Indie Comics Underground had the chance to talk with the prolific artist behind so many crowdfunded comic book favorites, including Iron Sights, More Lethal, SOS, and so many more - Ibai Canales.
Note: This Interview was first published in ICU #8
How did you get started in comics?
The first memory I have of comics is of my dad giving me Spiderman floppies when I was a kid as a reward for being able to soldier through swimming lessons. So they've always been literally a rewarding experience for me.
You've done webcomics as well as print comics. What is the difference between working on those types of comics?
Webcomics force you to put as much interesting stuff in a single page as possible, since that's how much readers are going to be able to read until the next installment. With print comics, you can (and should) spread them thinner all over volume.
What tools/ software do you use in creating your pages?
Technical pens such as Microns mostly, and I've recently rediscovered Rapidographs. They're trickier to use but really rewarding when you master them. For digital, good ol' Photoshop!
Who would you say are some of your biggest artistic influences?
If I was forced to choose 3 at gunpoint, I'd say Kevin O'Neill, Moebius and Tim Bradstreet.
What advice would you give to aspiring comic book artists?
Don't try to make it perfect, make it cool. Keep drawing, each new piece will make you cringe a little less than the last one.
What does the future hold for you? Any plans to crowdfund your own comic?
I would totally love to! I'm also a writer and I have a couple of abandoned projects (spec scripts, novels) that I would love to translate into comic format. Maybe when the influx of paid work has dried up a little.
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