Κυριακή, 27 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Helenistic Mysteries Web-comic! Meet the creators! Part 2

Searching trough the vast highways of Internet, I came upon an interesting finding... It's a wonderful web-comic called Helenistic Mysteries, updated every Wednesday and you can find it here http://www.sunday-superheroes.com/HM001.html

Comics in Greece talked to the people behind this beautiful project and we 're happy to present you their interview! Here's part 2, where you have the chance to meet the writer, Bradley Potts!

1.  Why have you decided to use the theme of Greek mythology for your web-comic?

In a way, this was all inspired by the Bible miniseries that ran last spring.  Watching that, I started thinking of doing something similar comics wise.  I did not, however, want to turn my website into a Christian evangelism site, so I started thinking about other alternative stories.  Greek myth was something I was familiar with and seemed the most promising choice.
When Mark approached me looking for a writer, we discussed a number of different options of what sort of comic to do.  Of the various ideas we entertained, the Greek Mythological stories interested him the most.

2. For how long do you plan to continue your story?

I’m open to a long run, but I consider this Mark’s project.  Even though I’m writing and publishing, Mark initiated this and has the largest time commitment.  As long as he’s willing to keep drawing, I’ll make sure he has a story to draw.

3. From where do you draw your inspiration? Is there a writer in the comics industry that you admire? Any influences?

My gateway into comics was the X-Men of Chris Claremont.  My writing though is more influenced by writers like Tom Clancy, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tolkien.
As for my comics, they are heavily inspired in pacing by the Marvel Silver Age, though obviously with more current stories.  I guess you could say Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  Moreso Jack Kirby given the Marvel style scripts were little more than rough outlines that Kirby build the stories around.  I like a complete story in each issue, with longer story arcs over several issues.

4.  What is your goal? Do you want someday to crowd fund your project? Do you want to see it published by a big company?

I love the creative, writing process.  For the short term, I just want to get my stories out there and so far, self publishing has proven to be the most effective way for me to do that.  Longer term, it would be great if the webcomics could become self sustaining or even profitable.
Crowd funding is definitely a possibility down the road.
Doing comic art is a huge time commitment.  By deciding to do this, Mark is looking at 20 or 24 hours of work a week, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, just to get a page out.  With crowd funding there are a number of options, from paying Mark for his time, to bringing additional artists on to take on some of that load.
Crowd funding is heavily dependent on an existing social network and fan base.  A lot of my work, beyond coordinating artists and maintaining the site is to build that audience.  Interviews like this are part of that process.

5.  Do you attend conventions? If so, describe us your feelings about it.

I try to attend conventions as much as I can.  It’s an audience builder, once again.  Sunday-Superheroes.com and Helenistic Mysteries remain very young projects, just nine months for the site and six weeks for Helenistic Mysteries.  With that in mind, we’re still building an audience and getting our name out there.
This past year, I have attended Project Comic Con and WizardWorld St Louis, both St Louis local conventions.  Sales didn’t cover table fees at either convention, but both were successful in bringing in traffic to the website and making some new contacts in the industry.
Another benefit of the conventions is meeting other industry people.  You can find artists, share best practices, and make friends, friends who may support that future crowd funding project.  Definitely worth it for anyone in the industry or trying to get into the industry to attend conventions.
I’m trying to get a table at the Gateway Mid-America Toy Show in February and already have a spot at April’s WizardWorld St Louis and looking at Kansas City in August.

6. Have you visited Greece? If you haven’t, is it in your plans?

I’d love to visit Greece.  The classic world intrigues me immensely, though my past foreign travel has been confined to eastern and northern Europe, Britain, France, and Germany.
My education has been in archaeology.  I studied the ancient world: Rome, Eqypt, Byzantium.  A foreign language was required and I chose Ancient Greek.  I spent a semester working through the story of a farmer and his family as they attended a festival on the Athenian Acropolis.  We read the stories of the Minotaur, Cyclops, and the Battle of the 300.
That was a good primer for Helenistic Mysteries.  The last several months, I’ve been reading many of the ancient stories.  Each polis had different gods and different stories, and they changed over time, so there is no “right” Greek mythos.






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