This week I got to speak with KC of the podcast Everyone Dice. I began speaking with KC after reading their short comic Templar. Those of you who know me know that I love short and one-page comics. I thought Templar was an exciting read!
An Interview With KC
Aaron Iara: It is a pleasure to speak with you! Please tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
KC: It’s a pleasure to chat with you as well. My name’s KC. I’m a Canadian writer and sort of bounce around when it comes to my medium. I DM a D&D podcast known as Everyone Dice, but I also do a lot of writing in both fiction and comics.
AI: Welcome to Effective Nerd! I had a great time reading your short comic, Templar. What made you decide on comics as your preferred medium? Do you create art in other forms?
KC: I’ve always loved comics, ever since I was a young kid, but I didn’t really decide fully on comics as a career until much later in life. I’m not sure why, partly I guess I didn’t think I could make a career in it and partly due to a fear of failure. I do create in other forms, like I mentioned I DM a bi-weekly D&D podcast which is a ton of fun and lets me really flex my creativity.
AI: Fear of failure may be the most common reason why people do not pursue their dreams. Personally, it took me years to get past those feelings. Speaking of progression, what keeps you motivated to continue pushing forward with your art?
KC: Actually it’s a lot because of my friends and colleagues in this community. Seeing them making such great strides and such amazing art always inspires me to pick my pen up again and keep at it. Sort of a combination of competition but also wanting to put stuff out that stands beside these people I’ve grown to respect greatly.
AI: The independent comics community has been more than welcoming to me. I have not met such a great group of creators in my entire life.
What are your biggest obstacles when it comes to creating your work? How do you overcome them?
KC: My own motivation for sure. I work from home due to my disability, which is both a blessing and a curse. I have a lot more time to work on my creative endeavors than someone who works outside 6-8 hours a day, however I also am easily distracted by the internet and all the wonderful yet horrible things on it, lol.
AI: Distractions on the internet are one of my biggest problems as well. One moment I am writing an article. Five seconds later I am looking for the best can opener on Amazon.
What are some of your favorite current comic creators? What comics have you been reading?
KC: One of my favourite current comic creators, and one of the people who completely inspired me to start writing is Jeff Lemire. I think it’s something about the fact he’s Canadian that really kicked me in the pants. Brian K Vaughan is another of my favourites, the way he details stories is inspiring to me. Another favourite creator of mine is Vita Ayala whom I recently discovered this year but I’m just so smitten with her writing I’ll follow her on any title. Simon Spurrier is another of those writers I’ll follow anywhere. As for what comics I’m reading now that’s a long list lol, I’m currently catching up on Black Hammer, Locke & Key, and Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, also collecting Coda, Moth & Whisper, Die, The Freeze, Gideon Falls, and Isola.
AI: Lemire is one of my favorites as well! Sweet Tooth changed my life.
Navigating regular life while trying to make art is a difficult task. How do you balance your creative output with the rest of your responsibilities?
KC: Well as I mentioned earlier I am at home a lot more than most creators starting out which is a bit of a benefit when it comes to managing responsibilities. However since I do have agoraphobia it can make certain tasks more difficult, which is always something I factor in when I need to go out places.
AI: There are many sources of creative energy. Some wait for inspiration while others train their creative skills. There are endless strategies for approaching the creative process. How do you approach your own creativity?
KC: So I kind of do both when it comes to this. I always pick up the pen when inspiration strikes, because it doesn’t hit on a regular basis. However when I don’t have the inspiration to right I always try and dig down to find it, even if it’s only a scene or 2 that I’m inspired about I work to make myself inspired when inspiration hasn’t struck.
AI: Finding the motivation to get the work in can be one of the hardest things to do. It is something I struggle with.
What advice can you give to those who want to make their own comics?
KC: The standard answer is “just write,” which is true but also very vague. I think if you want to make your own comic you’ll have to be ready to lose money first; making small 3-5 page comics, printing them out to give away at a convention is a great way to network and get your colleagues to see what you can do. Another piece of advice I can give is be patient, because sometimes you’ll have to wait months for an opportunity to appear.
AI: Networking with mini comics is a great idea!
Do you have any other projects in the works that you would like to discuss?
KC: Actually yeah. I recently got accepted into an anthology project from Cloudscape Comics that will be coming out next year titled Life Finds a Way. It’s the first anthology project I’ve gotten accepted into and I’m working on it with a friend of mine which is making it EVEN MORE fun than it already was. We unfortunately don’t have much to talk about just yet since we’re in the very early stages of putting the anthology together, but definitely keep your eyes peeled next year!
AI: Where can our readers find you and your work?
KC: Well you can definitely find me on Twitter.I’m often there tweeting about comics, anime, video games, and about anything else that strikes my fancy. You can find the podcast I DM, Everyone Dice, on any of your podcast apps or our site. And if you’d like to pop by my blog where I occasionally post about stuff and have the sample of my first comic project The Templar up you can check out.