Name: Kelly Tindall
Type of Creator: Cartoonist, artist, colorist, letterer, publisher
List your work:
- Proof (Image Comics) Archie Snow backup stories, full art #17
- Green Wake (Image Comics) Lettering
- Rebel Blood (Image Comics) Colour assist, letters
- Dia de los Muertos (Image Comics) Letterer
- Bedlam (Image Comics) Letters
- That’s So Kraven! (Webcomic) Cartoonist
- Strangebeard (www.strangebeard.com) Cartoonist, publisher (volume 1)
- The Adventurers (www.the-adventurers.com) Cartoonist
- NPC, Volume 1 (Blind Ferret) Artist, “A Very Bad Day”
- LFG #4 (Dynamite Comics) Cover artist
- Zomkeys #1 (Mirror Comics) Cover artist
- Challenger #2, 3 (Winter Star Comics) Colorist
- Johnny Vegas (Webcomic) Colorist
What was the first comic you read?
A Justice League issue where the substitute heroes save Superman, Wonder Woman and Flash from The Maestro.
What inspired you to make comics? A specific story? Writer? Artist?
I’ve always loved reading comics and watching cartoons with fantastical creatures. I got serious about making them a couple of years ago.
What do you like about comics? What is it about them that interests you? Inspires you? Moves you?
The thing that excites me these days is the power to control an entire reading experience, and to tell stories that interest me in exactly the way I want to tell them.
What is the most important thing people need to know about comics?
They aren’t like any other medium and shouldn’t be compared to any other medium.
What comic would you recommend to a first-time reader?
Mine aren’t bad, I think, but you can’t go wrong with books like Bone or Smile or any of the classic Marvel stories.
As an artist, what medium do work in? Pencils? Ink? Digital?
Pencils and inks on board, then colours and letters in Photoshop/Illustrator.
As a writer, pen or keyboard?
I layout my pages on scrap paper and write dialogue on the final pages in Illustrator.
What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to work? Do you have a routine?
No routine. I work when my kids are asleep until I can’t stay awake myself.
Do you have a set work space? Where?
I have a dedicated office space in my house.
Do you listen to music when you work? Other background noise?
I like music when I’m drawing or lettering, but I only listen to podcasts when I colour. I don’t know why.
The pay isn’t great, for the most part. I am with my girls during the day, so it can be hard to sacrifice my nights (traditionally a time to relax) to work.
If you had to pick one comic as a favourite, what would it be?
Probably either League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 1 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, or Only a Poor Old Man by Carl Barks.
What is the:
Most romantic comic you’ve ever read?
I’ll let you know when I read it.
Most exciting comic you’ve ever read?
Carl Barks’ Scrooge/Donald Duck comics.
Scrooge McDuck, although Kyle Baker’s stuff is great.
Domu by Otomo. Junji Ito is horrifying, too.
WE3 is really great. All-Star Superman makes me tear up.
Who is your favourite comic character?
Favorite villain: Joker
Favorite hero: Scrooge McDuck
What is the natural talent you’d like to be gifted with and why?
I’ve always been partial to shape shifting. Flight is good, too.
What three words would you use to describe your work?
Cartoony, bouncy, fun
What is your favourite place to go in Edmonton?
I like the Garneau Theatre, Happy Harbor Comics, and the Highlevel Diner
Future projects you are working on/would like to work on:
I want to do a funny animal book, a fantasy book, and a zombie cowboy book.
Nintendo games, especially Mega Man 2.
You are stranded on a desert island, you must have:
Which 3 comics?
- Only a Poor Old Man, Carl Barks
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
- Batman: Dark Victory, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
Which 3 albums?
- 69 Love Songs, Magnetic Fields
- Painkiller, Judas Priest
- Mad Max: Fury Road, Junkie XL
Which 3 movies?
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- Spirited Away
Which 3 foods?
- Sushi (Vancouver)
- Steak (Saskatchewan)
- Poutine (Montreal)
Which 3 television shows?
- The IT Crowd
- Justice League Unlimited
And which 3 people would you be happy to be stranded with?
My wife and my 2 daughters