QUICK QUESTIONS WITH Robert Carey
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO COMICS?
My name is Robert Carey, and I draw comics. I am also a Sketch Paddy.
WHAT COMIC ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Working on Red Ghost, a story about a Ninja hunting down mafia dudes in New York. And I am also working on a book called Band of Butchers, written by Dan Thompson. I have a web comic with my brother Stephen in the works.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
Telling a story. Loving what you do. Working with some amazing people.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
Some crazy mofo’s out there,and I seem to have found most of them.
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER COMICS?
First proper comic I remember owning was an Aliens comic, the first part of Labyrinth, illustrared by Kilian Plunkett. It blew me away. Then went on to X-Men, and havent sopped since.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
Geoff Darrow, Brian Hitch, Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Ottley, Yanick Paquette, Rafael Albuquerque. There are so many incredible artists who inspire me, too many to mention.
WHAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE DO YOU USE?
Mechanical pencil, comic art boards and a little photoshop when needed.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?
The Indifference Engine. Cy Dethans script was incredible, and I was honoured to have worked on it. It has been available for a while digitally, and will be released as a graphic novel very soon.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”
WHAT IS THE WORST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
“Try and get a job drawing comics.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT IRISH COMIC SCENE?
Its getting real good, so many cool people, working real hard. The Micks have done a lot to get some international recognition for irish artists.
WHAT WAS THE LAST COMIC THAT MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU?
Ultimate Spiderman, it reminded me that a comic can have it all, amazing art, great writing, great characters, and be fun. It wont redefine comics, but was a pleasure to read.
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 🙂 )
From an artists point of view, draw. Lots of drawing. And more drawing. And draw things that frighten you, if its perspective, draw a city scape. But push yourself.
ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?
I hope I am a long ways away from having final thoughts!!!!!
Robert Carey draws comics.He is also a Sketch Paddy. His art blog is http://theartofmansloth.blogspot.com/