propaganda posters can be found at oktopolis.com

Shannon Eric Denton, senior editor at Lion Forge Comics, is coming to ACME!

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Lion Forge Comics senior editor, veteran comic artist, writer and storyboard artist, Shannon Eric Denton will be at ACME doing portfolio reviews for up and coming artists! This is a fantastic opportunity to get your work critiqued and seen by an award winning editor! If you have ever wanted a job in comics or animation, this is an opportunity you can’t miss! Learn more about Shannon on our guest page, or visit his website!

 

6 Questions with Tony Parker

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First comic you remember reading: Original Star Wars comic, right after A New Hope came out.

Creators who have inspired you: Far too many, and yet there are so many more that I want to study.  Eisner, Alan Moore, Wally Wood, Frazetta, JG Jones, JH Williams III, Jim Lee, Kirby, Otomo, Masamuni Shirow, Frank Miller, Larry Hama, Cheeks Galloway, Lee Bermejo, Dave Gibbons, Ivan Reis, Sean Murphy, and so many more.
Dream Project:  I’ve worked on so many dream projects that I didn’t know were a dream until I was doing them, that my mind doesn’t even work that way any more.
Current Project: Unannounced from DC.  The project hasn’t been unannounced.  It’s not titled “Unannounced”, but that could be kinda cool.
Favorite Art Tools: ALL OF THEM.
Anything special for ACME/Free Comic Book Day:  We’ll all find out, won’t we.
Where can people find you and your work online:  Tony Parker Art facebook.com/tonyparkerarttwitter.com/tonyparkerart

6 Questions with Scott Kolins

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First comic you remember reading: Hulk 180, I believe with Wen-Di-Go and someone else…

Creators who have inspired you: Kirby, Ditko, Lee, Byrne, Miller, Windsor-Smith, Mignola, Golden, Giffen, Moore, and many many many more.
Dream Project: My own book to write, draw and color – fingers crossed by next year.
Current Project: Larfleeze #1-12, Teen Titans #30 and Action Comics #32 and something coming up for Dark Horse!
Favorite Art Tools: Pencil!

6 Questions with Hannah Nance Partlow

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First comic you remember reading: I think that would have to be Peanuts. I used to read all of the daily comics in my local newspaper (the Arizona Daily Star, at the time). Soon after that I moved on to Betty & Veronica, and from there it was all over – I was a legit Comic Book Reader.
Creators who have inspired you: There’s so many. Like really, just SO many… I find new artists to admire literally everyday. I draw a lot of influence from non-comic book artists; I think that’s really important for any creative-type. You can’t limit yourself to one industry or genre, or your work can get really stale. Lately I’m really in love with Tiffany Ford’s work, Matt Fraction, Cindy Suen, Mindy Kaling, Natasha Allegri, Chip Zdarsky, Meredith Gran, the Little Friends of Printmaking,…..
Dream Project: Being a cover artist for kid’s comics. I’ve done a few (including Adventure Time), but I’d love to make that a more regular thing.
Current Project: I’m working on a few projects as a colorist right now. I’ve got two all-ages comics in the works with Eric M. Esquivel (writer of LOKI: Ragnarok and Roll). One is being illustrated by our amazing friend Ian McGinty (artist of Adventure Time: Candy Capers), and the second is being drawn by Chris Haley, who makes Let’s Be Friends Again. I’m really amped about both projects, but for now they’re both unannounced so that’s about all I can say about them. :) Outside of comics, I’ve also been making lots of gifs with Giphy lately and I’ll be announcing more about that soon.
 
Favorite Art Tools: There’s a Sharpie brush pen they stopped making that I LOVE. I have to buy them in bulk when I find them, but they’re great for the display lettering that I do. Other than that, I bought my first Cintiq last year and I find that it makes coloring comics so much faster for me! I’m really digging it. I’ve been working digitally a lot lately for my commercial work, but I’m always a handmade-stuff kind of girl. I like pencils and paper, and I’ll always be a sucker for a good screen print.
 
Anything special for ACME/Free Comic Book Day: I will have something special in regards to Adventure Time: Candy Capers (the trade comes out 5/14), but I don’t want to give anything away just yet.
 
Where can people find you and your work online:
I’m at hannahmakeslotsofthings.com, aaaaaand I’ve got a Tumblr, and a Twitter, and a Facebook page, and an Instagram, of course. ♥

6 Questions with Kathryn Immonen!

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First comic you remember reading: It’s all a bit vague. As a very young kid, I read a couple of Andy Capp collections, which I didn’t understand at all, and Marty Links’ Emmy Lou, hundreds of times.  And then one year I started getting the Canadian Children’s Annual for Christmas. That was the first time I probably saw comic work that wasn’t strips. It was amazing. I think in 1980, they did a collection that was all comics and everybody showed up: Ian Carr, Ken Steacy. Bill Slavin. It was an incredible publication, “Hey kids! Here’s a massive book just for you with covers by  Toller Cranston!” What a freak out.

