Q. When does reMIND update? How many times a week does reMINDblog update?
A. reMIND is now finished! So there will be no more updates to this site except for random blog announcements of upcoming project or convention appearances. Please head on over to www.Sithrah.com for my new graphic novel that started in January of 2014.
Q. Are you going to print reMIND?
A. Yes! I already printed 2500 copies of Volume 1 which have sold out and so I printed another 2500 copies of Vol 1 in early 2013 which sold out too. SOOOoooo I printed another 2000 copies in late 2013. Volume 2 was released in April of 2013 as well and completes the full story of reMIND. Join my mailing list to the right of you want to be informed of any new printings if it happens to be sold out when you read this. The mailing list is to the right.—->
Q. Wait, Volume 1 is only half of the story? I thought it was the whole story?
A. reMIND (vol 1) is only the first half of the complete story. Volume 2 finishes the story of reMIND. There will be no Volume 3.
Q. Did I miss my chance to buy a copy of reMIND?
A. Nope, I will do my best to keep reMIND in print from this point on. Join my mailing list if you want to be notified when new offers and translations are available.
Q. Can I get a copy of reMIND in my country? (Outside of the United States)
A. I will do my best to make reMIND available to anyone who is interested in buying it. I love my international readers! They are some of the most dedicated fans I have so I can’t let them down. Also, I now have a distributor who has warehouses in a few countries. I believe you will be able to purchase reMIND from Amazon in other countries now as well as most of the large bookstore chains around the world. If your local bookstore doesn’t have reMIND it wouldn’t hurt to ask them if they can order it for you. You might save a bunch on shipping.
Q. Are you going to release a digital download version of the book?
A. Yes, ComiXology sells reMIND digitally here.
Q. Who is your webhost? How did you make your website?
Q. Why did you name the main character Victuals?
A. Because I like that name.
Q. How do you pronounce Victuals?
A. Just like it’s pronounced in the dictionary.
Q. How did you come up with the story for reMIND?
A. It slowly developed since 1997 with many changes and variations. It started as a funny song.
Q. What is your process for writing?
A. I start by figuring out the purpose of my story. Then I make a bullet point list of my main plot points. Then I draw a bunch of scribbly thumbnails of key scenes that come to mind which usually steers the story in new directions. Then I write a treatment of the whole story, about a page for each chapter. Then it’s off to the drawing board.
Q. What is your drawing process?
A. I fill up a sketch book with thumbnails all drawn in ink. I like drawing my thumbnails in ink so I don’t get to caught up on details. I enlarge each thumbnail to fit on 8.5 x 11 paper and trace over it with tracing paper. I trace over it with ink as well. Usually just a ball point pen. Then I enlarge my tracings again but this time I print a panel or two on a 8.5 x 14 sheet of paper. Then I use a light table to trace my sketch into a finished pencil drawing. I use a mechanical pencil for all my finished art. I scan the finished pencils and compose the page is Photoshop.
Q. How do you do your coloring?
A. I painted a bunch of textures when I started with acrylic and gouache paints and scanned ‘em all. Now I hire a flatter to flat all my pages and then I use my painted textures in Photoshop to come up with the final coloring. For more detailed info, check out my coloring tutorials about my coloring process.
Q. How do you ink your pages?
A. I don’t ink anything. I just scan my pencil lines. Here is a tutorial on that too!
Q. Will you do a link exchange with me?
A. I don’t do link exchanges because I only link to comics I read. I feel that link exchanges for the sake of getting more links is kinda fake and people can see right though it. If you have some great looking art then send me an email and introduce yourself. Who knows, I might start blogging on and on about how awesome you are. Then, you wont need a link exchange. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to work anyway?
Q. Why did you decide to self-publish instead of looking for a publisher?
A. The exact moment I decided to self publish reMIND was when I won the Xeric grant in 2010. Before that, I didn’t know what to do. I had envisioned myself making a graphic novel and finding the best agent and getting it sent directly to Random House. But as time passed, I got frustrated with how little the publishers and agents (I wanted) seemed to care about me and my little project. I kinda got sick of waiting for someone else to say yes or no. So I submitted reMIND to the Xeric Foundation thinking if I won then my decision would be made for me. After all, money was the main thing holding me back from just self publishing in the first place.
Shortly after winning $5000 from the Xeric grant and and being committed to self publishing, I decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to try to get more money in order to print reMIND in the best possible quality I could. The Kickstarter campaign was a huge success raising $12,600. The second Kickstarter for Volume 2 raised over $107,000! Yeah, that was crazy. :)
The funny thing is, now publishers and agents are starting to come knocking.
Q. What do you do for a living?
A. I work for Dreamworks Animation as a visual development artist.
Q. Do you take commissions?
Q. Will you draw my comic?
A. No. If I could find any more free time in a day then I’d probably want to use it to sleep. Even if it’s a paid job I wouldn’t have time to do it because I already work full time in addition to working on my own projects at night.
Q. What are you going to be doing next?
A. Right now I am working on a new graphic novel called Sithrah! www.Sithrah.com