WELCOME BAAA-CK TO ANOTHER AMAZING INTERVIEW WITH GOATS IN THE BRAIN. THAT'S RIGHT! TODAY WE WILL HAVE OUR ONE-ON-ONE WITH TOM SPELLMAN, THE CREATOR OF YEAR OF THE GOAT. SO LETS GOAT THIS INTERVIEW STARTED.
Comic Unknown: What made you want to work in the comicbook industry?
Tom Spellman: I've been a comic book reader since is was 10 years old and I can remember many times over the years, saying to myself...wow, that's a great comic book idea. A few years ago, I was flipping through the internet looking for a good series to read (that I hadn't already read). I couldn't find anything interesting from the big few publishers, but a few awesome books were popping up that were independent and launched on Kickstarter. I had no idea what Kickstarter was but as I read on, I found there were people just like me, without a book deal, that had great story ideas that needed to be told...and Kickstarter provided a platform for funding to make it happen.
TS: I'll start by saying that I have a warped sense of humor. The first comic I launched on Kickstarter was Time Stop, a story about a guy who finds a watch that gives him the ability to freeze time. Though I still love the concept, the story didn't give me an outlet to release the warped ideas floating around in my noggin. Timestop didn't do too well and I almost gave up on self-publishing. Then I said to myself, let me try something different. Instead of making a story that I think people will like, I'm going to write a story that I would want to read. It was 2015 and I was in a Chinese restaurant waiting for my takeout and I noticed a calendar on the wall that said 2015, the Year of the Goat. My mind starting spinning and I came up with the idea right after that.
CU: How many issues do you have in mind for the series?
TS: I wrote up through Issue 10. It ends in a way that could conclude the series, but also leaves a few cliff hangars that would allow me to continue.
TS: No plans for that. I have had a few ideas of maybe some one offs but haven't written anything yet.
CU: What was the most difficult part in the production of Year of the Goat?
TS: The part I struggle with the most is the wording. I write the comic well in advance of having it made. That artwork is fun, the coloring is fun...but then when I get a proof of the final version with my original writing then in bubble form, I end up revising it about 100 times. It seems what I originally write sounds perfect when I am writing it, but once I see it on the artwork, with the characters saying it, I end up changing a lot of what I originally wrote. I have perfectionist tendencies and end up revising maybe much more than I should.
CU: Are you planning on any new series after Year of the Goat?
TS: YES! You may notice on Facebook that I have been teasing pictures of my next series, Children of Nirvana. There is nothing like it in the universe and I feel I really have a solid story in my hands (and not just because I wrote it, hehe). Issue one is going into production very soon and even if I continue Goat after Issue 10, I want to take some time off to focus on future issues of Nirvana.
CU: Who is your favorite all time super hero/villain? Why?
TS: This answer would surely change at different times in my life. Back at 10, I would have said any of the Ninja Turtles or anyone in Classic X-Men, especially Wolverine, Gambit and Omega Red. Now I'm at a point where I prefer more serious, non-superpower heroes and villains. Jeppard from Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth tops the list of heroes. I just like the raw, gritty, mountain of a man who after facing much turmoil in his life, has one last ditch effort to prove to himself that he is actually a good person.
CU: Who has been the biggest influence on you in the comic industry?
TS: This might be the answer you were expecting but my biggest influence is all the other creator that are making comics and building a fan base on crowd funding platforms. There's been a few times where I've said, why the hell am I doing this. Then I log into Facebook and see others, just like me who don't have a writing deal, still putting out kick-ass stories.
CU: What is the best way readers can find Year of the Goat?
TS: Right now the goats are baaaa-ck with Issue 7 on Kickstarter and the campaign ends March 3rd, 2017. Though it's 7, there are reward levels that provide back issues and the volume one TPB featuring issues 1-5. Previous issues are also available on SpellBound Comics.
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