3 Question Interview #13

With the True Believers 2018 Summer Variant Edition fast approaching, we bring back our smaller version (it's a smaller event after all) of our regular 5 Question Interview series by putting 3 (new-ish) Questions to Russell Olson...

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What do you love about reading comics? 

Comics are immersive and empathetic. It's like reading a novel, but the images are supplied...almost. In order to make them work, your mind animates the image and gives voice to the characters. The script may be laid out in a non-negotiable way, but you get to be the director. You decide how long to stay in each scene, and the dynamic of the character interactions and expressions. There's no other medium like that...and if there is, I have yet to see it.

What do you love about creating comics?

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Lots of things. I love how my work is an extension (albeit humble) of all the others who have come before. I love how those of us making comics in whatever capacity we can are keeping the flame burning. I love the magic behind bringing an idea out in pencils, and then the feel of ink on the page, and that first shock of wow when the form really takes shape with color and word. It's a craft and it's an art and I love every minute of it.

What do you love about comic cons?

People. I love meeting all kinds of people, who all have different reasons for coming together. Comics mean so many different things to so many different people and I love finding out what compels people to gather together to talk, read, buy, support, discover, appreciate and enjoy the medium. I've made some great friends, lifelong ones, from attending cons.

Thanks for taking part.

You can find more of Russell online at his website.

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