QUICK QUESTIONS WITH Will Sliney
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO COMICS?
My name is Will Sliney, I have been a full-time comic book artist since 2008, I’m from Cork but over the last few years I’ve worked from allover the place. I got my first break in Comics with Rob Curleys Atomic Diner. Since then I have mainly worked on Farscape and Star Wars, with a couple of other projects that will be out in the near future.
WHAT COMIC ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Right now I’m designing a new Bounty Hunter for a Star Wars comic I am drawing, which makes me a very happy nerd.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
The ability to create full immersive universes on a small budget. The creativity in comics is can be limitless.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
For me there is none. People who make comics tend to love making comics. If I can do this for the rest of my life I will be a very happy man.
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER COMICS?
My interest in Saturday morning cartoons is what led me to comics. I loved the 90’s X-men and Spider-Man cartoons. Those are what hooked me. I then went onto read the Panini reprints of all the Marvel comics before finally finding a proper comic store.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
It changes regularly. Right now I’m really focusing on improving my linework by studying Dan Panosian and my use of blacks by looking at Marcos Mateu-Mestre’s work.
I guess you could sum it up like this over the years (kind of in the order I was into their work)
Joe Madureira, J. Scott Campbell, Jim Lee, Adam Hughes, Leinil Yu, Stuart Immonen, Walt Simonson
WHAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE DO YOU USE?
Im all digital. (Apart from a Moleskin where I do my thumbnails) I use a Cintiq 12wx and a PC laptop. I draw on Manga Studio and colour in photoshop.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?
It’s definitely my next project (unannounced, sorry) Its something I have written, drawn and coloured myself and is very Irish in its origin.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
Draw at least 5 hrs a day, every day. Its actually from a Jim Lee, Stan Lee, video. If you want to break into comics, this is the commitment you have to put in. Its funny how that seemed like such a huge task a few years back whereas nowadays I regular bang out days that are over 12 hrs of drawing.
WHAT IS THE WORST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
I cant think of any of hand. Its probobly something Declan Shalvey said knowing him.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT IRISH COMIC SCENE?
Its great. Look how far it has come in the last five years. I haven’t been in Ireland much over the last while so personally I only really know the guys over at the Eclectic Micks site. But its been great to see so many people pop up over the last few years.
Funnily enough, take a look at this
Myself and Dec tried to set up something similar to this site 5 years ago, back when it had no chance of flying. I think it was that idea which spawned the Micks blog, which personally for me has been great.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN IRISH COMIC IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Hmm, hard to say. The profile here is definitely raising. I see room here for another con to go along with 2D (which is great). I would like to see more Irish based stuff break into the American comic market.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN COMICS IN GENERAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I’m really looking forward to Digital taking off in the near future, its perfect for comics. I would like to see a subscription based service put into action firstly.
I really hope as well that a system comes into place that if you subscribe to pay full price for a digital comic that when its collected in a trade that you get it for free. For example. I know I am going to buy the first arc of the new DC superman, I pay 20euros upfront for it (the price of the trade) I get the digital releases on the day they come out, and then I am sent the Trade once its printed.
WHAT WAS THE LAST COMIC THAT MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU?
Hmm, story wise probably the Walking Dead, which I only recently read. Artwise, anything that is done by my favorite artists.
FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO START MAKING THEIR OWN COMICS? (And don’t say DON’T 🙂 )
Same advice from earlier. Work at least five hours a day on it.
Will Sliney is a comics artist from Cork. Starting in the small press, he drew the story “Sleepwalker”, written by Kieran Murphy, in FutureQuake #8, and Rob Curley’s 1950s superhero comic Atomic Rocket Group 66 in 2007. Beginning in 2009, he has drawn several comics spun off from the science fiction TV series Farscape for Boom! Studios, including the 4-part miniseries “Strange Detractors” (2009) and the ongoing series Farscape (2009-present), as well as covers for other series. On the web, he drew The Symptoms, written by Dave Hendrick, which came fourth on DC’s webcomic competition site Zuda in September 2009, and wrote and drew The Age of Heroes, a superhero comic which he serialised on his blog in January-February 2010. Beginning in April 2011, he drew the strip “Dug Out” for the UK Star Wars: The Clone Wars comic.
He is a member of the Eclectic Micks sketchblog. He was previously attached to Classical Comics’ forthcoming adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III, but this is now to be drawn by Rob Moran.