Welcome back True Believers, we are here once again at the vast Root Beer Party Estates in an undisclosed location, in a undiscovered region of a long lost continent and we are bringing to you live a one on one interview with our esteemed Root Beer Party Member and noted, award winning, and certified master of the squared panel, Brian Ponshock! You can find his work here:
Mindframe comic: http://mindframecartoons.blogspot.com/
Prideland w/ Ryan Stoker: http://www.comicssherpa.com/site/feature?uc_comic=csaoa
So let’s bring over a frosty mug of root beer and get right to it:
Question 1: What got you started in doing a comic series?
Comic strips/panels have always been a big part of my life, and it was always something I dreamt of doing, so I finally took the leap into to creating something people could get a bit of a chuckle from. That’s when ‘Mindframe’ was born… and Prideland was soon to follow!
Question 2: Who was you greatest influence?
Definitely Charles Schulz! When I was little I constantly drew Snoopy lying on top of his dog house. Oh how I wish I could have met him.
Question 3: What is your favorite root beer and why?
I still enjoy A&W. We used to have one in town (back in the day), so I guess a may be a reminiscent thing of why I enjoy it.
Question 4: What do you hope to accomplish with your comic?
As so many of us would like… syndication baby!!!
Question 5: Do you have any other artistic interests outside of comics?
I would like to try my hand at animation, but there is only so much time in a given day!
Question 6: Do you see yourself as a professional cartoonist, or is this just something you do for yourself?
I do consider myself a cartoonist. Be it professional or amateur.
Question 7: What type of subject or humor do you consider out of bounds for your strips and why?
Anything that pertains to children being abused or victims of violent crimes. I just think it would be in poor taste.
Question 8: What kind of equipment or style of drawing do you use?
I use Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga Studio) on a Wacom Cintiq 22HD. I’ll sketch out the panels in blue and go over them with black. Everything is done on layers. So much easier for me to make corrections, but don’t get me wrong… there’s nothing that compares to pencil on paper!
Question 9: what sort of training or academic program did you pursue to become a cartoonist?
I am self-taught. Practice, practice, practice!
Question 10: What has been the highlight of your cartooning career?
Mindframe winning the Twain Award 2014-2015 for best single panel cartoon.
Question 11: What has been the lowest point in your cartooning career?
Waiting to be syndicated. It’s exhausting! Ha!
Question 12: Are collections of your work available beyond the web? If So where?
Not at this time, but soon.
Question 13: Are there any other web comic artists that you really admire?
Ryan Stoker (of course I may be a bit biased on this one), Mike Wilke, Neecko Chichi, Bill Abbott, Jose Sepi, Eddie Harvey Martinez, Jordan Smith, Steve Wallet, Mark Partington, and sooooooooooo many others. Please don’t take it personally if I haven’t listed you here. Just know I’m watching you! Is that creepy? That is creepy, isn’t it?!
Question 14: What kind of impact has cartooning had on your life and could you ever see yourself not doing it?
It has given my life more meaning. I love hearing when others really enjoy what I’ve created. Cartooning is now so intertwined with my life it would be like cutting off an arm if I didn’t do it.
Question 15: Do you have any advice for the Trolls out there who harass content creators? (no need to keep this answer clean.)
Fuck ‘em! Their opinions are just that… opinions! Everybody has them.
Question 16: Do you set yourself any deadlines or other tricks to keep yourself motivated?
With a daily job it can be difficult, but I do try to draw every day.
Question 17: Apart from root beer, what is your favorite drink?
Oh boy… a good gin & sour or an occasional Long Island Iced Tea. Not both at the same time though. You’d be scraping me up off the floor!
Question 18: Are you already a member of the root beer party and if not, what is the matter with you?
I am, man! Stop hollering at me!!!
(SORRY, SOMETIMES THE ROOT BEER GETS ME TOO EXCITED!!!!) -EDITOR
Question 19: What is the most challenging aspect of cartooning for you?
I would have to say drawing action scenes. They can be difficult, and being a perfectionist, I feel I never seem to get it drawn the way I want.
Question 20: What are your future plans involving web comics or anything else going on in your life?
Just plan to keep on creating & hopefully make a little money at it too! After that…. world domination! Mmmmmhaaahaaaahaaaaaaaaaa!
So there you have it True Believers, another of our world famous 20 questions interviews. We would like to thank Brian, our future benevolent overlord for taking time to visit the secret Root Beer Party Estates and sitting down with us. So check out Prideland and Mindframe and tell your local syndicate to make with the syndication already! Unless your local syndicate is the mafia, then don’t bother them because it would not end well, and as always True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.