Ferguson’s 7 Questions With… GER HANKEY
After a week (or two) hiatus (thank you real life!), I give you seven questions with Ger Hankey.
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
The first published comic work I did was the first issue of Celtic Knights with Stephen Coffey back in 2008. Although I did have a picture published on the letters page of a Transformers comic about a year before that, if that counts.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
I learned a great deal about the do’s and don’ts of collaborating with other creators, and also about having more self-confidence in what I write as well as my artwork.
What’s your process for writing/drawing a comic book?
It varies a lot depending on whether I’m working with someone else or not. If I’m drawing somebody else’s script, I’ll have a read through a couple of times before doing rough thumbnails for approval on layouts. Once I’m doing the artwork itself I tend to have a lot of back and forth with the writer, suggesting things that might work differently or if something isn’t working as well as we thought it would. I tend to have the best ideas after I’m finished something!
If I have a story which will be spread over a length of time or a number of issues (for instance the Hybrid story which started in issue 3 of Short Sharp Shocks), I’ll write a story overview and a script and try to get some feedback on it before I get to the artwork. For shorter stories I would tend not to bother with a script as such, and just “write” the story as a set of thumbnails, kind of cutting out that step in the process.
On the artwork side, I first lay out the pages in blue pencils and generally ink straight over them (or pencils & inks if its a more complicated piece). Then its scanned, cleaned up (and coloured if I can’t get away without it) in Photoshop, and then lettered ready for printing.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
I’m a life-long fan of Transformers, particularly the comics, so they would be a huge influence on me. There are some great writers and artists working on that at the minute, including our own Nick Roche. I’m a big fan of Amanda Conner’s artwork too, she has a great, almost cartoon-y style and is fantastic at drawing facial expressions. I watch an unhealthy amount of TV and movies too, so I’m sure some of that has soaked in too. In fact, if you read the “Mighty Morgon” stories in Short Sharp Shocks, its pretty obviously influenced by the 60’s Batman TV show.
What are you working on right now?
I’ve just finished a strip for Issue 1 of Innocent Tales, written by Gavin McCumiskey, and I’m lined up to do another one for issue 3. I’m also doing a few bits & bobs for issue 4 of Short Sharp Shocks, which will be ready at some point in the future (hopefully). I have a couple of other comic-related things I can’t talk about just yet (but will soon), so I’ve a fairly busy schedule ahead.
What do you out now or coming out next?
Innocent Tales issue 1 has just been released (www.greenmonkeycomics.com), and I also did the cover for Issue 1 of Blackstar (www.abandonedcomics.com), which is currently at number 1 on iTunes! The first three issues of Short Sharp Shocks are also available in the Dublin comic shops and online at www.gerhankey.blogspot.com.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
Waterproof Watch. Its a lovely little story, and the cover art is just gorgeous.
Ger Hankey’s Blog gerhankey.blogspot.com
Ger Hankey on the Irish Comic Wiki irishcomics.wikia.com/