led me back to comics was a journey I'd first taken at
fourteen. I was drawing with my best friend Billy who was
also a good Artist.
My brother also
helped out, tracing and drawing. There we were complete with
a stack of marvel comics next to us. Billy and Jimmy drew a
few strips, but I completed in a few days. I think my first
full color, Twenty-page comic book called "The Fly".
Not realizing a genius named Jack Kirby beat me by about
thirty years, and had the copyright.
Career's and minds change all the time, but entering the
world of Comics isn't as easy as it looks. You have to be a
little of everything: Architect, Visionary, a Storyteller,
Movie Director, Michelangelo's
sculptor, Portrait Artist and Actor. Since I'm self taught
the path was all the more challenging.
Around 1995 an old
friend asked for my help in a horror film he was making. It
was a great experience playing a mugger ,the phantom of the
Opera, and comic book artist?
The second hurdle was working on a comic of the movie. For
free, yet Santo, my comic cohort, a graduate of Pratt needed
me to help out with the pencils, inks and whiting out
mistakes on pages. I'd never used a
t-square or comic page in my life. Oh, and gluing down word
bubbles Santo would printout from the computer. I guess our
meeting was fated to happen. As I'd gotten back into comics
since 94'. Being rejected from an eleven page (two weeks
work) submission for some company I'd never heard of , in
That's when "The Mysterious Woodsman", an original character
came about. After the film finished, I'd purchased some
official Comicbook pages, rapidographs, inks, watercolors,
brushes, templates, t-squares and I was on my way forward.
Sometimes ashamed to
admit the woodsman 107 pg. full color graphic novel took ten
years to complete. After all it was my first book since
fourteen, and I was between working in a few independent
movies, and many wonderful paintings. Now looking back I'm
certainly glad I took my time figuring out my epic story.
Knowing it was something no one could take away from
Robert a. Falls