A PASSION FOR COMICS; A LIFE DEDICATED TO CRAFT.
I first began to draw at the age of two. My mom sat me down with some crayons and a huge stack of paper and hours later I tugged on her pant leg to ask for more paper. My dad began reading comic books to me before bedtime at the age of five, something about the medium completely captivated me and stole all my attention. It wasn't long after that I began to draw and staple together my own original comic books, so technically I suppose I could boast I've been making comics for three decades.
My first ever published comic was, The Plaid Avenger, which I co-created with John Boyer, a well known professor at Virginia Tech. John was looking for comic illustrations for his World Region's textbook, "The Plaid Avengers World," and we began making comics together. Over a few years we created three full issues in the series, each title was about different topical regional events happening in the world.
My Plaid Avenger days were highly enjoyable. It was a two-man show. John would narrate his vision of the comic and I would break down his ideas into a cohesive story form. Once we had the direction agreed upon in thumbnail form, I would pencil and ink the book write in temporary text blocking out the basic story. John would come in and do the final writing and I'd get finish the print-prep and send the book off to the printers. It was my first, start-to-finish, 4-color process printed comic book.
After three issues of the Plaid Avenger, I had aspirations to create my own series. My goal was to write a more realistic version of A.I.