Grim Genesis Chapter 1 Pages 13 to 18

This week’s guest comic comes to us courtesy of a young artist from Chicago named Alexander Aghayere. For more of his work, visit him here: http://www.supremegrim.com/

Interview with Alexander Aghayere, Creator of GRIM GENESIS

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

My name is Alexander Aghayere.

Where are you all from?

I am from Aurora, IL— a small town about an hour away from Chicago.

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

I was raised in a very open and loving household with my older sister. My dad was originally born in NIgeria, where his household life as a child was practically “black” to my “white”. However, in contrast, my parents made it really important that me and my sister knew we were loved and more than that fully supported in whatever we loved. Unfortunately that didn’t stop me from being misunderstood early in my childhood especially in school. I had no sense of how others felt about me when I was young so as a result I never really understood myself. Art really saved me from that.

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

So, aside from my graphic novel, Grim Genesis, which is still in progress. Im also a fine artist working on building my portfolio for the gallery scene. I recently was invited to sell my work through Artbuys.net and artworldcollection.com, two prominent art publications, so that’s pretty cool.

When and why did you begin writing/drawing?

I fell in love with cartoons, like real love, when I was in junior high. I found the ability to create a whole world, a whole actual story extremely interesting. I also had been a fan of comics for some time so when the two loves collided in high school I found a voice and a reason/ muse to tell my own stories, whether it be through fine art, illustration, or most presently, Grim Genesis

What inspired you to start expressing yourself artistically?

Art really is a mirror. When we look at any image we don’t just see the art and the narrative and or feelings it holds, we also see ourselves by reflecting on our perceptions of artworks. It’s with that idealism that I found art to be my craft of expression, I loved seeing my feelings, raw and unfiltered. Art honestly showed me who I am.

How has your style changed since you began?

It’s strange when I think back, I really don’t think that I had a style through all of highschool and a lot of college as well. Grim Genesis truly came from the “heavens” solidified a perspective within my artwork that eventually turned into a style that I feel is really recognizable as my own.

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

I think the biggest challenge of creating anything is being able to balance creating something for yourself that is genuine and authentic for yourself only, instead of for others or commercial success. People can tell the difference, I feel. I know I can with my own artwork. Luckily I feel that writing and drawing is much more rewarding than it is negatively challenging. I love storytelling and I honestly think there is no better way to do that than through comic books and graphic novels.

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

When I think about it I feel that it’s about 50/50 between my own experiences and things i’ve either been inspired by or made up. Naturally, I think farther into that question and come to the conclusion that I don’t think that there is much of a difference. We are all connected, the ability to express emotional empathy is proof of this. I truly believe that my story is not really “my story” alone, there is only one story with multiple perspectives and billions of actors.

What have you learned while working on your latest project?

Going big is worth it, every time. When I started Grim Genesis I had nothing but nostalgia fueling my reasoning, I wanted to do something to help escape the close mindedness of college, subsequently, I brought to light a story that I feel has taught me how to survive, how to actively live.

Do you have any advice for other writers/artists?

Make. Keep making, for only you so others can get learn from your perspective. Also, don’t worry about making good looking art, that goal is overrated and is objectively impossible to achieve without giving up who you are.

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

Go to my website Supreme.Grim, and you can see all of my illustrations, fine art and other things.

Announcement of Hiatus

Hey everyone,

Well, as sad as it is for me to say this, REDemption is going on hiatus. The balance of work, life, and comic books is a tough one to maintain for any length of time, so Johnny and I have decided to take a break from it.

He will still be generating a PDF copy of issue #1, so this thing won’t be completely lifeless. Plus he has also volunteered to draw sketch art. This would be cool because then, instead of waiting years for us to get to some of the cool events that happen in the future, you can get a preview of it NOW.

In the meantime, I will continue to post the comics that have been sent to me as guest submissions. Thank you to all who took the time to contribute. Also, I will resume posting the “Origins of REDemption” series of blogs soon…most likely next week. I just couldn’t bring myself to write it today because this hiatus decision was reached this morning, and it kind of took the wind out of my sales. Just because it’s the choice that HAS to be made doesn’t mean it’s the one that will make you HAPPY, as I’m sure some of you know.

