Happy Friday! This week we are talking to comic creator and filmmaker Andre Owens. I hope you enjoy our conversation!
An Interview With Andre Owens
Aaron Iara: Thank you for taking the time to speak to me this week. Please tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
Andre Owens: My name is Andre Owens and I’m a comic book and Screenwriter living in Los Angeles. I started off in the film business, and spent most of my career working as a Director of Photography shooting music videos, commercials, low budget feature films and even Porn.
I’ve always written comics and stories and transitioned from shooting film to writing in the late 90’s. I published my first book, Force Galaxia #1 in 2006. Since then I’ve published several other books and have appeared on multiple panels at Comic Cons around the country.
Aaron Iara: It is nice to meet you! I loved reading The Bovine League. Could you give the readers a synopsis of the story?
Andre Owens: The Bovine League are genetically altered super-powered Cows from Switzerland on future Earth. Each Cow represents different Cantons in the so-called Swiss Protectorate. Issue #0 introduces the universe of the cows. The first story arc will be six issues long and deals with The Bovine League pursuing the stolen Cosmic Udder and the Four Teats of Matter from the mad Bull, Nandi.
Aaron Iara: And I thought cows couldn’t get any cooler. What made you land on comics your preferred medium?
Andre Owens: I work in both Film and Comics as a writer. I’ve read comics since I was a little boy and have a life long love for the medium. It allows me to tell stories quickly that would take large sums of money to produce as film or animation. That’s not to say that I’m not interested in having my IP’s turned into films or TV shows.
Andre Owens: My writing process is pretty simple. I wake up and write for 4 hours. Then I go about my day, and after marinating on my ideas, I sit back down and write for 4 more hours late at night.
Aaron Iara: Making comics often requires collaboration with others. How do foster relationships and approach the collaboration process?
Andre Owens: I’ve been working with artists from all over the world since 1999. The main thing to maintaining good relationships is paying the artists on time and a fair rate. As far as collaboration goes, I like to give my artists a complete script and then together we break it down into chunks.
Aaron Iara: What are your biggest obstacles when it comes to making art? How do you overcome them?
Andre Owens: This is an easy one. Its finances. That’s the main obstacle to creating indie comics, indie films, or indie Theatre. We now have Crowd Funding which is pretty ubiquitous at this point, but it really does level the playing field and helps in overcoming financial problems.
Aaron Iara: Financial challenges are the most common answer to that question. I think that part of it is due to the internet decreasing the importance of geographic boundaries. While this gives us access to millions of great creators, it also makes every activity saturated with people.
Speaking of millions of creators, I love the small and close-knit aspects of independent art communities. How do you feel about the indie comics community?
Andre Owens: I love the Indie Comics scene. In fact, I only read indie comics. Its been over a decade since I’ve read Marvel or DC. The community is really supportive of each other. There are rivalries of course, but I tend to see Indies supporting Indies.
Aaron Iara: Support is what it is all about! Along those lines, what advice can you give for people who want to start making comics?
Andre Owens: Outline. Outline. Outline. And dont try and reinvent the wheel. Tell a simple story well. Take girl meets girl. Girl loses girl. Girl gets girl. A very simple framework that can be told across every genre, from romance to Sci Fi. And be kind to your artists.
Aaron Iara: Do you have any upcoming projects or events you would like to discuss?
Andre Owens: Yes, debuting this month from Hiro Unlimited will be The Milky Way Defense Marines #1 and Force Galaxia #3. Both will be available at The Afrofuturism Lounge at SDCC next week.
Aaron Iara: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me this week! Please tell the readers where we can find your work.
Andre Owens: You can find Force Galaxia #1-3, The Bovine League #0, The Milky Way Defense Marines #1, and The Stoned Age #1 all at Hiro Unlimited.