Creator Profile: Lyon Beckers

Name: Lyon Beckers

Type of Creator: Artist, Writer.

List your work:

Undecayed, Bent Pins

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What was the first comic you read?

Probably Calvin & Hobbes if we’re counting strips, probably something out of the Smurfs or Tintin if we’re counting full stories.

What inspired you to make comics? A specific story? Writer? Author?

My dad drew comic strips for the Gateway while he was attending UofA. When I found that out, that’s the point where I realized “wait, you can just make your own comics??”

What do you like about comics? What is it about them that interests you? Inspires you? Moves you?

I like the unique relationship comics has to time. There’s so much flexibility in expressing time in a way that isn’t really comparable to other story-telling media.

What is the most important thing people need to know about comics?

They’re for everyone.

 

What medium do work in? Pencils? Ink? Digital?

Digital, using Clip Studio on a Surface Pro 3.

 

What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to work? Do you have a routine?

Start a new file, save it as whatever page it’s going to be.

Do you have a set work space? Where?

Not really, I bounce around between sitting on my couch to draw, kitchen table, my desk. My back is going to pay for this in the future.

Do you listen to music when you work? Other background noise?

I have a degree in music composition so listening to music can wind up distracting me/pulling me out of my workflow because I get caught up listening. I usually just put on some show I’ve seen like a million times in the background, something real mindless like American Dad or Always Sunny so I can sort of fade in and out. Sometimes Netflix will ask me if I want to keep watching and I won’t notice and just wind up working in silence anyway, whoops

Frustrations/challenges?

The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Migraines can sometimes trip me up, especially working in digital media because of the screen.

What three words would you use to describe your work?

Funny, kind of

What is your favourite place to go in Calgary?

Bow river, Eau Claire

Future projects you are working on/would like to work on

Not comic related, but I really want to make a good video game at some point.

Unlikely inspiration?

Music, in terms of structure. Word bubbles are beats, panels are bars, pages are phrases, a book is a symphony, etc.

 

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