Interviews: Tom Spurgeon talks to Richard Sala

Published On February 25, 2013 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Interviews

Over on the always excellent Comics Reporter (required daily reading for many of the blog crew) Tom Spurgeon posts one of his good, long interviews, this time with the fascinating Richard Sala:

terrible thing in the tower richard sala

(above, The Thing in the Tower by and (c) Richard Sala)

TOM SPURGEON: Richard, I don’t have a sense of how you work, particularly how much time you spend on comics in a week/month/year, how long it takes you to work. Can you talk about that a bit, just how much of your professional life involves comics and where it sits in the general constellation of what you do?

RICHARD SALA: It’s a good question, but it’s kind of hard to answer since comics are just a part of the stew. I’m always working on something, usually trying to juggle several projects, so it all depends on which deadline is closest. With comics I often have to make up my own deadlines. You especially have to do that these days, since it’s all about graphic novels instead of a series. It was a lot easier to set up a deadline to finish 24 pages every couple of months when I had my series, Evil Eye. Somehow that was more palatable and conceivable. Nowadays, I’ll write big reminders on my calendar. I guess it helps that I’ve always been pretty motivated and enjoy doing it.

These days there’s the option of doing a serialized comic online. I’ve been working on a couple of ideas for that, but it’s a serious commitment, so I want to be sure it’s a good idea. In the meantime, to sort of test the waters, I started doing these themed exhibitions of my work online. I actually do those in a serial format. New work is posted once a week, with a set, finite number of pieces, so that it would last maybe a month or two. When all the work for a series has been posted, they stay up as individual online exhibitions.”

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