Interview with Ben Russell

Hello there, and welcome to! Could you start by telling us the name or names of everyone on your creative team?

My name is Ben Dewitt Russell.

Where are you from?

I’m from southern Maine, born and raised.

Share a little bit about yourself: childhood, education, family life, etc.

I am the eldest child with a younger brother and sister. Very independent family, we all kind of do our own thing, very different interests but they all sort of blend together well.

Tell us your latest news. What kind of projects do you have going on?

I am currently working on writing a short graphic novel with a working title of Father & Son. Can’t spill too many details but I can say it’s a very personal story about a secret government mercenary and his son who becomes a anti-government terrorist as a result of his up-bringing.

When and why did you begin writing/drawing?

Very, very young. I wrote my first comics probably at age 9, one about a boy and his dog, and another about a superhero I created called Blueboy.

What inspired you to start expressing yourself artistically?

It’s just how my brain has always worked. Drawing, painting, guitar, singing, etc have always been my outlet for as long as I can remember.

How has your style changed since you began?

Comics have always inspired me, so I sought out training specifically aimed at that as a career, so the Joe Kubert School really helped with that. Helped me focus on better and faster drawing, with a specific aim at sequentially telling a story through art. My style is always just shifting depending on how I’m feeling right then and there.

What do you find the most challenging and/or rewarding about writing/drawing?

Being original. The art is a little easier in this respect, as there’s always some sort of angle or shot that no one has tackled before, or that you feel you can do better, but writing is hard. Dialogue, especially.

How much of your work is based on reality, whether it was experiences or people you know/knew?

I’ve always had this sort of intuition of people, so that definitely comes in handy when writing, you always draw from experiences and that helps me personally think about how most people in general would react if they were thrown into the circumstances I put them in in my stories.

What have you learned while working on your latest project?

That it takes a lot of patience, especially when you are the entire creative team.

Do you have any advice for other writers/artists?

Writing – just focus on what real people would say, how they would react, stale dialogue always takes you out of a story no matter how beautiful the art is.

Do you have any links where we could find your work?

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