By Tommy Sneider
How did you get interested in drawing comic books?
Sam (Watermeier) just told me the idea for the comic he wanted to write and I thought that doing the artwork for it would be a good challenge for me and would help me as an aspiring artist.
What’s the basic plot of the comic book you two are writing?
It follows a lonely scientist who genetically enhances soldiers for the military. So, in that sense, he is creating superheroes; hence, the title of the comic, “Superhero Man.” His work goes largely unrecognized which compels him to become a vigilante to gain attention from the world.
What are the events in the comic based off of?
It’s mostly just inspired by 1950s B-horror and science fiction movies. It also hearkens back to “The Invisible Man,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and “The Hulk” with its “mad scientist” gimmick.
What kinds of comic books do you plan on drawing?
I’d want to do a more traditional superhero book next instead of a science-fiction, horror story like the one Sam and I are working on now.
How did you and Sam get the idea?
Sam came up with the idea for the story. I just offered my expertise in terms of the artwork.
What superpower would you have if you were a comic book character?
I would want to be able to freeze time.
What have you done to help you draw the comic?
I’ve picked up some instructional books and looked at other comic book artwork for research and inspiration.
Describe yourself as a comic book character.
I guess I would want to be like Superman. He can virtually do anything.
Do you plan on drawing comics in the future?
We’ll see. It’s just a hobby for now. My real passion is music.
What is your favorite comic book?
I like the older stuff like the early Batman and Spider-Man comics.
What’s the hardest part about drawing the comic?
Most of my art is focused on one object. This is the first comic I’ve done, so depicting the several events that were supposed to happen in the panels was difficult. The action-adventure elements of the story were difficult to draw.
What’s the best part of doing this comic?
The challenge of it and all of the comics I’ve discovered through research.
Do you guys plan to make a series out of this comic book? Why or why not?
A series would be great, but difficult and time consuming as well. We’re still working on the first comic so we’ll see how that turns out first.
How much time do you guys spend on the comic?
About an hour every day. We’re taking it slow right now.
Are you guys considering publishing or making the comic book public?
We might send it to a company depending on how it turns out. Right now, this is just for fun.