We put 5 Questions to Mark from WP Comics...
Q) What’s the secret origin story of WP Comics Ltd. and how did it all come together?
I am a writer and an Artist and during Christmas 2014 season I was working on a book and started tinkering with some artwork for it. I enjoyed what I was doing so much I wondered if anyone else would enjoy this as much as I do and be willing to help me create a company. After putting an ad in the paper for Artist and writers I was over come with responses....So began WP Comics. The name of the company is based on a book I was writing at the time called Wasteland Paradise. Over the past couple years now we learned a lot and basically spent that time learning with no real goal for any profit... But today our company has grown from those steps to what we are now. The quality of the work we publish and produce is second to none and we are fast becoming a well known name in the comic world. One of our comics last year was nominated for the Best British Comic Award.
Q) What inspires you to create?
That is a good question... I hate the word can't. I have always had a good imagination...and I have been writing since I was just a little guy. Artwork I got involved in through my fathers business recreating antique furniture. I learned to sculpt and carve and paint doing that. To say what inspires me... gosh I don't really know... My wife is my biggest inspiration and as she likes to call me an idea machine, because I never cease to come up with ideas for one thing or another. Story writing is just an idea you flesh out and see if it works and I have hundreds of story ideas on file that I have come up with...lol..and I still come up with more.
Q) Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?
The biggest highlights I can say I have experienced personally since founding WP Comics is working with people like Kim Roberts, John Murphy, Rusty Gilligan, and some of the other top end creators in this business. When we first started I worked with a lot of amateurs in the comic business. Through that we progressed with the thought that each book we produce will be better then the last one until we reach the standards we want to be at. Our standards are very high and that is what is attracting the kind people I previously mentioned and why we are now working with such an incredible array of comic people in the UK, the US and Europe.
Q) This is your first year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day?
Well Stuart we are a comic publishing and producing company...haha.. fans will find our comics at our tables and everything else we publish as well. Plus who knows... we may even have a surprise or two for the fans that come up and chat with us. We like to take care of our fans. For sure though fans can expect a lot of comic books.
Q) If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?
"I am the Batman!"
Thank you Mark.
And don't forget to stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".