FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… MIKE LYNCH
For this edition of 7 questions we have Eagle award nominated writer, and upcoming DICE guest, Mike Lynch.
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
The first comic I worked on that got published was a one page strip for the zero issue of Aidan Courtney’s Rí-Rá comic. The strip was entitled The Beacon and it was drawn by John Cullen.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
There is a lot of things that I have learned since that first strip. I used to write mostly on short film scripts so to go from that kind of story telling where you have a bit more room to expand to a limited number of panels on a page to get your point across was a big challenge. Movie scripts and comic scripts are two completely different animals so there was a bit of a learning curve involved there.
What’s your process for writing a comic book?
For the Abandoned Comics books Martin usually comes to me with an idea he has for a story and we take it from there. We work on the plot and then I go away and start working on it. For my own stories I just start with an idea, figure out my plot and characters and then set to work creating the script.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
Everything really. I want to be able to tell as many different stories as I can. Everything from Superhero comics to dark Sci Fi so you have to get a taste of everything to be able to do that I think.
What are you working on right now?
I have a full plate at the minute. I have a few projects that I am working on at the minute that are all in different stages of development. I will soon be starting work on our next Abandoned Comics book entitled Rebels and Ronin which is an alternate history story. There are a few projects that I am looking for publishers for too.
What do you out now or coming out next?
BlackStar Book One is now out at the IBookstore. I have a story in Issue Two of Owen Watt’s The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel which is available now over on Comicsy. The first part of a new strip called Customs is now in Issue Three of Lightning Strike. Issue Two of Artos will launch at D.I.C.E at the end of September. I will have a story in the next Issue of Rí-Rá drawn by Dwayne Moloney and I will have a horror story in the next issue of the horror anthology Something Wicked. We also plan to have Issue One of Salvage out very soon too.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
I can only pick one? Tough one, I loved Phil Barrett’s BlackShapes. That was a great book. Phil is just a great storyteller. His pacing is brilliant.
Mike will be appearing at Dublin International Comics Expo, running September 28th and 29th in Dundrum. For more details on the convention, follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DICEInfo, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dublincomicexpo or on the Big Bang Comic’s website www.thebigbang.ie