Comic Creators Anonymous – David Robertson

Writer/artist David Robertson is another all-rounder who produces every aspect of his own titles and with his contributions to Treehouse and the likes of Dump already impressing, it’s a matter of time before I catch-up on more of his work.

What was the first title you worked on?

I’ve made comics forever but the first time I sent stuff “out there” in front of other people’s eyes was when I contributed to an amateur press anthology called Shiot Crock.

The work I started there became my story Berserkotron, which was then the first self-published comic I made.

How has your work changed since then?

That’s one for others to ultimately decide. I think the process of making comics has become more urgent for me. I am more likely to get an idea and then work on it to completion.

I do look at my older work and see a lot of things I would do differently now, but I only got to that stage by doing them in the first place.

Who are your main influences?

I’ll run off my usual list of favourite comics creators: Peter Bagge, Kyle Baker, Eddie Campbell, Robert Crumb, Mary Fleener, Dean Haspiel, Hernandez Bros, Jack Kirby, James Kochalka, Alan Moore, Lewis Trondheim, Jim Woodring, loads more.

What comics are you reading just now?

You’re in luck, I just had a wee comics shopping session. I got Gary Panter’s Dal Tokyo; I love his Jimbo comics and this looks fantastic. Terrific artwork depicting the science fiction landscape. I bought Spider-Man Annual 21, to see how they tackled the wedding. I was surprised that it’s a straighforward soap opera story with room for an Electro punch up at the start before the plot gets

going, and then a dream sequence so that a bunch of villains and the red and blue costume can appear. Jack Kirby Pencils and Inks is beautiful to look at, with the first issues of The Demon, Kamandi and OMAC. Mike Royer’s inks are so faithful to the pencils. Then I finally bought The Definitive Silver Surfer which came out from Panini about ten years ago. A good collection that; Kirby, John Buscema, Moebius, John Byrne, Marie Severin, Gene Colan.

What’s the best thing about creating comics?

You have creative control over all aspects of a comic. The plot, pacing, dialogue, character design, acting, colour, everything. You can do whatever you like.

Conversely, there is also value in collaborating with others, seeing what they bring to a comic.

What are you working on just now?

My story “Endless Love appears in the Love Bites anthology that was released at Glasgow Comic Con back in July.

I recently wrote two scripts for artists to draw to be included in my next collection. I am just about to begin work on a comic on the history of comics in Dundee. That’s taken up a lot of my time over the summer.

Where can we see you next?

Possibly The Lakes this year, as an attendee, not as an exhibitor this time around.

You can check out more on David’s titles over on the Fred Egg Comics website & Blog and you can catch up with him directly over on Facebook & Twitter.


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