Early on. Probably since the first grade. Now professionally, I have known that since my Junior year in High School.
How has the industry evolved over the years?
The advent of social media. It has evened the playing field giving the creators direct access to the fans. Also, there is more of a demand and response to the call for more diversity. Indie creators and smaller companies are really pushing the industry with new and exciting stories and some amazing art. We are also seeing more comic related properties on the big and small screen. It’s really a great time to be a fan and a number of opportunities for creators, but with the number of opportunities comes more competition and there is a lot of that these days.
What’s the craziest thing to happen at a signing?
Nothing. I wish I had something to tell you. I haven’t done a lot of signings, but give it time. Stories find opportunities to present themselves.
Who has been an influence in your art?
Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, Grey Williamson, Jose Garcia Lopez, Barry Windsor-Smith, Rick Leonardi, Arthur Adams, John Romita Jr., Paul Smith, Larry Stroman and Gil Ashby.
What’s next for you?
Solarman and Ajala. Those are my 2 focuses right now. Solarman is really doing well right now after its debut on July 6. We have been told comic stores like Jim Hanely’s Universe, Midtown Comics, Bullet Proof Comics and Forbidden Planet in NYC have either sold out, or, are near selling out. We are getting great reviews for the book, which is created and owned by David and Deborah Oliphant, written by Joe Illidge and Brendan Deneen, illustrated by yours truly, colored by Andrew Dalhouse, letters by Marshall Dillon and logo design and design by Richard Ems. A lot of things are happening and are going to happen with Solarman in the coming months.
Ajala: A Series of Adventures, winner of Glyph Awards for Best Female Character 2 years in a row and nominated for a third year, co-created by Robert Garrett and I. We have begun production on an Ajala graphic novel after the release of our Ajala Collected Edition, which collected the first 4 issues, was well received at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Comic Book Festival and Philadelphia’s ECBACC (East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention). The series revolves around a young teen in current day Harlem that is an agent in training within an organization sworn to protect, educate and uplift the community. We deal with history, culture, current day events, and a lot of action. There will even be more of that in the upcoming Ajala graphic novel. We are going to address some hard hitting issues a little more forth rightly with this graphic novel. Also a few conventions coming up, including M.E.C.C.A Con in Detroit on Sept. 17, New York Comic Convention in New York City in October and more could be added to list.
What social media do you use?
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Deviant Art
Describe being an artist in 5 words or less.
Wonderfully, challenging, rewarding, painful, exciting!