5 Question Interview #135

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to John Tucker...

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

Visitors to my table will find a charming selection of my self-published comics and zines, including my 2017 magnum opus “The Taxi” and a selection of my mini comics, including my most recent offering, “Hell”. I‘ll have a few prints and assorted bits and bobs too. I will also be doing custom illustrations all day, come and see me if you want me to draw you a tattoo or a vision of your own murder. 

What do you love about creating comics?

I think it’s a satisfyingly broad creative outlet, and a good way to scratch several itches at once; you control every piece of it. And the best thing is, unlike television shows or films, you don’t need anybody’s permission or money to make the damn things. If you’ve got an idea and the attention span to see it through, you can just will it into being. If I send a script to a TV company and they don’t like it, that’s that; if I make a comic and nobody likes it, too late suckers, it already exists. Way too late. I already won.

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

It’s definitely a labour-intensive pursuit, and when you’re thirty days deep into something, it can be difficult to reconnect with that original spark that spurred you on in the first place. It usually comes back when you’ve finished, though; when you get to see the finished product, hopefully you remember why it seemed like a good idea in the first place. 

What do you love about being at a comic con?

I’ll have to let you know, this will be my first con ever. Please be nice.

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

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I’m a big fan of lo-fi, outsider comics - KC Green’s now-defunct Gunshow was a big inspiration when I was starting out; it was perfectly weird and a lot of fun, and you never quite knew what you were going to get. I likely wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for KC Green. In a similar vein, Branson Reese is doing some great short form work on Twitter.

Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant is another favourite of mine; she draws people so simply but so perfectly, every single line means something. Her two collections, Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside Pops, and her autobiographical mini-comic, Ducks, had a huge impact on me. I learned a lot about the value of regional voice and pacing a comic from her.

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

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