Today Dragons Beware! creators Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado are at The Hiding Spot to interview Owly creator Andy Runton! This interview series was co-sponsored by Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. You can follow the full blog tour here.
Rafael/Jorge: Andy, thanks so much for answering our questions. And so nice to cyber-meet you.
Andy: Absolutely! It's great to meet you as well. :)Rafael/Jorge: How do go about writing Owly, since it’s a silent comic? Do you write an outline first or just write/draw as you go?
Andy: All of my stories come from real-life situations that are then customized for the Owly universe. I think of the story in my mind and write down a few notes. I'll do a quick summary and then I just start sketching. Most of the time this is when the details come into play so I really don't know how the story is going to really work until I start drawing. I know where it's headed but it doesn't really come to life until it's on paper.Rafael/Jorge: Will we ever see an animated Owly special or TV series? Do you have any interest in that?
Andy: We actually worked hard to get an Owly series off the ground a while back and made a great little short with the help of Sprite Animation (who are absolutely fantastic! - you can see it here: http://www.andyrunton.com/goodies.html). We had a few offers but it never worked out. I'll keep working on Owly stories and maybe someday it'll happen.Rafael/Jorge: What contemporary cartoonists influence your work these days?
Andy: I was hugely influenced by all of the comics and illustrated children's books I read growing up. My biggest comic influences are Bill Watterson, all of the artists that worked on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (especially Eric Talbot) and Mike Mignola.Rafael/Jorge: What are you working on now?
Andy: I'm actually working on a few side projects with plans to get started on the next full-length Owly graphic novel soon.Rafael/Jorge: What's on your nightstand?
Andy: Exploring Calvin & Hobbes, The Art of Richard Thompson, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, and Band by Christine & Erin Humiston.
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