What was your first zine about and when was it made?
I made my first zine in 2009. It was called The Tiny Comix, and it was a short 12 page book with three super-short gags. One was about the boredom that comes with not knowing what to do with yourself, one was about rabbits discussing the existence of god, and the last one was a surreal vignette about a girl in a room. It’s pretty silly. I’ve done three more issues of that book (so far!) since that time.
Describe your most recent zine.
The most recent zine I’ve made is called Brains for the Master. It’s about a man in very nice wingtips stealing the brain of some poor soul to bring to his master. It’s six pages long and is also pretty silly. It’s also in color! Holy crap! I’ve also recently done a few more issues of The Tiny Comix, in addition to a series of stream-of-consciousness books called The Not Comix, and a couple of collaborations with my friend and fellow nerd, writer James Mitchell. I’m also hoping to finish another issue of The Tiny Comix and a couple other zines before the Fest.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
As far as influences go, I’d have to say my biggest artistic influence is Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy for the uninitiated. His deep blacks, his sense of design, and the way he writes his stories are things I really connected with when I started taking drawing seriously and when I first began making comics. Another influence would probably be Paul Pope…I love his thick, sinewy, luscious brush strokes. Another influence would probably be my art teacher Marc Romano. He’s always pushing me to do better, to be better, and to want more, and he’s both critical and supportive of the work I do.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
When I’m not creating comix and zines and other whatnots, I’m usually either knee-deep in the Internet and its many message boards and social media sites, or I’m waist-deep in disassembled GI Joe parts. I customize GI Joe action figures to make them even cooler than they already were. The former is relatively harmless to my work and life, but the latter is really an unhealthy, though fun, obsession. Joes are expensive. 😛