10 Questions With Ken Reynolds – writer of Cognition, with issue #3 coming to Kickstarter tomorrow!
1. Who are you and what are you working on right now? (2 questions in 1, I know!)
I’m Ken Reynolds. I’m a comic creator which is a big blanket terms for writer, artist, editor and letterer. I wear lots of hats and switch them around as needed. Right now I’m preparing to run the Kickstarter to finish off the first arc in my supernatural adventure story ‘Cognition’ which is about a steam powered robot and a demonically possessed mouse that fight monsters for the British Occult Secret Service (BOSS) during the height of the Victorian era.
2. What drew you to digital comics?
I love digital comics for their immediacy. It’s wonderful to finish something with the ability to put it out to readers so quickly and seamlessly. I also like having a digital option for small press and indie comics as I know it keeps costs low for the creator and it allows me to read more broadly.
3. Webcomics or digital comics?
Digital comics at the moment. I like to read in big chunks and I’m not very patient… Having said that I have a webcomic in the works so I might be swayed. I think producing my own will inevitably get me into more of what others are up to in that specific release medium.
4. What do you think works with digital comics?
I enjoy what some creators do with ‘guided view narrative’ it’s an interesting and different way for the comic narrative to work. I really like seeing examples of using the presentation to make a comic ONLY work as digital. So long scrolling pages and things like that. I always enjoy a bit of experimentation that pushes conventions and the definition of what comics can be and do.
5. Can digital comics replace print comics?
I think they can, but I don’t think they will for a long while. As much as I enjoy the advantages of digital I still very much prefer physical. There is still a disconnect in my mind on this point. The printed page solidify and anchors my sense of the book as an artistic object. But in the same way it also reminds me of it’s disposable qualities. It can be rolled up, folded, get dog eared edges from re-reads… You can give it to a friend and share it around. The physicality for me goes beyond just ink on paper.
6. How can print comics work with digital comics?
Digital should be an absolute added extra. You buy a print comic you sound have a digital copy too. No quibbles.
7. What don’t you like about digital comics?
I find it far too easy to forget that I have them. If for some reason i don’t open a particular app or folder on my computer, I can simply forget what I have and what I’ve read. This is a failing only part that I haven’t organised properly, but it’s also a sign that digital comics feel very disparate inter distribution. I’d like a single app I can feed everything into (probably exists) but I haven’t put the time into it yet. I never have this problem with physical books. I have shelves and boxes, I have a to read pile that stares at me accusingly. I guess digital books are too easy to overlook.
8. What digital comics/webcomics do you read?
I read indie books on the comichaus app. I’m signed up to Marvel Unlimited and I buy a lot of kickstarter comics on the digital tiers. Mostly because shipping can be prohibitive, but also the cost is usually so low that I can support a fellow creator without breaking the bank.
9. Where do you see digital comics going from here?
The streaming services seem to be the way forward in my mind. Read as much as you like for a subscription. Netflix for comics is a wonderful idea as long as the content is diverse enough. I guess the competition is going to be a problem at some point. I’m shocked DC doesn’t have something like this yet.
10. Who do you think we should look out for in digital comics?
Wow, I have an endless list of creators I love. Sarah Millman is creating a wonderful series called NPC Tea, Fraser Campbell with Alex Automatic and The Edge Off is really interesting. Stuart McCune has a huge back catalogue of stunning books that shouldn’t be missed. Watch out for anything Chris Sides is writing and Ryan K Lindsay always runs inventive digital only Kickstarter campaigns.
Check out Cognition here and keep a lookout for the Kickstarter for #3 out tomorrow!
Find Ken on Twitter here