What was the first comic work you did that was published?

In print? Vol. 1 of The Gathering which was the birth of GrayHaven comics. It had been my dream to work in comics for years but the ‘how’ kind of eluded me. I know there were self publishing options but at the time I was a poor Business student. One day my friend and later boss Andrew Goletz said ‘who wants to do an anthology for fun?’ so I said yes and got paired with Brent Peeples (who later went on to work for Image) to do ‘There Will Be Hope’ which was a post apocalyptic two page story about a guy looking for supplies to assist in the birth of his child. The volume did very well and so we did another and then another and well…the rest is history.

What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?

SO many things it’s unreal. Given I’m an editor now too you learn a lot by seeing what other people do (both good and bad). I think the thing I’ve learned the most is to say more with less. I love my wordy dialogue way too much and I’ve learned to curve that a LOT over the years.

What’s your process for writing/drawing a comic book?

I do a lot of planning in my mind before I start typing a script. I’ll be working on it in work, watching TV, talking with other people and such. It’ll just be boiling away. Certain panels, certain pieces of dialogue and then I sit down and draw it all together. Depending on the length of the script depends how long it takes me. A 4-5 page script I’ll knock out in a few hours, let it simmer a few days and then go back and look it over and then change what I don’t like and pass it on to an editor. A long script like 20 pages I’ll do about 5 pages a day and let it all simmer then read it over and then pass it on to an editor. I do most of the figuring out in my head before I start to type so when I do it doesn’t take me too long. I hope that makes sense!

What is the biggest influence on your work?

Ridiculous amounts of stuff. I’m a bit of a pop culture fanatic. I read novels and watch TV shows and movies and different ones inspire me in different ways. I wrote a series of articles for GrayHaven called ‘My Life As An Irish Fanboy’ which I talked about my influences across 16 articles so I could go on for hours. If anyone is interested you can read them here: http://www.grayhavencomics.com/category/my-life-as-an-irish-fanboy/page/2/ some of it is a bit outdated but the early ones covering my own influences is still pretty spot on.

What are you working on right now?

My mini series ‘Living With Death’ (which got a very favourable review on this very site!) and getting as much publicity about that as possible. It’s on hiatus at the moment but there’s stuff going on in the background I can’t talk about yet I’m very excited about. I’m also excited about my long burning one shot ‘Sparks’ which has been cooking for a while and is based on an idea I had 12 years ago. I’m also co-writing a mini-series with Erica Heflin called ‘Crime and Crowns’ which I think a lot of people will enjoy. I’m currently editing 4 things for GrayHaven and in our recent submissions I’m attached to 3 more so that’ll keep me busy. I’m looking to submit to a few stories myself which I’m looking forward to getting to and I’m also hoping to submit to Alterna’s sci-fi anthology. I’m also slow burning two ideas which will likely get more of my attention once Living With Death and Sparks have hit the runway.

What do you have out now or coming out next?

I just told you! Living With Death! Go buy it if you haven’t yet! http://www.grayhavencomics.com/comics/living-with-death-1/

What is your favourite Irish comic?

I’m really excited about ‘The Village’ by two very talented comic writers from Cork in James O’Callaghan and Sean Leonard. It’s going to blow a lot of people away I can promise you that.


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