FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… FRANK J RIGHT
Up this time we have Frank J Right, co-creator of webcomic series Circles, with writer Mario Covone, and Celtic Clan, with writer Nigel Flood (the next issue of which will be launched at DICE at the end of September).
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
The first comic that I worked on that was published is Nigel Flood’s Celtic Clan. I remember when I started it there where no plans that I knew of for it to be published. Things kind of spiraled. I had no real comic experience before starting it to speak of. I had only drawn a few pieces for my own amusement so the Celtic Clan was a big learning curve.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
That everything matters. From layout to pencils, inks and colour. When you are working on an independent title you generally have to do all of the above and that takes a fair bit of work/time to learn. I’m still on a big learning curve but I think things are improving. Also one of the major things I’ve learned since then is to structure your time!
What’s your process for drawing a comic book?
I generally read through the script a couple of times then start doodling layout and images that come to mind in the margin. I’ll then rough up the layout of the script and try to make it as dynamic as possible. I usually email these roughs to the writer to get feedback and make sure they are happy with the direction. With each issue and title I work on I try and make it better than the last. Its the only way to keep it interesting and challenging. When the roughed up layout is done I will break the script down into roughly 5 page blocks and start the pencils on the first pages. With working on two titles I’ve had to be become more time savvy so working this way seems to make it manageable. When the pencils are done I’ll ink the pages up and on to colour and clean up. Then it’s off to the letterer. With the Celtic Clan when it comes back from the letterer I then bring it into Indesign to put it together for printing, do the credit pages and general layout and design work.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
Artist wise it’s between Steve Yeowell and Charles Burns. When I was a teenager Kevin O’ Neil was a big influence, especially his Nemesis and Marshal Law work. My favorite writer is probably Pat Mills, his work in 2000AD and Toxic has left a lasting impression on my brain.
What are you working on right now?
Currently I working on chapter 5 of Mario Covone’s Circles. Its a free monthly web comic that has just launched so its a fair bit of work to keep ahead so we don’t slip up and miss a month. I’m also about 10 pages into issue 3 of Celtic Clan which is progressing nicely.
What do you out now or coming out next?
Circles has just launched as of the 1st of September and that will have a new chapter out every month. At the end of September Issue 2 of the Celtic Clan will be launching at this years DICE. We have pushed the boat out on this issue and really tried to improve on the last. Personally I think it looks great and hope people enjoy it.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
I guess I can’t say the Celtic Clan!;) I quite like The Wren, Fish and Finn, Celtic Knights…. I will just end up naming them all! I think the Irish Comic scene is becoming very impressive so its very hard to choose.
The next issue of Celtic Clan will be launched 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