(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.”