Name: David Joyce
Type of Creator: Artist
List your work:
Various comics published by New Tribe magazine and McGraw Hill Ryerson
Project manager and contributor to Boneshaker Press Vol 1: Encounters with the Imaginary
Freelance illustration and commissions
What was the first comic you read?
Amazing Spider-man #1, which I got as a halloween handout. Before you get too excited though, let me say that it was a mini reprint from ‘88, not a copy of the original first issue.
What inspired you to make comics? A specific story? Writer? Author?
Can I pick a character? I’m picking a character: Spider-man. While the stories from the late 90’s are not well remembered, the late 80’s and early 90’s were packed with incredible work spread across multiple titles. When I think of comics, I think of Spider-man.
That, and Marvel trading cards. I was a sucker for those things.
What do you like about comics? What is it about them that interests you? Inspires you? Moves you?
The speed and ease with which they can communicate. You can pack a ton of story into a page or two of comics, which means a reader can have a deep, emotional experience in a matter of minutes. The medium is also capable of incredible variety, encapsulating everything from Maus, to Penny Arcade, to Unflattening, and so much more. If you have something to say, I’m not sure there’s a better way to say it than with comics.
What is the most important thing people need to know about comics?
Superheroes (which I love) do not equal comics. Nor should they.
What comic would you recommend to a first-time reader?
It depends a lot on the reader. There are so many great options out there today that there really is something for everyone. Having to answer without knowing the audience I’d say Y the Last Man, Blankets, or Bone.
As an artist, what medium do work in? Pencils? Ink? Digital?
All of the above, but it’s rare that I step outside those 3.
As a writer, pen or keyboard?
What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to work? Do you have a routine?
I usually warm up with a few minutes of gesture drawing, and some studies if I have the time (ps… MAKE THE TIME!)
Do you have a set work space? Where?
I’ve got a fairly large studio space set up in the basement of my home.
Do you listen to music when you work? Other background noise?
I bounce back and forth between music, and podcasts. Having two kids at home means silence really isn’t a viable option.
No thanks, I have plenty enough as it is. Honestly though, I think the biggest one is looking back and seeing all the time I squandered. There’s nothing I can do about it now, but it certainly provides solid motivation to get to work.
If you had to pick one comic as a favourite, what would it be?
Gah, just one?! Let’s go with the biggest then, the Bone one volume edition.
Who is your favourite comic character?
You just can’t beat Spider-Man
What is the:
What is the natural talent you’d like to be gifted with and why?
I’ll take anything that allows me to get more work done in a shorter amount of time.
What three words would you use to describe your work?
Dynamic, Expressive, Improving
What is your favourite place to go in Calgary?
Wherever my friends are. The location has never mattered to me as much as the company.
What are you working on/would like to work on?
I’m currently working on a mobile game, and am hoping to get at least one comic anthology started by the end of the year. I’ve also got a few board game ideas that I’d like to get back to.