I had the opportunity this last weekend to walk the Long Beach Comic & Horror Con. The past 3 years I have attended as a budding young (well old) artist and enjoyed my time in the Artist Alley. From the veteran creators of the comic industry to the new faces looking to tell their own stories, there is an overall drive of creativity, energy and passion for the comic medium. The diversity of styles, content, ages and viewpoints just show how much people love comics. I took this time walking the isle of the Artist Alley to interview a wide range of creators, all of whom are very driven, thoughtful and extremely passionate.
May name is Karl Altstaetter and I am a comic book creator and toy inventor/designer.
My favorite thing about being a comic creator is the work it self. After many years of working in comics I still get a lot of joy out of the craft of making the comics. That marriage of pictures and words it’s still something that gets me excited to create.
My least favorite thing is the wishing I had more time to create. I have so many ideas and not enough time to make them…but I keep trying.
My first self published book was called Deity that I created with Robert Napton in the 90’s. There was a lot of pressure to make it and it took a lot longer then I expected. From start to finish I think it took 6 months.
I think there are two ways for me to measure success in comics. The first is do the people who read my comics and enjoy my art like what I am creating. They are the audience and I feel when they are enjoying what I do I feel that’s one very important way to measure success. The other is comes from weather or not I succeeded in telling the story and conveying the emotion and excitement I set out to show. There is a sweet spot in there where you satisfy your inner artistic vision and at the same time you create something others can relate to and get the same amount of joy out of it that you put into it.
What should people expect from your work?
People can expect more interesting stories and exciting art.
Chris Waterman lives in Southern California. He is a life long comicbook fan and artist. You can check out some of his work at: http://radixrising.deviantart.com/