I will do what I can to keep REDemption in people’s minds so it doesn’t completely evaporate from memory. After all, someday I would like to find an artist to take up the mantle, as there’s still 99% of the story left to tell.

However, don’t feel you have to wait for me to post a call for artists. If you are a penciler/inker/letterer reading this, and you would like to pick up where the story left off, feel free to email me samples of your work:

redemptioncomic2016@gmail.com

While I may not make a firm offer of partnership to anyone right now, I want you to be confident in the fact that I will look at ALL submissions, and I will tell you if you have a chance of consideration in the future when I decide to pursue this endeavor again.

I’m proud of this story. It is still my magnum opus, and I don’t just mean in length. Even if the story had 10% of the page count it does, it would still be epic. I am also proud to say that, out of all the comments Johnny and I got, not one of them was negative.

Lastly, I am proud of the work Johnny did on this story. This issue #1 is 150% closer to the vision I had than the previous rendition. Thanks for your hard work and sacrifice, brother!

The ride isn’t over just yet, folks. I still have several weeks’ worth of guest comic submissions to post. Plus there is the “Origins of REDemption” and whatever sketch art Johnny sends. So don’t be too sad because this isn’t good bye just yet.

~~~~~Steve

Interview with Barry Linck, Creator of PHINEUS

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

Barry Linck: story, art, colors and design.

Where are you all from?

I’ve lived just outside of Pittsburgh, PA most of my life. Except when I went to Edinboro University.

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

I grew up in a lower middle class household with my mom, dad and two younger sisters. I went to Edinboro University of PA and graduated with a degrees in Animation and illustration in 1992. I’ve been working in the printing industry since graduation, while self publishing my comics.

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

As always, I am producing Phineus as an ongoing comic, going on 26 years, now. I also do a few other comics, on th side, such as Phines: Teen Wizard, Gil:The Walking Dead (or Vampires suck), Creephunter and Bastard Who. I also did and finished a comic strip with Brian Babyok called Weirdlings.

When and why did you begin writing/drawing?

I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. I’ve been doing comics since elementary school. In fact, the character in Phineus were created in their otiginal form, in high school.

What inspired you to start expressing yourself artistically?

Probably seeing movies like Jason and the Argonauts and Star Wars and wanting to do that, too. Plus, my grandfather was a photographer for the Steelers, so I’ve been around that always.

How has your style changed since you began?

Well, as a wise man Chuck Jones once said to me, every artist has has a certain number of bad drawings in them. The key is to get them all out early. Practice, practice, practice. I draw more deliberately, no matter what style. I am also trying, with every page, to better myself as a writer and an artist. I have more my own style, than aping my favorite artists like used to.

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

Drawing is hard. Writing is hard. Doing these well, or at least better to tell stories, create world’s and character and have readers makes me so happy. Plus, I am so blessed to get so much fan art and fan fiction. It makes it all worth it.

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

Well, my stuff takes place in our world, in the city in which I live, but it’s definitely not reality based. It’s It’s a urban horror/fantasy, that takes place in the present. My main character is loosely based on myself, I have other characters that are taken from friends and family, but it’s not a biography.

What have you learned while working on your latest project?

I have become a good writer, a better artist and have learned to never be satisfied with my art, to always strive to make it better.

Do you have any advice for other writers/artists? 

Basically, just do it. Make stuff. Even if you suck, make more, you’ll get better. Always be drawing. And if I never meet you, I’ll bust your balls about when your next thing is coming out. I am the artistic foot in the ass you never asked for, but we all need.

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

My main site, which links to all my projects is: http://www.phinmagic.net/phineus/

GUEST COMIC: Phineus Tales #1

Phineus is a 25+ year Modern Epic Graphic Novel in Webcomic form.

Phineus and his wife Sara combine firearms and fireballs to protect the people of Pittsburgh from the forces of Darkness!  Phineus is set in the modern word where magic, monsters and all manner of the paranormal exist. Phineus is a Mage and his wife Sara is an archaeologist and ex-superhero and they are in a  never ending battle against the darkness.

Tomorrow we will be posting the interview with creator Barry Linck. Mister Linck was kind enough to send us MORE than enough material, so I am going to start with Chapter One of his story. It is 23 pages long, so I will be splitting the chapter up throughout the week.

If you want to check out more of his stories, go here: http://www.phinmagic.net/phineus/