FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… SJ MOLONEY
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
This is actually my first work to be properly published! Mind you, it took about 8 years to work up the planning and the nerve to get around to finally doing it.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
Be prepared to lose a lot of free time, if you want to keep to your planned comic release schedule! That’s the first thing I learned since releasing the first issue of Pantheon back in January.
What’s your process for writing/drawing a comic book?
Everything tends to come to me via daydreaming while travelling on some long distance thing, from being stuck on a bus for an hour to flying over a continent for several. Usually listening to various genres of music goes hand in hand with that, and I start generating the basic ideas, before stringing them all together in a rough script of sorts. Once I have the script, I fine tune any dialogue and then start thumbnailing on paper, then translating those thumbnails into digital pages.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
It’s a lot of things that I take in from across the board that culminates in things I draw and write, the music as mentioned for a start. Videogames and their various designs definitely influenced the look, and the rule of ‘Less is more’ regarding the use of colour. Certain games released from the 80s right up til the early 2000s tended to a limited palette and few intricate details for engine reasons, but lent themselves to iconic looks. I try to limit myself to get those stand out designs. As far as narrative goes, it’s a bit of a media pick n’ mix: a hint of this, a pinch of that, two tablespoons of this and so on into this great big cauldron of inspiration.
What are you working on right now?
Another Pantheon issue that’s due to appear, as well as planning prints for potential future con appearances.
What do you have out now or coming out next?
Friday 4th of July will herald the beginning of Pantheon’s 5th issue, and will update weekly for the month. Hope you’ll be sticking about for that!
What is your favourite Irish comic?
Finn & Fish, by Leeann Hamilton; Pantheon is a little like it in terms of taking a fresh look at myth and injecting it with a whole new approach, but Hamilton really has this fantastic and utterly unique sense of humour that makes F&F stand alone and proudly so. Truly the breath of life that Irish mythology desperately needs, fun and wisecracking to blow off the years of dust of playing everything painfully seriously.
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