With less than a month (and counting!) before the Super Show, 100% Super Show Approved sits down with Scott Bradley to discuss his long standing love affair with comics, and the future of Resolution Comics!
Hey Scott, how long have you been reading comics and when did you decide to step into the publishing arena?
I’ve been reading comics since 1977, when I successfully bugged my parents enough that they bought me the Marvel Star Wars Special Edition comic. I didn’t have too many other comics until about 1984 when I picked up Amazing Spider-Man #252. That was the issue when he first appeared in the black costume. I had loved Spider-Man from the cartoons and the Electric Company so I had to find out what the heck was going on with the new costume. It was a good time to start reading comics in earnest and I was hooked. Throughout high school, I was convinced that I was going to somehow make my living drawing comics – I even told my algebra teacher that I didn’t care about her class because I didn’t need to know algebra to draw comics. It was all I thought about. I drew constantly. Then I got a girlfriend.
Fast forward 15 years or so and I hadn’t been drawing at all for years and definitely was not working in the comics industry. But, the smoldering embers of my high school dream were still in there somewhere. I credit the CGS Podcast and the people on the Comics Forums with fanning them to life. A couple of years ago I made a New Years resolution and swore that I would not only draw comics, but also publish them!
You’ve been known be a jack of all trades, handling the writing, penciling, inking, coloring and lettering duties, on top of your work as publisher. If you could pick one aspect of creating comics to work on exclusively, which would it be?
I’ve really been enjoying coloring lately, so I’m going to go with that. I enjoy every aspect of creating comics, but I also find it to be the hardest, most frustrating thing I’ve ever done.
What genre are you most fond of?
I’m particularly fond of “crime” books. Right now, I’d say that “Criminal” by Brubaker and Phillips is my favorite book right now. I’ve always enjoyed mysteries. My mom is into mystery novels, and I inherited her love for them. I feel that comic book artwork is especially suited to the genre as well. The deep shadows and other tropes of “noir” films work especially well in comics.
Brian and I met when we were 16 or 17. I’ve now known him for more than half of my life! We were in various bands for years and would talk about comics all the time. When I started working on a comic I’m writing and drawing about a guy that goes on tour with his little punk rock band and how it changes his life, I would sit with Brian and talk about the story. He would help me out and eventually we decided that he would write all the scenes in the book that dealt with what happened to this guy’s friends that stayed home while he’s on the road. I realized that it was going to take me a really long time to finish that book, so Brian and I talked some more. We both wanted to keep our momentum going and publish something that year. So, he came up with the idea for our anthology series “From Here to There” and we started the company.
How do you split the workload?
I deal with most of the technical stuff, like layouts and also deal with the printers, etc. Brian handles “the talent”. He’s the editor, so he’s the guy who stays in touch with the writers and artists. Brian also does most of the lettering for the books.
That’s a tough one. I think I’m proudest of the first book we put out, the first issue of
“From Here to There”. Not that it’s the best thing we’ve done, but it got us of our duffs. I’m just still kind of amazed that we actually finished and published anything!
Any projects on the horizon that you can talk about?
Brian is writing a follow up to his book “The Layfield Incident”, we’ve got the 4th issue of “From Here to There” pretty much lined up, and I’m still working on “The Sound”. We’ve got a few other things that may come together soon. Stay tuned, I guess.
I know you’re a huge fan of comics. If you had to pick between The Big Two, would you read Marvel or DC. Why?
I’ve always been more of a Marvel guy, because I love Spider-Man. I was a huge fan of the X-Men in the eighties. So, I’ve got more history with those characters.
I started listening with Episode 35, I believe. That was in July 2005. I really enjoy the show. I’m way behind in my podcast listening, I’m not sure how that happened. I keep listening because it makes me feel connected to the people I’ve met through the show these last few years. It’s a communal thing.
What are you looking forward to most about the Super Show?
Seeing friends and hopefully making some new ones.
We hope so too, Scott!
For more information on Scott Bradley and Resolution Comics, visit www.resolutioncomics.com and join us at the end of the month at the Super Show!