5 Questions with… Creator Christopher English

1) On what project are you currently working?

I am currently working on “Realms” #4 which is scheduled to be released in December. “Realms” is an anthology science fiction and fantasy magazine in the vein of Heavy Metal that’s created with Midjourney.
Also down the pipeline is “Steampunk City,” volume 1 also done with Midjourney.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

I started reading comics in the late 1970s. My favorites wound up being John Byrne, George Perez, and Walt Simonson. Walt Simonson actually grew up right around the block from me. If I had known that, I would have bothered him to no end. LOL.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

I always drew because I was so into comics. In fourth grade, two other friends and I created a comic book company and would sell (or try to sell) our comics to other fourth graders. In junior high school I created and photocopied my comic, How to Draw based on Marvel’s How to Draw the Marvel Way and the school newspaper did an article on me. I used to go to high school right off Times Square and that’s when I discovered Heavy Metal and was blown away by the artwork. I went to the High School for Graphic Communications Arts so for a school project I printed a magazine like Heavy Metal in the school. Heavy Metal had boobs so I added boobs to my mag and the school printed it not realizing it until all those copies were printed. My shop teacher got into trouble. LMAO. But yea, I was always involved in drawing. I was inspired by everything I saw. I’d make comics like Dave Sim’s Cerebus and Wendy Pini’s, Elfquest. My tastes were very eclectic.
But then life took over and I hadn’t drawn in more than 20 years. I started trying to draw again and was super frustrated to learn that I had lost most of my ability. I gripped the pencil too tight and it hurt to hold. I didn’t even quite know where to begin as far as putting pencil to paper. People that I grew up with were shocked to learn that I no longer draw. Especially when they remember as the person that when they were buying clothes and sneakers, I was the person buying Design brand makers trying to imitate the style of Cheech Wizard.
So I gave up on my dream of creating a comic until this whole AI art thing started to take off and I realized that even though I no longer draw, I could still fulfill my bucket list and create a real comic and get it properly printed which was something that really expensive to do back in those days. I know a few people that created AI comics and offered them as free downloads, but from the onset, I knew that I wanted to sell mine which I did and I’ve reached the top of the Amazon’s Steampunk, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Kindle charts.
I know artists are up in arms over AI art and I definitely understand why, but I see it as a tool like everything else. Art is going to go through the same thing that music and to a smaller extent film is going through. With the barrier to entry so much lower and everyone being able to easily create content.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

I have no desire to work on anyone’s stuff but my own. No. I’d love to contribute something to Heavy Metal but beyond that, I’m good.

5) On what project will you be working next?

As stated, my next project is a comic called “Steampunk City.” It features a detective who’s like the Archie Bunker of detectives. He says whatever’s on his mind with no filter. It’s definitely not for the “woke.”

Find English’s work here and here.

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