INTERVIEW: Starfunk Comics
What’s the first comic you remember reading?
I'd have to say my first contact with a physical printed comic was with these Marvel promo comics, that had been made to give out on the Air Force base that I grew up on. Even before then, I had been surrounded with cartoons (mainly Batman) like every kid, and that's what really sparked this obsession with visual story telling and illustration!
How long have you been drawing?
For as long as I can remember. It's gotten to be just a part of who I am. I guess I really started to focus in high school when I should have been taking notes. Ever since then it's just been a journey of trying to develop my craft and find my voice, which sounds cliche, but I think about it everyday.
When did you first start working on Starfunk?
Well gotta give a big shout out to my collaborator and creator of Starfunk, Joe Nunnink! He first started work on it as his senior thesis film back at KCAI, and I'd always come distract him and see what he was working on. He was kind enough to let me paint him up a movie poster for the film when it debuted at the end of the semester! The short pilot episode and Joe went on to win an award at a film festival in Mexico City, so I bothered him until we started work our first issue of the comic book adventures. Joe mainly takes helm of the plot and dialogue, but he is also a great help in the story boarding stage. That leaves me with pencilling and inking the book! So yeah, we started last June and it's been weird ever since.
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What’s one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned since you started pursing a career in art?
I think the key word there is pursue. I've got a very long way to go, but I think the main thing you can do it just keep at it, whatever it is your into. It can be a bit overwhelming with the amount of content and fantastic artists out there, but just keeping my head down trying to get better is what keeps me going.
Who are some of your favorite artists (popular or upcoming)?
Jack Kirby really is the king and has inspired so many other illustrators. Bruce Timm created the best interpretation of Batman with his animated series in the 90s. But the guy that I've been most stoked on recently and have been following with great admiration is Kim Jung Gi, who is a Korean artist that is the master draftsman of our time. This guy just busts shit out when his brush pen touches paper and does these crazy live drawing sessions, so check him out.
Do you have any projects in the works we should look out for?
Starfunk issue #4 is in production now and will be out in April! We will also be attending Planet Comic Con at Bartle Hall this year so come check out our table and buy some books!!