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In-House Interview with Matt Grigsby

 

With less than a week to go until the digital release of the Other Worlds anthology on ComiXology (Sept 18), we sit down with artist Matt Grisby to talk about his time working on OW and the many exciting projects he has coming up.

387183_591493936400_1442806992_nAWBW: Tell us a little bit about your background? Did you always want to get into comic art, or did you start out in another field? If so, how did you make the transition to comics?

MATT: I think from an early age I always knew I wanted to do something artistic. My Dad used to run a construction business and I would always sit in the office and draw on reams of continuous paper with crayons and pencils, so I think the art gene has always been there. As I got older I started realizing how much I wanted to be a Marine Biologist, but that changed quickly when I realized it was mostly just testing PH levels of ocean water and not doing anything super fun or glamorous. In high school, my love of superheroes came rushing back in to my life, and I knew I had to get in to comics again. As a kid you mostly just looked at the drawings, but as I grew up and started maturing the stories became a big deal too. My best friends Stephanie and Jake told me about this comic shop up by Portland Community College (Sylvania) and we used to sneak away on our lunch breaks Junior and Senior year and go buy comics off of the dollar rack. There was a sweet woman who worked there named Karen, and she eventually left to open her own shop, Karen’s Comics, where I worked for 5+ years as the Wednesday morning shipment receiver. It wasn’t necessarily artistic, but Karen gave me the opportunity to study the retail side of comics for many years while I worked on comics projects. It was awesome.
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In-House Interview with Mike Lawrence

 

It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to describe Mike Lawrence as the most instrumental artist on the upcoming Other Worlds anthology. Not only did he provided the cover art for the collection, but he drew 3 of the interior stories. With the anthology now complete, Mike sets his sites on his latest project, Muddy Max, a “middle grade” graphic novel due out in Fall 2014 from AMP! Comics. Find out more in this week’s interview.

66988_1667248247551_5685760_nAWBW: Tell us a little bit about your background? Did you always want to get into comic art, or did you start out in another field?

Mike: I always wanted to be an illustrator of some sort, I studied printmaking in college because I wanted to illustrated books. Turns out, book illustration is REALLY rare these days. So, after rediscovering comics after a Sandman binge I turned to comics to tell stories visually.

AWBW: What were the first comics you ever read and/or which ones were the most influential to you growing up and becoming a creator yourself?

Mike: I can’t remember the first comic I read, but my best guess would be Spidey or the X-Men. I got to buy comics once a year as a kid before we went on our annual camping trip, and I have fond memories of reading & rereading my Marvel comics. As for biggest influence, I’d say I look to Scottie Young, Jeff Smith, and Frank Quitley for art. Gaiman, Moore (Alan and Terry), Ellis, and Snyder for writing that I wish I could do.
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In-House Interview with Terry Blas

 

Besides providing artwork for the Madrugada story in the upcoming Other Worlds anthology, Terry Blas has created his own webcomic, Briar Hollow, completed a guest run on  PVP, drawn a cover for Adventure Time, and produced his own podcast. Find out more in this week’s “in-house” interview.702537_10151522897706540_123784239_n

AWBW: Tell us a little bit about your background? Did you always want to get into comic art, or did you start out in another field?

Terry: I wanted to be an animator when I was a kid. I always loved telling stories and when I realized comics were the best way for me to get across what I wanted it all made sense. Comics became everything for me.

AWBW: What was it like working with Justin Zimmerman on these stories, and did you find it to be different than the other comic projects you’ve worked on?

Terry: I came to Other Worlds after Justin Zimmerman asked me to draw a story. Working with him was fantastic. He came to me with a great story and a clear script and was a collaborative approach.
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In-House Interview with Russell Brown

 

In this week’s “in-house” interview leading up to the release of the Other Worlds anthology, we speak with artist, Russell Brown.

neon meAWBW: Hi Russ, why don’t we start off by having you tell us a bit about yourself.

Russ: I’m a part-time freelance artist working in Emmett, Idaho. I’d been living and working in the Seattle area for ten or eleven years, and had relocated recently to be closer to my two daughters, who live just outside of Boise.

AWBW: And how about your art training? Did you always want to get into comics, or did you start out in another field?

I’d graduated from the Animation Art & Design program from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2003 and had been doing quite a lot of animation pre-production designs and storyboards.

I’d never regularly drawn comics art, but had been watching the emergence of guys like Jim Lee, Mark Silvestri and Jae Lee through the early Image Comics days. Honestly, I’d never really considering doing comics regularly until I was approached by Justin Zimmerman with the possibility of working on The Killing Jar.
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In-House Interview with Justin Zimmerman

In the first of a series of “in-house” interviews leading up to the release of the Other Worlds anthology, A Wave Blue World chats with Justin Zimmerman, creator and writer of the title.

justin_smallJustin is a nationally recognized writer, filmmaker and professor. He has taught in multiple colleges and programs and his production company, Bricker-Down Productions®, has been the recipient of many grants, film festival honors and awards.

AWBW: Your background is mostly in filmmaking, an area in which you’re still very much involved. Tell us a little bit about how you first started to transition into comics and why?
JZ:  My MFA is in Film, and I’ve been heavily invested in filmmaking for as long as I can remember, it’s true. But even that’s been incredibly diverse. From socially-oriented docs to narrative indies, from corporate work like teaching at four colleges and shooting for fortune 500 companies like Getty Images and Cisco Systems to writing a feature-length Stephen King adaptation, I’ve always tried to stay as malleable as possible with my creativity. Basically, I get bored easily…and I love to work. And I’ve always been fascinated by the scope, scale and autonomy of independent comics. So I decided to make some. Fortunately for me, I landed in the independent comic capital of the country, purely by luck, and was able to jump in with both feet. You can see a lot of this stuff on my website, www.brickerdown.com
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Other Worlds Anthology Debuts in September

postertest Other Worlds, the sci-fi/horror/experimental anthology from the mind of award-winning filmmaker and comic writer Justin Zimmerman,Other Worlds features the art of some of comicdom’s most unique up-and-coming talents, like Mike Lawrence, Grace Allison, Tym Godek, Russ Brown and many more. Enter the world of the unknown, with eleven stories filled with giant robot librarians, sentient bugs and even a young girl with a rocket backpack. Other Worlds - which GiantFireBreathingRobot.com calls “Ingenious” – will captivate your imagination and rekindle your sense of wonder.

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Poison the Cure Launches Digitally

Poison the Cure, the comic series Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Diaz, calls “cruel,” “hilarious,” “stunning,” and “beautiful” is now being released digitally by A Wave Blue World. Issue #1 is now free on the ComiXology platform and here on the AWBW site, with subsequent issues releasing monthly on ComiXology beginning with the issue #2 on May 8. The video trailer for the series can be seen on the AWBW site as well.

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New Site

logoWelcome to the new A Wave Blue World website. At this point, we’ve got most everything up and running, but there are still a few things we’re working on.
The idea is for us to be continuously adding new content anyway. We’ll be producing new videos and podcasts on a regular basis as well as adding new comic material that can be viewed on this site or downloaded digitally.
So have a look around, check back often, and if you wanted to stay in the loop, make sure to follow us on either facebook or twitter. The links are at the top of the page.

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