5 Question Interview #139

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With True Believers 2018 just weeks away, we put 5 Questions to Jimmy Furlong, Jay Martin & Chris Sides...

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

CHRIS: The greatest A-Team cosplay you’ve ever seen. Plus, copies of IMPOSSIBLE, DARK MATTER II and WHISPERING SANDS bundles, art prints - it’s all there, baby.

JIMMY: I will have copies of my first and currently only book SHIT FLINGERS: Bestiary #1. It does however come in three awesome flavours (*covers). I will also be shilling some luxury art prints.  

Jay: Yeah, people are going to need a fat wallet when they stop by. I have the Domeinion Novel and Graphic Novel, ALV #1 & #2 and Team Super #1 & (hopefully) #2. On top of that it’s the third con for the Ka Anthology. Also working on some new interesting Merch for me and the boys, so fun for all the family! 

What do you love about creating comics?

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C: The rockstar lifestyle (HA!). That and seeing something that was once an idea on a scrap of paper become this fully formed book that you’ve created with some amazingly talented people.

JF: What Chris said, the thrill of seeing something coalesce from nothing. The baton being passed on to the next stage of the process.

JM: It used to be the scariest part for me, but now it’s my favourite. Seeing someone else interpret my words is a real buzz.

JF: Unless you’re one of those rare beasts that does everything, it really is a team effort.

JM: For me it’s also the people that make it worthwhile. Made some genuine friends and the talent is unreal. Coming to cons and getting together with everyone never disappoints.

C: Agreed! 

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

C: Right this instant? Writing them, funnily enough. Think I’m going through a bout of ‘block’; plenty of ideas, not sure of which one to write.

JM: Same here. My head is a mess at the best of times, but with sixteen different stories banging about in there and when to do what, loads to do and most of the time I end up doing nothing!

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C: Exactly, with writing anything, there comes an investment of time, emotional input, research, everything that goes with it and sometimes, just sometimes, that can, for some reason, become overwhelming.

JF: Time. It’s the same for me the constant struggle to juggle work and home life. Limited time makes it increasingly difficult to find the time for creative endeavours.

JM: Also, the expense can be a nightmare. As a writer it becomes your project, you become responsible for everything, paying artists, colourists, letterer, printing, etc. It can be dear,too.

What do you love about being at a comic con (from either side of a table)? 

JM: Like I said before, for me it’s the people. Always a none stop laugh.

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C: The atmosphere, talking to potential new readers, taking to people that have read (and enjoyed, hopefully) your work, spending time with buds behind and in front of the table.

JF: Nothing beats hanging with friends and getting to talk to complete strangers about my silly stories. If I’m lucky I may even sell a couple of books.

JM: Yeah, what they said. There’s also the added bonus of getting to see Sidesy with his top off every now and again.

C: ... 

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

 JM: Well, after you have bought everything that Chris and Jimmy have on offer, go check out the Reckless Hero boys and pick up Last Sheriff and Operation Boom. Then there is the never not awesome Jon Laight, with Brethren Born and his new Late Knights book. And Perry Winkle by the awesome Susie Gander.

C: Agreed! The KA ANTHOLOGY by Jay Martin and friends and SHIT FLINGERS by Jimmy Furlong and friends.

JF: Hell yeah, those are some great books, right there. I’d add MERRICK: The Sensational Elephant Man by Tom Ward, VESSELS BY Dave Cook, COGNITION by Ken Reynolds and HEADLOPPPER by Andrew MacLean to the list.

You can find Jay online at his website, Jimmy on his Facebook Page and Chris on his website. And be sure to stop by their tables at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

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