Ferguson’s 7 Questions With… Mark Valdemar

This time on 7 Questions, we have a creator who has been plugging away on his creation for a couple of years now. Having three issues out is quite impressive. It’s 7 Questions With… Mark Valdemar

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

My first published work was my book called “The Liber Arcana”. I had self-published the comic in 2018, and it has since spawned two subsequent issues that were both self-published.  

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

First and foremost, The biggest thing I have learnt from creating and self-publishing are to have patience.

What is your process for drawing a comic book?

My process usually initiates through either inspiration or a concept that I wish to convey or capture. As for my artistic process, I did everything in traditional pencil and ink for years but have recently started to dabble with digital drawing. However, I still do all my roughs and pencil layouts traditionally.

What is the biggest influence on your work?

The works of James O’Barr, Kentaro Miura, Tim Vigil and Mike Mignola have all had such a profound influence on my work. I always have pieces of their work on hand for inspiration and educational purposes. Whenever I find myself stuck, I always resort to them.  Music plays a major role in my work also. Some of my ideas or themes have come from either song titles or the music itself. All these elements help me get lost in and aid me in producing my work.

What are you working on right now?

I have been busy promoting the third issue of “The Liber Arcana” and trying to get them in stores etc. I’ve also been working on the fourth issue whenever I find the time to do so. “There’s no rest for the wicked”, as they say.

What do you have out now or coming out next?

I self-published the third issue of my comic book, “The Liber Arcana”. I had also released the second issue just as we happened to enter lockdown, which on the bright side, awarded me time to begin work on the third that I released in January and is available now.

What is your favourite Irish comic?
There are a lot of great artists and writers in Ireland that deserve an honourable mention. But sadly, I can’t pick a favourite.