Welcome to another edition of Fill in the Blank. Here, which creators enlighten us with their thoughts on the comics industry through the medium of informal questionnaire. It’s a neat opportunity for our favorite artists and writers to share some very specific insights, news, and commentary about the wonderful (and sometimes weird) medium we all adore so dearly.
This time around, writer-artist Sina Grace offers up thoughts on why people read comics, the strengths of great editors, and his “heroes” in comics, among other topics. Grace is perhaps best known for Ghosted in L.A. with BOOM! Studios, as well as runs on Marvel’s Iceman, Li’l Depressed Boy (as the artist), Jem and the Holograms, and Super Dinosaur, among others.
For more form the series, check out the entry by Tonci Zonjic.
Without Amber Benson as a friend and moral compass, I wouldn’t be the creator and person I am today.
The worst advice I ever received was “study business in college!”
People read comic books because they’re super cool to look at.
Before I started in comics, I wish someone would have told me don’t get distracted and focus more on putting out your own stories.
The one thing I’m afraid to do with/in my work is tell people it’s good… I always get shy after publication.
If I were in charge of all comics, I’d transition to a manga publishing schedule, and include special/ high-end editions of certain books so you can capture higher revenue from the fans who want to have the ultra collectible thing.
A great editor will always question and collaborate with creators.
When in doubt, always watch someone else making art on Instagram.
The secret to creating great stories is to always keep challenging yourself, and pushing s--t out the door… it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
The one thing the industry needs to start doing again is swimsuit specials.
Visceral passion is the only thing you must have for truly great comic art.
The artist/writer I look up to most is constantly changing, because folks surprise me and let me down constantly.
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