Chad Hardin on Crowd Sourcing, Indie Comics, and More

Chad Hardin on Crowd Sourcing, Indie Comics, and More

Posted by February 1, 2019 Comment

Chad Hardin teamed up with Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti in 2013 to re-invent Harley Quinn for DC Comics, and provided interior art for a good chunk of that series’ run, as well as covers for some of the biggest titles in the DC Universe. Chad took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk shop with us.

Courtesy Chad Hardin

Bleeding Cool: Hey, Chad! How are you today?

Chad Hardin: Fantastic!

Bleeding Cool: Great to hear! You’re about to wrap up a Kickstarter campaign, how’s that been going?

Chad Hardin:Better than I could have ever hoped for. We asked for $9,500 got that in 5 hours.

Bleeding Cool: For those not in the know, you were funding a series of sketch books, right?

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Chad Hardin: Yes, and we actually reached our last stretch goal today so we’re scrambling to make new ones. It is a collection of original art done for commissions, that haven’t been published outside of social media.

Bleeding Cool: Nice! From what we’ve seen, there’s a pretty wide range of subjects in there!

Chad Hardin: Oh yeah, I get asked to do all types of commissions, mostly Harley Quinn stuff, and there are a few works that have been published that I did sort of process breakdown for artist who are looking for insights.

Bleeding Cool: Oh, cool! We’ve seen some pretty great sketchbook projects from people like Jake Parker, there’s a lot to learn about the process for people who want to get into comics.

Chad Hardin: Yeah Jake’s stuff is amazing, and what I envy about his projects are that they are all his original characters. I’ve been mostly a company man for DC but I’m trying break into the independent creator owned business.

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Bleeding Cool: You have a motive behind this project, too! Can you talk about Temerity a bit?

Chad Hardin: Temerity started as talk between one of my former students (Jemma Young) and I about what I would do if I could self publish. I basically said I would want to do a space opera with manga flavoring,and she had a story she had been working on but needed an artist, so we started collaborating and now were about ready to go

Bleeding Cool: Last time we chatted, you described it as a combination of Robotech and something else?

Chad Hardin: Relationship anime like Ouran Host Club; soap opera meets space opera.

Bleeding Cool: That’s going to be a lot of fun! How far into the process are you two?

Chad Hardin: We are about 1/2 way done with the first issue as far as art goes, but I had to keep pausing to take on freelance for financial reasons so it kept getting put on hold… I need a sugar daddy! (laughs)

Temerity Art Courtesy Chad Hardin

Bleeding Cool: And that’s where the Kickstarter campaign comes in, right?

Chad Hardin: Yes, it was Jemma’s idea to kick start the art books so I could finish Temerity without having to resort to freelance that would take me away from the project.

Bleeding Cool: What are your thoughts on crowd-sourcing platforms like Kickstarter, especially when it comes to independent projects like yours?

Chad Hardin: Well, its a godsend, because otherwise I just have to chip away at it and at the pace I ‘m going to would take years. I’m a firm believer in Indie/web comics, I believe they will be the future of all comics but the financial model is still up in the air, without kick starting a lot of these Indie books just would not be happening.

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Bleeding Cool: We’ve seen some success with a couple of projects like Atomic Robo, that start out with a web release, then crowd-source the graphic novel. It seems to work!

Chad Hardin: Yeah, Marat Micheals, Brian Pullido,  and Jamie Tyndall all have done really well not only surviving but thriving with the kick-starting their books.

Bleeding Cool: Between Temerity and teaching, have you had any time to work on anything else?

Chad Hardin: Covers, I have 5 that I’m trying to finish right now… One for Mike Grell‘s Maggie the Cat, and my best friend’s novel, I’m doing a cover for that.

Bleeding Cool: Nice! When you’re not in creator mode, what are you favorite titles?

Chad Hardin: I follow artists; I love Sean Gordan MurphyGreg Capillo… (laughs) I keep thinking of people’s avatars! Loish, Mel Milton, Miko, and of course guys like J. Scott, and Arthur Adams… People who everyone in comics love.

Bleeding Cool: Chad, we appreciate you for taking a few minutes to talk with us, please keep us up to date on Temerity when you have a chance!

Chad Hardin: Thank you so much for helping to spead the word and thank you for eveyone who backed the project, it will lead to awesome things I promise!

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About Leigh Kade

Leigh George Kade is a writer, sculptor, and illustrator out of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been a panelist on the Geekshow Podcast for over ten years, and is the Painter in Residence at Shiv Games.

(Last Updated February 1, 2019 10:39 am )

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