Name: Low Five Productions
Greg Pilkington – Writer
Cole Elliot – Writer
Jazz Singh – Artist
Billy Martin – Writer
Ethan Ror – Artist
Samer Abbas – Artist
Matt Carberry – Artist, Writer
Scott Watmough – Writer
James Pantuso – Artist
List of Work:
- Broken Wing (Scott Watmough and James Pantuso)
- Operator (Billy Martin and Matt Carberry)
- A Little Off the Top (Billy Martin and Jazz Singh)
- Iron Hands McGee (Matt Carberry)
- Shift (Greg Pilkington and Ethan Ror)
- Gods of the Universe (Samer Abbas)
What was the first comic you read?
Our general consensus would be various issues of Spiderman, but some wanted to give honorable mentions to Darkwing Duck, Sonic the Hedgehog, which was ruined by the internet, and WILD Cats.
What inspired you to make comics? A Specific Story? Writer? Artist?
For the most part, we were all inspired by various artists or heroes. Matt loved watching Saturday morning cartoons and wanted to emulate their wacky stories in his own work. Ethan remembers seeing Spaziante’s (Spaz) cover of Sonic the Hedgehog and knew he wanted to do something like it. Jazz’s biggest inspirations were in the European comics he got back in India, like Tin Tin and Asterix and Obelisk. Scott had his desire sparked after he read the special edition of Nextwave: Agents of Hate where they printed the script in the back of the comic. James didn’t get into comics until much later, but he loved drawing video game characters and that lead him down the path of comic illustration. Spiderman was Samer’s big inspiration…that and Hentai, apparently. Billy got the itch after he finished watching Avatar: The Last Airbender; he wanted to create something just as beloved. Greg fell in love with writing and directing and knew that comics were the crossroads of both of his passions. Cole just loved the medium.
What do you like about comics? What is it about them that interests you? Inspires you? Moves you?
Comics essentially have the scope of a large budgeted film that can be made by yourself or just a small team. However, comics aren’t just a more cost effective form of film, they also have the capacity to be one of the most dynamic forms of storytelling. Comics can seamlessly flip from a grandiose third-person narrative to reflective first-person introspection and everything in between, and for basically all characters. No other form of storytelling really does that. It’s a form of art that really captivates all of us. Comics give us a way to expand creative boundaries and is one of, if not, the ultimate form of visual communication.
What is the most important thing people need to know about comics?
They’re legitimate stories. Some are not for kids, but there are comics for any and all demographics. They’re not as simplistic as they seem. The morals of the stories are vast and complicated. They’re as multifaceted as any genre of literature and despite the popularity, there’s more to comics than Marvel or DC
As an artist, what medium do you work in? Pencils? Ink? Digital?
Primarily, everyone works in digital, but some work in pencil first and James in particular loves his inks
As a writer, pen or keyboard?
(Universal laughter) keyboard. There is a time and place for pen or pencil and it’s when a keyboard isn’t around. Even Billy, who employs the hunt-and-peck style of typing prefers keyboards.
What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to work? Do you have a routine?
Typically, everyone starts by tending to their unhealthy addiction to caffeine, then the processes start to differ. Some throw on music, some clean; others avoid the black hole of a mess as they walk to their desk…never look at the black hole. Some procratubate…it’s a real thing.
Moving from traditional art to digital. Sitting on the same page for 6 weeks. Not having enough time. Spending 8 hours on something then realizing that half of it is shitty, a quarter of it is good, and a quarter of it is meh; so you cut out the shitty part and keep the good part but then you realize that the good parts don’t work without the shitty parts, and the meh parts lose all meaning, so you toss it all out. Trying to pick up girls with the opening “I draw comic books”. Drawing a complete page and not saving, and then your computer crashes. Forgetting to draw in 300DPI….James…for a year…or using centimeters instead of inches. Dealing with all of us creative folk is like herding cats…seriously.
Who is your favourite comic character?
Spiderman – Ethan and Samer
Rorschach – Cole
Joker – Billy
Dex-Starr – Scott
Iron Man – James
Bone – Matt
The Immortal Iron Fist – Greg
Scott Pilgrim – Jazz