QUICK QUESTIONS WITH John McCrea
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO COMICS?
My name’s John McCrea and I’ve been drawing comics for 23 years as a professional.
WHAT COMIC ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Warpaint for the soon to be launched new UK anthology Strip Magazine.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
When the pictures just flow off the pencil.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
Deadlines- however, they are also one of the best things too, as no one would get any comics drawn without them- and some of my best work was drawn under extreme deadline pressure.
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER COMICS?
Mum and Dad bought me Avengers # 5 when I was 4 years old- that was it- career mapped out!
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
WHAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE DO YOU USE?
Pencil (2H) , rubber, Zig scroll and brush for inking and photoshop.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?
I suppose it has to be my run on Hitman with Garth Ennis, but there is a lot to chose from.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
Keep to your deadlines and don’t have sex with your editors.
WHAT IS THE WORST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT IRISH COMIC SCENE?
Doing well, as far as I can tell
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN IRISH COMIC IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Cheaper comics for kids ( without toys on the front ) getting into real shops ( spinner racks!) so that we will have a new generation of readers.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN COMICS IN GENERAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
WHAT WAS THE LAST COMIC THAT MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU?
Chester Square by Jaime Hernandez
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 🙂 )
Draw what you want and not what you think everyone else wants.
ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?
There are no shortcuts to breaking in to the industry, just drawing lots, getting your work seen and listening to the advice of the people who are already in.
John McCrea is a respected illustrator working in the comic books field which has seen him draw for many of the major Western publishers including the big two: Marvel and DC Comics. He has illustrated iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Hulk, Spider Man, Daredevil, Wolverine, Star Wars, Judge Dredd and the Simpsons amongst others. In addition, he works as an illustrator in book, record and magazine publishing and undertakes design and story boarding work for multimedia and the entertainment industry including being a Lucasfilm accredited artist.
John teaches in schools and colleges and is the lead facilitator in comic art for Hi8us, a sister company to Maverick Television. He works with charitable organisations and local authorities producing comics spotlighting issues such as children’s rights, drug abuse, homelessness, safe sex and proper foot care!
Recent projects include drawing two Boys mini-series for Dynamite, Spiderman and assorted Marvel heroes for Panini, concept designs for a Marvel Superhero Theme Park in India for Merlin Entertainment, and new media animation for the Mougins Museum of Classical Art in France and the Imperial War Museum in London.