Nrama: Going back a little bit, what’s your background? Tell us a little bit about yourself, how you got to this point.
Warlick: My professional background is in interactive design but I?ve been drawing since I was a little kid. In 4th grade I discovered comics and I?ve been hooked ever since. When I graduated I took an apprenticeship with a web design firm and eventually moved up to the position of interactive designer and then art director. The past few years I?ve freelanced doing interactive art direction and illustration work.
Nrama: In terms of organizing the event, was there an overall structure to who you teamed up with? Or are you hearing from people who published who you had never spoken with before?
Warlick: The main ICBW team is Vinh-Luan Luu, Jake Ekiss, Paul Milligan and myself; It?s basically our Space-Gun Studios entity minus Evan Bryce. We?ve been responsible for putting together the website and organizing the blog, but have had a lot of help from creators and retailers in spreading the word and helping the event take off.
Karen O’Brien from Comics Buyer’s Guide interviews me about Indy Comic Book Week and Senryu. Click the pick to check out “The O’Brien Factor” on page 12 of the April 2010 CBG.
Diamond Comic Distributors announced that no new comics would be delivered Dec. 30, 2009, an enterprising idea was hatched by Space Gun Studios (a Dallas/Ft. Worth?based studio featuring members Evan Bryce, Jake Ekiss, Vinh-Luan Luu, and Matthew Warlick) to use the week to celebrate independent comics. The initiative caught on across the country, as the idea spread via the Internet, and comics shops and creators joined in to put on events. I spoke with co-founder Matthew Warlick about Indy Comic Book Week. CBG: How did you come to co-create Indy Comic Book Week?
Warlick: We (Space-Gun Studios) had heard the news through an e-mail chain that itself was inspired by Kyle Latino?s ?December Deadline ?09? post at www.pulpmessenger.com. From there, we decided among ourselves that it was a great opportunity to spotlight our books and began talking to local shops about the idea. I set up the website (http://indycomicbookweek.com), Luan started the blog, and, through the magic of Facebook and Twitter, it took off from there.
CBG: What were some of the most interesting or creative events that shops, creators, and fans held to celebrate Indy Comic Book Week?
Warlick: I think the sheer number of events is the most outstanding thing about the event. There were signings and mini-cons popping up all over the country, as the event got closer and closer. I know Spaz Dog Comics in Phoenix, Ariz., had a huge 30+ creator signing, and Midtown Comics in New York went all out when it came to purchasing books and had the widest selection of new comics from independent creators.
CBG: What did you do on Dec. 30?
Warlick: I was at my home store, Madness Games & Comics, signing copies of my ICBW release, Senryu.
CBG: Anything else you?d like to share?
Warlick: More than anything, I?d like to thank the retailers for supporting Indy Comic Book Week. They really took to the idea and helped us out tremendously with moral support, promotion, and ? most importantly ? shelf space.
Comic’s Buyers Guide No. 1664 will be out in early February.
2010 is in full swing and with it comes Con Season! First up on the docket for 2010 is the always popular Dallas Comic Con. DCC is now the largest comic con in Dallas (thanks to the demise of Wizard World TX) and is attracting some great guests this year including Tim Sale, Adam Hughes Adam West, Sean Patrick Flannery and more.
I’ll be out Saturday and Sunday selling super cheap prints ($10 or 2 for $15), copies of Senryu, doing sketches and taking commissions. So if you love comics and sci-fi and enjoy supporting local artists come on out and get your geek on.
Dallas Comic Con is at The Richardson Civic Venter, 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson TX this Saturday @ 11am-6pm & Sunday @ 12noon-4pm.
…a mixture of chutzpah, free association and illustrated poetry, Indy Comic Week co-founder Matt Warlick’s book is a personal story put in front of an impersonal audience that nevertheless gives readers … food for thought.
…this book isn’t trying to pander to anyone — it’s intensely personal… if you’re a fan of poetry and art and the sort of daydreaming that comes with it, give this book a look.
It may not be Eisner-ready just yet, but Senryu is a precocious read that’s indicative of a lot of potential.