Creators who have inspired you: In comics? Carl Barks, for sure. I’m not sure comics, or any kind of story telling, gets any better than that. Jaime Hernandez, Kyle Baker,  Ann Nocenti (among so many others) have all been responsible for sea-change moments for me.
Dream Project: Whatever I’m currently working on, to be honest. I really think it’s the only way to work. You’ve got to fall in love with what’s in front of you.
Current Project: Amazing X-Men #7 and Russian Olive to Red King (with Stuart Immonen)
Favorite Art Tools: Samsung Book 9, Roget’s International Thesaurus Seventh Edition and a Rotring 800 .7mm. Two out of these three also function for self defense.
Where can people find you online: 
and twitter @KathrynImmonen

6 Questions with Stuart Immonen!

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First comic you remember reading: There are a couple of milestone comics I distincly remember, though I’m sure they are not the first comics I ever read. The earliest is probably Gold Key’s Uncle Scrooge #135, “The 24 Carat Moon” which I must have literally read hundreds of times. The first superhero comic I remember reading was Captain America Annual 3, which reprinted a bunch of Kirby-drawn Tales of Suspense stories. That was 1976, so I would have been nine—literally changed my life. Thanks Grandma!

Creators who have inspired you: John Byrne crafted almost all the seminal stories from my teen years, and he was able to effortlessly riff on dangling threads in older comics and create depth and personality in characters I came to care about profoundly. Ted McKeever, with his unique raw visual approach and wildly imaginative story concepts. Jaime Hernandez opened up a DIY Pandora’s Box for me, just as I was exiting my teens and wanting to find my own voice in comics… really the list could go on and on, and is certainly not limited to comics people.

Dream Project: Kathryn and I have a backlog of ideas, some in rough script form, that we are just trying to eke out the time to get to and then complete. Having to shoehorn them in between other jobs is tough; ideally, we’d be able to do our own projects full time.

Current Project: All-New X-Men and Russian Olive to Red King

Favorite Art Tools: I rely on Staedtler 2mm leads and a Stadtler Mars plastic white eraser daily, but I would not call these tools favourites. It is a constant challenge to get the line I want without breakage, fading or butchering the page. Digital tools have a different set of frustrations.

Where can people find you online:
www.immonen.ca
Twitter: @stuartimmonen

6 Questions with Jason Gonzalez

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First comic you remember reading: GI Joe #10. I got it off a spinner rack at a 7-11. I was always a fan of the Spider-man newspaper strips and love the detail and “Marvel House Style” look of them and, when I saw that there were whole comics with that art style, I freaked out. I just knew that comics were something that I was going to be into for a long time.

 
Creators who have inspired you: Comics – Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Milton Caniff, Alex Raymond, Darwyn Cooke. Animation – Ward Kimball, Ub Iwerks, Eyvind Earle, Ralph Bakshi Design – Saul Bass, Raymond Loewy, Massimo Vignelli
 
Dream Project: Amazing Spider-Man. I have a weird superstition about it too – I don’t draw Spider-man a lot, because I don’t want to do it until I do it for real.
 
Current Project: La Mano del Destino
 
Favorite Art Tools: Sanford Protouch II, HB lead, Canson bristol smooth and Adobe Illustrator 
 
Anything special for ACME/Free Comic Book Day: I am hoping to have exclusive prints done
Where can people find you and your work online: www.castleandkeypublications.com or www.jgonzodesigns.com

6 Questions with Michael Macropoulos

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First comic you remember reading: An issue of Marvel Two-In-One featuring Captain America and Paladin – sometime in the late Seventies. First comic I bought at a direct market store was Uncanny X Men #193.
Creators who have inspired you: Alex Toth, Jack Davis, Frank Miller, Frank Robbins, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Alan Moore, Frazetta, W Wood, Gene Colan, B Wrightson, K Otomo, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Mignola, Jaime Hernandez, Ditko, Keith Giffen, Moebius, J Buscems, J Kubert, Dave Sim, Mazzuchelli and M Caniff.
Dream Project: The Shadow, Flash Gordon, Star Wars, Dr Strange, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, New Gods – and of course my own stuff.
Current Project: Two big SECRET projects currently in development – announcements to come soon…
Favorite Art Tools: Utrecht Kolinsky brush #4, Liquitex India Ink and cold-press Bristol board.
Anything special for ACME/Free Comic Book Day: Yes! But I haven’t decided exactly what yet, so…
 
Where can people find you and your work online: I am bad at the interwebs, so Facebook is best until my ‘real’ website gets finished. https://www.facebook.com/MGM.skull