We are back once again True Believers with an all new interview with comic creators brought to you live from the Root Beer Party studios located at the vast Root Beer Party Estates in an undisclosed location of a far away land in an undiscovered country. Today we have with us Peter Delgado of RPG Blues and he has brought with him a vast photo collection of nuns? He seems very proud of this collection so we will humor him, but we know that what you really want to hear about is The magic behind the world famous comic RPG Blues.
You can catch up with the RPG Blues on his webpage here:
So let’s get to know Peter and the inner workings of RPG Blues:
Question 1: What got you started in doing a comic series?
Once upon a time, back it 1997, I was at home reading an issue of Dragon Magazine (if by any chance you just thought the word ‘nerd’ after reading the previous line, I swear to god, I’ll find out where you live and pelt you to death with my sparkly dice…….what?) and thumbed my way to the “dragon mirth” page. After reading a few of the strips I thought to myself that I could do this too and that’s how it started.
Question 2: Who was you greatest influence?
Stephen DeStefano , Wendy and Richard Pini, Sergio Aragone, Stan Sakai, Vaughn Bode, Berni Wrightson and Elzie Crisler Segar.
Question 3: What is your favorite root beer and why?
Question 4: What do you hope to accomplish with your comic?
Just to put a smile on someone’s face (cheesy, I know. but true).
Question 5: Do you have any other artistic interests outside of comics?
Does world domination count?
Question 6: Do you see yourself as a professional cartoonist, or is this just something you do for yourself?
My arts been published a lot over the years. But I don’t see myself as a pro by any means. I b a hack 😀
Question 7: What type of subject or humor do you consider out of bounds for your strips and why?
Politics/current events. It’s the easiest way to lose favor with readers.
Question 8: What kind of equipment or style of drawing do you use?
I’m old school, pencil/paper/inking pens and or color pencils/light box/scanner/photoshop.
Question 9: what sort of training or academic program did you pursue to become a cartoonist?
I went to The school of visual arts (4 years for cartooning/animation) and New York City College of Technology (2 years for advertising).
Question 10: What has been the highlight of your cartooning career?
The first time my work got published over @ Dragon Magazine.
Question 11: What has been the lowest point in your cartooning career?
The day my dad died back in 2003. On the same month when my first compilation book came out. He was excited about it (more than me) but never got the chance to see it. I stop cartooning for a while and almost gave it up completely because of it.
Question 12: Are collections of your work available beyond the web? If So where?
Rpg Blues ran in several issues of Dragon Magazine before moving on to Knights of the Dinner Table Magazine where it ran for 2 and a half years. It also spawned 2 compilation books published by Wingnut Games.
Question 13: Are there any other web comic artists that you really admire?
I’ve meet a lot of talented/amazing cartooning peeps thanks to Twitter. And thus, waaaay too many to list.
Question 14: What kind of impact has cartooning had on your life and could you ever see yourself not doing it?
See myself not cartooning??? Blasphemous!! *rage!* But seriously, I never thought about it. I’ll get back to you on that.
Question 15: Do you have any advice for the Trolls out there who harass content creators? (no need to keep this answer clean.)
I don’t have the time to write a 1,800 page essay about that subject.
Question 16: Do you set yourself any deadlines or other tricks to keep yourself motivated?
I use to. To the point where I made myself physically sick. Nowadays, I try not to force it. If the art wants to be done, then it’ll be done and not before. Unless it’s a paying gig, then that’s different.
Question 17: Apart from root beer, what is your favorite drink?
Question 18: Are you already a member of the root beer party and if not, what is the matter with you?
(Of course you are, despite your aversion to root beer and your obsession with nuns, we welcome you into our ranks. -Editor)
Question 19: What is the most challenging aspect of cartooning for you?
Trying to come up with ideas for strips that are funny/witty.
Question 20: What are your future plans involving comics or anything else going on in your life?
I try not to make plans (they never work out the way you hope) I just take things as the come and run with it.
So there you have it True Believers, a peek into the mind of one of today’s top comic creators. We are signing off now, but tune in next week for another one of our world famous interview segments. Until Next time True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your Root Beer always foamy. We will leave you with some more of Peter’s great work: