Q. Where are you from and what originally got you interested in sequential art?
A. I'm from Ozark, AL. I started making my own comics as early as age 5 or 6. Originally, I think I was just trying to emulate my older brother who was pretty talented himself, but I kept going well after he gave it up. Back then I read whatever I could find locally: Classic Spider-Man, Hulk, Batman, Superman, Ghost Rider, Mad Magazine and the Sunday funnies. My habit was encouraged by my folks. Anything that kept me occupied and willing to read was probably a good thing to them.
Q. What books (comic or otherwise) do you regularly read and why?
A. Lately, I've been reading Hellboy and BPRD, Scott Pilgrim, The Umbrella Academy, The Walking Dead, Y the Last Man, and a few others. I don't pick up much from Marvel or DC anymore, but I was really digging the Punisher for a while and Next Wave rocked my socks off. Outside of comics I do a lot of research and reading on the web, I read how-to books on anything from software to script writing, and sometimes I pick up ImagineFX magazine or something similar.
Q. Who are your major influences?
A. There are too many artists to name them all, but here's a few right off the top of my head: Jack Davis, Mort Drucker, Tom Richmond, Sebastian Kruger, Jeff Smith, Allan Davis, Mark Farmer, John Byrne, Stewart Immonen, Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo, Bruce Timm, Mike Wieringo, Dave Stewart, Paul Mounts, Goran Parlov, Ben Caldwell, Frank Cho, Bill Watterson, James Jean, Joe Bluhm, and Art Adams.
I'm also influenced by Disney's classic animated films and lots of the work coming out of Pixar and Dreamworks lately. This probably should have been in the previous answer, but I've recently collected and read around 20 "Art of" books from these companies. Learning the production process has really been eye opening.
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