article by Gene Turnbow, interview transcription by PK
R.C. Young's "Witchman", premiere issue

R.C. Young's "Witchman", premiere issue

During my visit to the Long Beach Comic Convention on October 30, 2011, I happened the display booth of artist/writer  R.C. Young and her independent, self published comic series called “Witchman”. From the web site, “Witchman” is a three book, 15 issue comic book series created by independent artist, R.C. Young. It tells the tale of a masked hero in a fantasy world where magic is power and evil comes in monstrous forms…

Witchman is set in a mystical realm appropriate to the sword and sorcery theme.  The title character rarely – if ever – appears without his mask, and comes from a different world or parallel reality.  He doesn’t seem to be a superhero, really, he’s more of an adventurer with magical powers – so from what I can see he has no apparent need of a secret identity.  Perhaps there’s an explanation for this that I just haven’t read yet.  Also unanswered is why he’s considered a witch, and not a warlock.

These aside, Witchman has a bright, clean approachable visual style as well as being a fast fun read.  It passes the critical test for comic books: the cover makes you want to pick it up and open it, and each page makes you want to flip to the next one to see what happens next.    The character design looks like it was designed for animation.  From a purely artistic standpoint, the transition to animation would be doable without changing things too much.

Here’s the interview:

Gene Turnbow for Krypton Radio:   I see you have four issues of the Witchman comic; this is quite a labor of love! I’ve been reading through some of these, and I see it’s a nice clean approachable style. Some very interesting story development going on, and definitely some very interesting characters. Can you tell us a little about Witchman, how you got started and what brought you to the space you’re at now, and where’s Witchman going in the future?

 RC: Sure, well I work in the animation industry, so I do a lot of fun work. But I’m working for other people, and so Witchman is my little pet-project. Something I can do for myself ya’know, completely on my own and have complete creative control over it.

 It’s something I enjoy doing and I always find spare time to do it, I’m like always working on it to some degree. I hope to continue to do this ya’know, for as long as I can. I already have a fifteen issue plot planned out and hopefully I can get through it; I’m at issue four and working on five right now, and I’m continuing to look forward to working on this.

 KR: So these are very high quality materials, and I don’t see very much advertising in your comics… In fact I don’t see any at all. How are you getting these onto paper, and how are you doing in terms of the project being self sustaining?

 RC: Uh well you know, it’s an investment I think. But it’s something I enjoy doing, and I always get a thrill selling an issue to someone, because it’s something I did completely on my own. As for getting it onto paper, yeah I do everything myself and then send it to a printer. Totally out of pocket, but it’s what I love to do.

 KR: As for, do you feature your comic online as well?

 RC: Yes, but in bits, I usually use the site to promote the comic and will have a few pages up at a time. I have a lot of character bios and artwork from the comics, as well as information on the conventions I’ll be attending that year, stuff like that. You can also order the comic via the website too!

 KR: I see, that’s great! So how long ago did you start doing this, and did you have any particular inspiration to start with?

 RC: Um, I’ve been working on it; I mean I really started writing the story back when I was in college. I only started creating the actual books a few years ago; as far as my inspiration, it’s mostly come from animation and just anything that interested me since my childhood. All the cartoon shows I watched, whatever comic books I did read, all that stuff. My story, (Witchman) is a combination of a little bit of everything that interested me throughout my life.

 KR: You say you work in the animation industry, what do you do specifically?

 RC: I work as an animator. Occasionally I work doing storyboarding and hope to get into that more in the future.

 KR: How do you feel you’ve been doing, or in terms of Witchman’s popularity, has it been growing over the years?

 RC: I have a few followers I see come to multiple shows, and have collected every issue, I have a lot of people that come up for the first time, it seems like I get more people buying my comic at every convention. A lot of new people, so this is good, and hopefully they’ll continue to follow it on the website and see that we have future shows.

 KR: Thank you so much for speaking with me Rachel, and we’ll help spread the word on Witchman!

 RC: Thank you!

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