Name: Steven Charles Rosia
Type of Creator: Artist & Writer
Creator of: Muskoka, The Man Outside The Window, various shorts and anthology pieces including Octopus’ Garden and Femdom Robot Kingdom.
What was the first comic you read?
Sonic The Hedgehog
What inspired you to make comics?
I’ve always drawn but I first decided to make comics when I was in high school and discovered a love for writing fiction. At that point putting my two passions together sort of clicked.
What do you like about comics? What is it about them that interests you? Inspires you? Moves you?
The practice of telling stories through pictures is ancient so being a part of that rich tapestry is amazing. Beyond that, comics is such an immersive media and unlike film or video games it is something that I can accomplish individually.
What is the most important thing people need to know about comics?
Comics are much more than just superheroes!
What comic would you recommend to a first-time reader?
Saga – Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughn / The Walking Dead – Kevin Eastman and Charlie Adlar
What medium do work in? Pencils? Ink? Digital?
Pencil, Ink, & Coffee
As a writer, pen or keyboard?
Pen preferably. Keyboard for formatting.
What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to work? Do you have a routine?
The first thing I do when I sit down to work is procrastinate. When I finally get over that I typically rummage through my emails and scour through my latest works from the past couple days. Satisfied that everything has been appropriately responded to, and my work is up to par, I finally start in on whatever it is I have on my to-do list for that day.
Do you have a set work space? Where?
I wish I had a set work space! The best I can manage is a large clipboard that I typically sit and draw with on the couch in the living room, and a small desk just off the kitchen that I ink and paint on.
Do you listen to music when you work? Other background noise?
Yes! Typically I listen to a mix of Ska, Alternative and Classic Rock when I work. If my fiance is around it’s typically whatever is currently playing on Netflix.
Being overly critical of my work keeps me moderately frustrated with myself at all times. I consider this a good thing. It keeps me from getting content and constantly challenges me to grow and learn.
If you had to pick one comic as a favorite, what would it be?
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil
What is the:
- Most romantic comic you’ve ever read? Black Hole – Charles Burns
- Most exciting comic you’ve ever read? Kick-Ass – Mark Millar and John Romita Jr
- Most Inspirational? Finder – Carla Speed McNiel / Hicksville – Dylan Horrocks / Castle Waiting – Linda Medley
- Funniest? God Hates Astronauts – Ryan Browne
- Scariest? False Positive (http://falsepositivecomic.
- Most moving? Mother Come Home – Paul Hornschemeier / Percy Gloom – Kathy Malkasian
Who is your favourite comic character?
What is the natural talent you’d like to be gifted with and why?
Being able to go days without sleep. Imagine how much work I could get done!
What three words would you use to describe your work?
Thoughtful, Visceral, Dark
What is your favourite place to go in Calgary?
One of the many fine coffee houses along Kensington and the Sunnyside area.
Future projects you are working on/would like to work on?
…too many to list…