Name: Giovanni Smith
Type of Creator: Writer and Publisher
List your work:
Days of Dark Fire – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_WUbmx8DA8
What inspired you to make comics? A specific story? Writer? Author?
From an early age, I loved comics, but HATED writing. For my Dad (the Teacher), this just wouldn’t do. So he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: “Giovanni, every day that you write two pages, I’ll take you out for desert.”
My waistline quickly grew with my passion for writing comics. To this day, carrot cake remains my favorite desert and comics remain my favorite style of storytelling.
What do you like about comics?
There’s nothing more rewarding than watching your script come to life on a comic page. As a writer, I spend a lot of time in isolation. Sometimes I wonder why I put myself through all the hoops. But once I see that script come to life…once I see the final pages and know this beautiful piece of art was born from something I originally scripted…the feeling of accomplishment and pride that washes over me…that makes all those days in isolation totally worth it.
What’s the most important thing people need to know about comics?
Indie Creators make great comics! Don’t get me wrong, I love my superhero punch-ups as much as anyone, but I find that even a lot of hardcore comic Fans I know are hesitant to try indie comics. That’s why I founded Sinopia Comics, an online, donation-based publishing company aimed at helping indie comic Creators gain exposure for their undiscovered comics. I am extremely passionate about helping other creators, like myself, share their comics with the world.
Do you write with a keyboard? pen?
Believe it or not: pen! I sit in front of a computer all day at the day job. Sitting down after work in front of another computer just feels like work. Writing comics is fun and it should FEEL fun. So I grab a pen, paper, a slice of carrot cake and go sit by the river, or on a patio. Sure, it means I have to retype a bunch of handwritten pages later, but that’s a price I gladly pay for the extra boost of creativity.
What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to work? Do you have a routine?
I sit and daydream for about ten minutes. I start thinking about scenes and then write out the ones that were the most fun to daydream about.
Do you listen to music while you work?
I enjoy having music quietly playing in the background.
I always enjoyed the comics about Thanos and his love affair with Death…what can I say, I’m a hopeless romantic.
Scott Snyder – Batman Death of the Family – I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. How does this guy do it?! Scott is a master of pacing and suspense.
What is the natural talent you’d like to be gifted with and why
I wish I could draw. It would be great to write a script and then be able to produce it myself. Then again, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work with such talented artists…so maybe being all-talented is a bit overrated after all 😉
What three words would you use to describe your work?
Unique. Character driven.
What is your favourite place to go in Calgary?
Any place that sells carrot cake…in case you hadn’t noticed…I love desert!
You are stranded on a desert island, you must have:
Which 3 comics?
World War Hulk
Batman Death of a Family
Old Man Logan
Which 3 albums? Trust Fund’s “No One is Coming For Us,” Twin Shadow’s “Confess,” and Ben Bridwell’s “Sing Into My Mouth;” their limited edition vinyl covers will be shredded into fibers for clothing.
Which 3 movies?
Fast and Furious (all of them!)
Which 3 foods?
Which 3 television shows?
And which 3 people would you be happy to be stranded with?
- Stan Lee
- Somebody from Survivor…I don’t watch the show but assume their skills would come in handy
- Mike Gaughran, lead artist for Days of Dark Fire, so we could keep making great comics while stranded!