Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ferguson’s 7 Questions

I recently did an interview with IrishComicNews.com for their 7 Questions column. I've pasted a snippet below but you can read the whole thing here irishcomicnews.com/2017/11/fergusons-7-questions-with-aaron-fever/

What was the first comic work you did that was published? 

First printed work I ever did was ARTOS #3 with Jason Browne and Phil Roe at Buttonpress Publications. It came out in November 2015. 

What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book? 

Oh man, so much! It would be another year before I had a second comic printed and basically that gap in between may as well have been a lifetime because I had so much to learn. My background in writing stories was with stage and film. So while I had to learn the basics of comic writing such as format (I wrote that ARTOS #3 script like a film script) what I really hadn’t wrapped my head around yet was how panel numbers can effect pacing, how important a lettering draft is, how to describe your scenes clearly enough for your artist to understand you, etc. If I had to choose one lesson though it would be to let go of my control. Giving in to the collaboration process was the best thing in comics that I don’t think I was expecting going in. When you’re used to directing your work like I was, there is a level of perfectionism and stubbornness that you get comfortable with. It’s been wonderful breaking out of that mindset and being excited to see what your artist, colourist, and letterer bring to the project.