Ferguson’s 7 Questions With… Colm Griffin

I’m always impressed when I creator manages to follow up on an issue one and our next creator has not only managed that, he has managed to finish a 6 issue run (with the super-sized final part out soon). It’s 7 Questions With… Colm Griffin.

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

My first comic book work to be published was my creator owned series OceanCity.

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

The biggest thing I have learned and am still learning is: the real work starts after the book is finished and released. The Irish comic book scene is not easy to break into. It’s a very tight group. You have to really push the book and get it noticed to even make an impression. It can be tough but it is worth it. I am forever grateful to Rogue Comics Ireland for allowing me into the group because without them showing me the ropes, I would probably still be trying to break into comics.

What is your process for writing / drawing a comic book?

At this stage, I like to write and draw the stuff that I would have liked to have read growing up. So I start with an idea and, almost like a film, I take scenes or scenarios that I have in my head and build them into a bigger story, fleshing it out as I go. I may have already started the drawing at this stage, so it’s a matter of adjusting the writing or the art to fit in with where I am going. I have started to work with other writers lately and I really enjoy them sending me detailed scripts so I can just concentrate on the art. That takes a bit of the pressure off having to come up with everything myself. Plus, I think it keeps you honest/pushes your drawing skills and that’s never a bad thing. 

What is the biggest influence on your work?

Movies, music, TV & real life. I find a lot of the stuff I write will come from a funny story or situation that me or my friends were involved in growing up. Then I just frame it around whatever genre of book I am working on. So if you see it in one of my books. The chances are my friends and/or I probably did something similar. I just try and put a funny twist on it if I can. Also other artists. When I see other artists doing great work it’s really inspiring but also give me a kick up the back side to improve and push my own work. Even now, I’m the least talented comic artist in the Rogue crew and I use that as fuel to push me to get better. I think it’s important to use everything around you as an influence to grow and get better. 

What are you working on right now?

Right now I am finishing up work on an animated feature film set to be released in cinemas in the coming months. There are a couple of tv shows on the horizon that I am excited about and on the comic front. I just signed on to do a wrestling graphic novel.

What do you have out now or coming out next?

With COVID and lockdown, I didn’t really have a chance to release anything so there are a few things that I have ready to go. I am guessing that is the same for a lot of creators. So here are a few things to look out for over the next while. The final double issue for OceanCity is coming at DCC next month. At the end of this month, I have IDW’s Transformers Beast Wars 13. Beyond that I have finished work on a different wrestling graphic novel from Source Point Press. I pop up in a few anthologies here and there (Thank to the lads at Limit Break Comics) and I also have my new Action Comedy series called Jumpsuit Johnson which is already finished and ready to go later this year. So keep an eye for the trailer. Oh and so I don’t forget. I just released a short story Nova vs Cannonball which you can read on my site. I was lucky enough to get to work with Gillian Dempsey and Rob Jones on that project.

What is your favourite Irish comic?

It’s hard to say only one because there are so many great storytellers out there. So I’ll mention a few if that’s ok?! I really like The Broker by Wayne Talbot. Nazferatu from the fine folks Rogue Comics Ireland is fantastic. Lens by Gary Moloney and Raquel Kusiak is a really cool looking book. The lads at Limit Break Comics are putting out some really great and diverse books. Danny Earls has a new one coming called HellFire that I think is going to be a hit too.