WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO COMICS?
Robert Curley, I’m the co owner of Sub-City in Dublin and Galway and Publisher with Atomic Diner and I also write some of my own comic titles.
WHAT COMIC ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Right now I’m working on a few different titles in different capacity’s. I’m writing League Of volunteers, Black Scorpion and over seeing some of my other creations such as Roisin Dubh and Jennifer Wilde.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
Creating new characters, working with talented artists and writers who share a similar vision and of course seeing the final work when it comes back from the printers
WHAT’S THE WORST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
I don’t see many negatives except maybe the time constraints due to outside factors.
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER COMICS?
I started reading comics at about the age of seven. I was introduced to American comics through a friend at school but I was reading the British weeklies before that but I don’t remember how I was introduced to them.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
At the moment the people I work with. I don’t think there is any point in looking to people you don’t know on a creative level for influence.
WHAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE DO YOU USE?
Keyboard, pen and paper, reference books and of course google and on occasion I try and bring my own brain on board.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?
At the moment League Of volunteers.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
To pay more detailed attention to what I do and not be in a rush to get to the finish line.
WHAT IS THE WORST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
To many to mention
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT IRISH COMIC SCENE?
I think its still in its infancy but is beginning to grow up a little. Both production and content are getting better very year. Its hard to comment on an entire scene its to varied to be good or bad across the board and variety and tastes will always dictate what people produce.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN IRISH COMIC IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I would like to see the industry expand to a more mainstream platform and by that I don’t mean the content but public awareness. I think over the next couple of years we will see a real industry in Ireland for comics and graphic novels and that will hopefully mean creators can make a living out of what they do.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN COMICS IN GENERAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I think the larger industry is making good progress. I would like to see more non super hero books though just to add some variety to the whole thing and bring in new people.
WHAT WAS THE LAST COMIC THAT MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU?
Different comics hit different buttons. I really enjoy reading pulp stories like Zorro and Hellboy that’s what excites me. I always look forward to any new work from Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine.
FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO START MAKING THEIR OWN COMICS? (And don’t say DON’T :) )
To believe in your own vision but be open to criticism from others. The main thing is to incorporate your work into your life and make it a long term project. Experience and time will hone your skill’s and bring you closer to what you want to achieve.
ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?
Robert Curley is co owner of the Sub-City comic stores and publisher with Atomic Diner comics. Current projects include League Of Volunteers, Roisin Dubh, Jennifer Wilde, Black Scorpion and Blood Rose.