5 Question Interview #133

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Steve Tanner...

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

I'll be bringing my ongoing adventure anthology series Flintlock which is set entirely in the 18th Century, the recently released Ragamuffins book that's all about a strange group of individuals who repair time, as well as some other gems of the Time Bomb crown.  

What do you love about creating comics?

For me it's about the collaboration, it's great working with talented creators to see stories come to life.  The delight at receiving the latest layouts, pencils or finished pages into the email inbox never gets old, and the artists always - always - translate my script better than I ever would have thought.  Comics are a unique storytelling medium, there's nothing else quite like them, and it's been incredibly rewarding to be part of the comics community for the last decade or so.  

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

Well, at the indie level it has to be getting the comics you create out into the wide world so people can read and hopefully enjoy them.   I think creating a comic is the easy part - the difficult bit is the distribution.  These days I tackle that by using Kickstarter as a pre-order platform and taking advantage of the plethora of comics and pop culture events that now take place across the country, as well having a digital presence on Comixology, DriveThru and the quite wonderful Comichaus.  It seems to work for me, but that presents another challenge: maintaining the fine balance between the time needed to book, prepare and attend shows and the creative time needed to create the comics I want to sell at those shows.  

What do you love about being at a comic con?

It has to be the people you meet.  I've made some great friends over the years who I've met at cons, both fellow creators and comics readers who regularly attend events themselves.  There's always something wonderful about collective passions, and the comic con experience is a true realisation of that.  It's not about all liking exactly the same thing - where's the fun in that? - but that sense of being with people who understand you, your interests and the enjoyment and excitement that brings.  It's great having people come and tell you they enjoyed a comic you produced (or for that matter being comfortable to let you know why they didn't) as having that face to face immediacy of feedback is golden. What's also been a regular buzz over the years is meeting someone interested in creating comics themselves, and being so inspired by what they see that they start getting their own work out there too and making that shift from attendee to creator.  Seeing that is always brilliant!

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

Comics I have gotten excited about this year include Ghost Island by Joseph Oliviera, Sarah Millman's NPC Tea and Cognition by Ken Reynolds but must-reads would also include anything from Accent UK, who produce consistently readable and entertaining comics.  I'd also give a shout-out to Jimmy Furlong's Shit Flingers anthology which deserves much more attention as it really is quite wonderful.  I could reel off twenty or thirty more quite easily - all from the UK indie stable and all brilliant examples of what great comics are being created these days.

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You can find Steve online at his website and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

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