3 Question Interview #15

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 The Awesome Comics Podcast's Tony Esmond...

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What do you love about reading comics?

I think that a lot of people have that medium of choice. That delivery method that makes them happy and content and whilst I wouldn’t knock anyone else’s choices it’s clear to anyone with half a brain that comics is by far the best. It’s a combination of words and art that draws you in and then you realise that it takes both a logical and artistic brain to negotiate what is presented. You have to be capable of recognising often very simplistically drawn faces and objects and also be able to extrapolate the action that often happens between the panels. It’s both intellectual and instinctual. The medium of comics is one that can cover any subject. Anything you want from the dark spaces in a killer’s mind to a game of football to a romance in the school yard to a grand Galaxy spanning soap opera (and more than just that). I know that people say that all the time but it doesn’t stop it being true. It has a poetry of art and a beauty in words and vice versa. It is the one art form that will survive the fall back into the dark ages. We won’t have movies or digital streaming and people will happily murder each other than gather together in groups. But that one person will scrawl art again on a cave wall or the side of a bunker for the next traveller to see. That and I like it when people punch each other! I like that a lot!

What do you love about creating comics?

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I started reading comics as a kid some forty (cough) years ago and it wasn’t long before I was tracing pages and making my own stories up (mostly about Marvel Comics characters). It just continued. I had to give up on the attempts to be Kirby or Byrne due to a severe lack of talent and I eventually concentrated on the writing more. It’s different as a writer. You have to explore that visual imagination but you then have to communicate that in words. That dynamic is something that can really stretch you. Add to that the ideas you can come up with and the blast you get when an artist gets where you are coming from and takes them a step further makes it all worthwhile. I’ve become a busy boy recently and a day rarely goes by where I don’t get a new page or design through from an artist. That little spark of joy as I open a Dropbox link or look at a WhatsApp message makes the hair on the back of my old neck stick up! You know what? It’s all great. From coming up with an idea and scribbling it in a notebook to someone reading and enjoying it and every single moment in between!

What do you love about comic cons?

The best bit...... Hmm...... Shouting jokes at Vince and Dan? You couldn’t get two better table mates. We literally laugh from minute one of meeting up until the time I put Vince back on the bus home broken and groggy. It’s great for meeting girls too! (It’s not). Comic Cons have changed in my time of going. But I still enjoy meeting creators, looking at comics and BACK ISSUES!

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Thanks for taking part, what will people find at your table on the day?

Myself and Vince will be manning the Awesome Comics Pod table this time around. We’ll have issues 1 and 2 of our Awesome Comic anthology on the table for £3 each or £5 for both. We might also have a few saucy prints and badges available too. If you are a creator we’d also love to chat and maybe record something for the podcast.

See you on the 5th of August....Be afraid......

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