Today with have 10 questions with industry legend – David Lloyd!
1. Who are you and what are you working on right now? (2 questions in 1, I know!)
David Lloyd – widely known for V For Vendetta, and now contributor to, and publisher of, Aces Weekly, an EXCLUSIVELY digital online comic art anthology magazine, featuring some of the finest creators in the world.
2. What drew you to digital comics?
The ease of production – just put the pages together and send them out to subscribers. No printing, warehousing, distribution, wholesale or retail costs to expend. We go straight from the creators to the buyers at the touch of a button.
3. Webcomics or digital comics?
My definition of digital comics encompasses webcomics – don’t see the difference unless you’re referring to those restricted to websites as ours currently are. Other differences can be whether we include or exclude exclusivity to the digital form – many comics that appear on screen initially are previewed for printing several months down the line ; ours aren’t, you only get it by subscribing. And then there are some comics that are portrait in format, and a simulated flipping of pages reveals them page by page, whereas our pages are suitably landscape in format and tailored to the screen ratio of iPad, tablet, laptop and PC. And then some are ‘ motion comics ‘ whereas we’re in the business of just putting fantastic comic art on screen instead of printing it on paper.
4. What do you think works with digital comics?
The means of delivery is it’s greatest strength as far as we’re concerned, though I use digital/computer-created effects in much of my work, and the efficiency and speed involved in using digital colour and lettering is another plus. The use of motion in much digital comic art is something that doesn’t work for me – from an aesthetic and storytelling point-of-view – in any of the examples of it that I’ve seen. But there may well be examples of such comics around in which motion does.
5.Can digital comics replace print comics?
Yes, they can and they may well do that, in the same way that online newspapers and ebooks may eventually take over from print editions.
6. How can print comics work with digital comics?
I’m not sure they should or need to, except that many readers enjoy the experience of reading print comics and find it difficult to transfer, so perhaps if separate, exclusively digital, comics stories featuring print comics characters can be initiated, they’ll act as an encouragement for new digital readers.
7. What don’t you like about digital comics?
As I said above – all those digital motion comics that I’ve seen leave me cold and are neither good animation nor good comic art.
8. What digital comics/webcomics do you read?
The ones we produce and publish for Aces Weekly.
9. Where do you see digital comics going from here?
To be the future – and hopefully always in a form where the art of them thrives as much as their ability to entertain.
10.Who do you think we should look out for in digital comics?
All the great creators we have published already, and those who are lined up for publishing in Aces Weekly, including Kyle Baker, David Hitchcock, John McCrea, Phil Hester, Lew Stringer, Mark Wheatley, Yishan Li, Herb Trimpe, Paul Maybury, Billy Tucci, Bill Sienkiewicz, Marc Hempel, James Hudnall, Carl Critchlow, Kev Hopgood, Steve Bissette, Val Mayerick, Henry Flint, Dan Christensen, Shaky Kane, Dave Hine, Colleen Doran, Dylan Teague… and many more, who are accessible via www.acesweekly.co.uk and can be seen more of at www.facebook.com/acesweekly.
“10 Questions With” is to be a interview session with digital comics creators – there’s a lot of great people I’ve got lined up and I hope you enjoy seeing what the creators are interested in.