Hi guys!Today’s interview is with the amazing Kevin Parham! I’ve known Kevin for several years now, and he’s an awesome guy to talk to. His coolness landed him on my ‘Super Awesomes’ list on Twitter so I can keep track of his updates. He’s an awesome guy to talk to and a great comic artist as well!
Thanks for joining us, Kevin!
Thank you for the opportunity Michael. It is the rare privilege for a webcomicker to be in the spotlight – to any degree.
So tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Kevin Parham, and I am the cartoonist/writer for ‘Another Comic Strip’. I fully concede that “writer” is a very subjective term in this case. I have been married for 14 years and and get to raise 3 awesome kids with my wife. And I mean that. They are awesome. Not like those kids that you have to say are adorable to avoid an argument. Just sayin’. I work in the field of power generation by day. I manage projects that build parts to keep your electricity running. But that’s boring…cartooning is where the party resides.
Great! So tell us about your comic!
‘Another Comic Strip’ began as a dare of sorts. As a child/teen, I was one of those frustrating kids for teachers – the ones who get caught doodling during math class. Most of my life was focused in painting. But even those paintings began with a sketch. I decided that it was time to get over my fear of digital art, and attempt something I had always wanted to do.
I love comics. I am awed by the inks and colors and felt intimidated by the thought of doing it myself. Inking is what separates comic art from the rest, and I am a color fanboy. My webcomic is really an evolutionary step in my time continuum. Typically, they are products of how I see the world – somewhat sarcastically, occasionally cynical and humorously different. There might be satire involved. They could just be for laughs. My favorite ones take very recognizable pieces of culture and spin them in an unexpected way.
What was the origin of the project? Was there any specific event that happened that made you want to create it?
Basically, I wanted to put something out there that made me laugh. Hopefully it is having a similar affect on others.
How did the style of your project comic come about? Are there any direct styles or inspirations you draw from?
From my point of view, the way in which I color my comics is a direct descendent of Impressionism. That was my bread and butter for so long. Color is as important, in my opinion, as the inks when considering the complete piece. Regarding my inking style, there is no escaping the influence of people like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Jim Lee and Brian Bolland. My comic style would probably be most akin to ‘The Far Side’ as far as how it reads. But it is definitely different and my own.
How do you come up with ideas for your comic? Is there any special way you approach the creative process of the comic?
Life. Kids. This world culture that continues to become more ridiculous by the day. I suppose they are just projections of my own observations, peppered with my odd ball perspective. I feel a little like Karl Pilkington in some ways. Maybe that’s why I like him so much.
Do you listen to music or watch tv when you work? Is there a specific tv show, music album, insert media that gets you in the zone?
There’s always a movie playing in the background. I’m talking movie’s that I’ve seen hundreds of times. Bad ones even. Jurassic Park: The Lost World? Throw it on the telly. I’m not even sure why I do it. It’s not like I’m actually watching it or paying attention?
How do you juggle your daily life with the comic? Are there ever any challenges?
It’s absolutely challenging. I try my best to leave the day job where it belongs, and to not allow my comics to take over the home. I don’t draw on Monday or Tuesday. Those evenings are off limits. When I do settle in, it’s usually until the wee hours. It is what it is. I do struggle with ideas though. I’m a procrastinator by nature, which only amplifies the dilemma sometimes.
Where do you see your comic in a year, in five?
I’ve never been good at answering this type of question. Seriously, I think it has derailed job interviews before. I know as an adult, I’m supposed to have the ability to think abstractly and consider the future when making decisions. I’m just not great at it. I am a very – typical even – fly by the seat personality. It drives my wife crazy, and I end up kicking myself a lot in retrospect. But I hope ‘Another Comic Strip’ is still out there. I want to also accomplish a children’s book with my wife, and maybe even a graphic novel. But who knows? What were we talking about?
What are your future plans for your comic?
The only concrete plan right now is to redesign the website and move it to Comic Easel. I would entertain syndication. Who wouldn’t (if they’re being honest)?
Make sure to catch Kevin at SC Comic Con on May 17 and 18 of this year!