Not so long a time ago, in a galaxy very much near where we are (this galaxy actually), writer Joshua Williamson and artist SETH DAMOOSE came up with an idea for a comic based on people who have become addicted to being abducted by aliens. We beamed Seth Damoose away from his drawing table for a few moments and...ahem...probed him for some information. The truth, as they say, is out there. Or just below, actually.
1) How did your work with Josh Williamson on Xenoholics come about?
Jim Valentino had been wanting to have Josh and I work together on "something" for a little bit now. It was Jim who suggested it and introduced us to each other. From there it was phone calls and emails back and forth between Josh and I until we met at the C2E2 convention in Chicago last year.
2) You are a co-creator of Brat-Halla, which was one of Shadowline's longest-running webcomics. Do you have a favorite mythological character?
I never really did settle in on a favorite. There were just too many to choose from. I had a great time exploring the possibilities of all of the characters in Brat-Halla. Hod was one of the most fun to draw because I had to figure out how to show that he was blind. Thor was fun to draw as well simply because he wasn't the massive Marvel Comics Thor, he was our little runt that hadn't hit his growth spurt yet.
3) In reference to some of the bigger stars of Xenoholics, what is your favorite movie about aliens/life on other planets?
I'm a pretty big Star Wars fan. I've always loved the vastness of those stories, and the rich aliens and worlds. I dig that everything was dirty too. It all looked believable because it had "been around" and beat up, just like our stuff.
4) What is the best thing that's ever happened to you at a comic convention?
I guess I would have to say the best thing that every happened at a convention was landing a gig. Although, meeting a lot of my childhood heros is pretty cool, too.
5) What is the one thing you like the most about your own distinct art style?
I like that it's finally coming into it's own. I am always learning new ways to draw everything, so for the longest time my style was changing. If you look at the early Brat-Halla stuff and compare it to now, you can barely tell it was drawn by the same guy! Now, I think I've got it nailed down (pretty much) and can only see improvement from here on out.
6) Are there any properties that exist outside of comic books that you would like to illustrate in comic form if the opportunity ever presented itself?
I would love to have a crack at the Harry Potter books.
7) You handled the art chores on I Hate Gallant Girl and the underlying message was basically to not judge a book by it's cover. What's the biggest misconception people have about you?
I draw really fast. I always have. I think that most people associate the speed at which I draw with rushing. I've been told to slow down, because this looks sloppy or that looks sloppy. To prove a point, I finished up the next couple of pages (in my normal time and pace) but didn't turn them in together. I held on to the pages and turning them in one day at a time. This gave the impression that I was working slower and taking my time. When I heard back about the condition of the pages I was commended on how well they looked because I had taken my time. I think I finally told everyone a year later that I was sitting on pages and really just did what I've always done.
8) Are you a sports fan, and if so, what teams do you follow?
I'm a pretty big sports fan. I grew up loving the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox. When I moved to Michigan, I sort of couldn't help rooting for the Detroit Tigers. I am a Chicago Bears fan and a Detroit Lions fan (by default). I am a huge Detroit Red Wings fan. I've been called a "wing-nut" numerous times. I even went to the Winter Classic game between the Red Wings and Blackhawks on New Years day at Wrigley Field a few years ago!
9) What is the most difficult part of your job as an artist?
For me the most difficult part is finding time to do it! Between my lovely wife and 15 month old daughter, and a day job where I'm averaging 50-60 hours a week, it gets a little tricky.
10) Have you ever experienced something that may not ONLY be explained by the existence of extra-terrestrial life but COULD be?
I don't recall. But that could be the whole point, couldn't it? Hmmm...
The debut of the brand new Shadowline series, XENOHOLICS #1 hits comic shops next Wednesday. Be sure to buy it, or you just may get abducted by Little Green Men and dropped off in a cow pasture for your insolence!