Hello and welcome to another comic update. We’ve got an extra-special one for you here, kicking off with a report from this year’s Edinburgh ComicCon.
I took a trip to the ‘con on Saturday to show Bust: issue #1 to many artists and writers such asAnd then Emily Was Gone’s John Lees, and James McCulloch and Janine Van Moosel – the ace team behind City of Lost Souls.
Here I am speaking with Doctor Who Magazine’s Dan McDaid (he loved it!)
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Chris’s amazing artwork went down an absolute storm, and the plot was praised for being dark and with a flawed anti-hero who had a different backstory, so it seems we really are onto something here folks.
I hope to showcase Bust’s first issue at other events throughout the year, and I’ll keep you well posted on when that’s happening.
Don’t forget, you can read all of Bust: issue #1 as each page is finished at www.bustcomic.com
For now, we thought we’d flip things around for a spell with a Q&A from Bust artist Chris O’Toole about why he got into art, his big influences and what he thinks of Bust’s second issue ‘Wasteland Ronin’ (because lord knows I do enough yammering on throughout these pages!)
Before we begin, I want to say once more that making Bust with Chris has been a total pleasure. He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve known and collaborated with, and he’s bloody talented too.
Take it away Chris!
Dave: Can you remember what got you into illustrating to begin with?
Chris: I’ve been drawing since I could ever hold a Crayola, but I suppose it helped growing up in the environment I did. My father is a huge nerd, so the house was stuffed full of sci-fi books with the most wonderful covers, American comics and even books on artists, which weren’t so commonplace back then (I’m old).
Dave: What/who would you say are your biggest influences?
Chris: 2000ad and Frank Frazetta. Frank Frazetta was one of the books my dad had bought, and his fantastic painting were a huge influence on me. They were full of action, excitement and strange far off places. 2000ad is still a huge influence. When I was a young chap I’d pore over the drawings of Brian Bolland, Mike McMahon, Brendan McCarthy and Ian Gibson. Nowadays I’m a huge fan of Henry Flint. That guy’s a machine.
Dave: What did you like about Bust that convinced you to get involved?
Chris: Well it was all about Dave for me (awww – Dave), his enthusiasm for the project was amazingly infectious, so I’d have to have been made of stone to not be carried away a little bit. Dave was also completely open to suggestions I made when reading the script and it’d always back weaved into the fabric of the story better than I ever could have imagined. He’s a rare talent and a lovely chap.
Dave Can you tease anything about Bust 2, and what your thoughts on the artistic tone so far?
Chris: It’s going to be a lot less wordy than Bust. You can think of Bust as the origin story, Bust 2 is going to be where shit gets mental. Hopefully I can tweak my art to match as I’m itching to try a slightly new direction. Don’t worry though, I can guarantee there will still be a fair amount of claret splashed about.
Dave: What are your favourite comics/graphic novels at the moment as far as art is concerned?
Chris: You can’t go wrong with 2000ad, five different artists an issue, there’s bound to be something your eyeballs fancy. My highlights at the moment are Leigh Gallagher who pulls off some amazingly detailed linework, Neil Googe who manages to make his work look like DreamWorks animation sprinkled magic dust all over it and Henry Flint whose retro styled art pulls together all his influences into a perfectly inspired lunacy befitting the legacy of 2000ad.
Thanks to Chris for taking the spotlight in this update, and stay tuned for new page updates soon. We love all of you guys!
-Dave and Chris