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Well we’ve got another pro in here today for the 9 questions. Mr. Salgood Sam was good enough to take the time. I first found Salgood’s work through the really stylish Sea of Red, and I liked it a lot, so I was glad he was able to hop in for an interview. You can see his site HERE.

Q1] What are you working on right now, art-wise?

A1] This moment, I’m just taking a short break from penciling Dracula Son of the Dragon to make coffee and answer a couple of these. I’m also doing the last dozen or so pages of lettering and a few more washes for Dream Life.

[https://www.facebook.com/DraculaSonoftheDragon]
[https://www.facebook.com/DreamLifeALateComingOfAge]

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Q2] What is your workflow like?

A2] Um, busy? I try to be pretty systematic about it.

Start off reviewing the previous day’s accomplishments or lack of, and often as I can go for a good hour long walk. If not in the morning then at some point.

A few days a week I try to make sure to do some writing now, for that I like to take my laptop out and stop somewhere to do that for an hour or two. Not always successful, deadlines help.

Like working with a finished script now, usually at least write my own draft even if I’m collaborating. I’ve found it’s much better for the quality of work I get done at the other end. I can satisfy my own demands in terms of script formant, describe and think out the details and story more fully. And none challenges me to draw things nearly as much as I will. Writers are often afraid to ask too much of you. And those that do don’t often want to go down the particular rabbit holes I’d like to. So I like to have my hands in there.

Then I do visual research, sketch a little bit, start drawing thumbs, and more research. Revise, then pencils. On dream life I often pencil pages twice. Then inks, washes, digital tones and on Son of the Dragon, a bit of limited pallet colouring. Then lettering, proofing, and so on.

[http://www.salgoodsam.com/comics/proses-pages-pencils-and-thumbnails/]

I’ve worked at home for a long time, that’s a challenge often. Nice when I have the place to myself. And I have a studio space to shut myself away in at home.

[http://www.salgoodsam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/studiowideshotmosaic.jpg]

And these days I have to work in promotional work and the odd freelance job too.

3] Who are your top three influences? 

A3] I will not give you THE top three, could not say. I’ll name three, um… David Mazzucchelli, Ian Banks, Orson Wells the film maker. I like the magician raconteur and actor too but I love his films.

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Mazzucchelli]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Banks]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orson_Welles]

Q4] What is the one piece of indispensable advice you would give a comics creator for getting their work out there?

A4] Make it first. Then get it out there. Repeat. Probably more often than I do is advisable. Don’t be shy. I’ve been trying out digital self publishing, with print ready editions and downloads. Web comics and sites like tumbler are good tools when you’re green and still developing,  finding your own voice and an audience. Twitter is making careers these days. There’s a lot of access now. No reason to wait on anyone.

[http://www.salgoodsam.com/store/]

Q5] What do you think your duty is to the reader?

A5] No duty to “the readers”.  I feel compelled to tell good stories, the best I can. The kind of work I have respect for myself. Time & money are realities I have to deal with, constraints. I’ve been using crowd funding to get some things done lately, I like that and there I feel a responsibility to give backers what I promise them. But if anything I feel like my priority is to the story, making something I’d want to read. And if I can pull that off, I’m very picky. I’m confident a reasonable number of other people will like it too then.

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Q6] If you could do one thing better, in regards to graphic storytelling, what would it be?

A6] I don’t think I could easily narrow it down like that. I’m always looking to improve everything. I guess given I’ve been doing it the least amount of time, my writing is usually the thing I feel needs the most work. But really, I want to do all the things better.

Q7] What, if anything, do you prefer to listen to while you work?

A7]Depends. Writing and doing layouts nothing often. In general I like it quiet.

If someone else is home I often use the café affect, have TV shows running on my PC that I don’t really follow too close on, play news, talk radio. Sometimes movies. Can be dangerous though, if they happen to be good sometimes I end up watching TV and ignoring the work.

Penciling I listen to a lot of cerebral stuff, science and culture podcasts. More films.

While Inking, all that and music. Genre depends on what I’m working on. Something that will help me feel the mood of it. If you’re interested in my music taste I made a few MP3 mix tapes/podcasts here.

[http://www.salgoodsam.com/2006/04/11/this-is-ch-zero/]

[http://www.salgoodsam.com/2007/09/24/this-is-ch-zero-002/]

[http://www.salgoodsam.com/2011/11/18/ch0-003/]

Q8] What is the one comic story that has stuck with you throughout the years?

A8] Again more than one, but off the top of my head fast, City of Glass. David Mazzucchelli and Paul Karasik adapting Paul Auster. Great book.

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Glass_(comics)]

Q9] What do you consider to be the greatest power of graphic storytelling?

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There we go, friends. A really awesome interview with a really awesome artist. Thanks for the insights, Salgood. I’m particularly fond of and in agreement with answer nine. Don’t forget to check out Salgood’s store at his SITE, where he has a number of stories on offer. And look out for Dracula: Son of the Dragon. That’s all for today!