5 Question Interview #122

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Grayham Puttock...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

Unfamiliar Skies, a sci-fi coming of age story. It follows Claris Muston, a 19 year old space age runaway, and her transformation from a reckless, impulsive, whirlwind of emotions to a strong, confident, and collected woman.

I'll also have Joe Cape with me, a superhero parody that mocks the tropes of the genre, entirely tongue-in-cheek! It's a lot of fun, especially for superhero fans who'll pick up on all the things that are being called out.

What do you love about creating comics?

Nothing beats holding that printed proof in your hand. Months of hard work, holed up drawing away, pays off with a massive buzz when the fruit of those labours is in your hands, printed to a professional standard, and ready to unleash on the world! 

The weird part is, that buzz never dulls. Even on your fifth or sixth book, it's still as strong a feeling, if not stronger, than the very first time. There's a good possibility I may have an addiction forming here...

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What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Getting the books out there, generating buzz and hype, drumming up excitement, etc. I like to think I'm great at creating comics, but I'm useless at marketing and self-promotion. I'm certainly no salesman either.

It's a very different skill set that I'm slowly learning. Other creators and the wider community are really helpful, supportive, and friendly, sharing what's worked for them, tips and tricks, that sort of thing.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Unexpectedly, the social element! I'm not usually good with people and I don't make friends easily, but the comics community - especially small press - feels like family. Even creators I'm meeting for the first time treat me like we've been friends for years! It's overwhelmingly inclusive and I love catching up with everyone, seeing their new releases, and grabbing a beer with them.

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

How long have we got? In terms of small press, the quality is astounding and people should definitely check out:

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- Perrywinkle (Susie Gander)

- NPC Tea (Sarah Millman)

- Tinpot Hobo (Jack Lawrence)

- The Chronicles of Gyzra (Sarah Childs)

- The Red Mask From Mars (Vince Hunt)

- The Kill Screen (Mike Garley and Josh Sherwell)

- Mephistos (Naniiebim)

In terms of mainstream comics:

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- Red Robin, Batman RIP era, post Final Crisis, pre New 52 (Christopher Yost, Marcus To)

- Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth (Dan Slott, Stefano Caselli)

- Superman/Batman - Public Enemies (Jeph Leob, Ed McGuinness)

- Batman: Hush (Jeph Leob, Jim Lee)

- Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine (Jason Aaron, Adam Kubert)

And finally, in terms of manga:

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- Bakuman (Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata)

- Dragon Ball (Akira Toriyama)

- Fullmetal Alchemist (Hiromu Arakawa)

- Negima! Magister Negi Magi (Ken Akamatsu)

- My Hero Academia (Kohei Horikoshi)

You can find Sam online at his website and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.