SPACE and beyond coverage continues with an interview focus on Cody Pickrodt!
IH: So what can S.P.A.C.E peoples expect if they cross your path at the upcoming convention?
CP: People can expect to find the preview edition of my new series, the dystopian fantasy epic "Reptile Museum" as well as various mini comics.
IH: Despite the current state of S.C.A.D, you're an alumni and I've rubbed elbows with a few of their former students. It's a very talented group! I mean, I pay attention! Who or what are your own influences and peers when it comes to the creation equation?
CP: What's the current state of SCAD? I haven't been to Savannah since I graduated. I'm more curious about that... As for my fellow SCAD Alumni, those from my graduating class enjoying relative success are Kristian Donaldson and the Luna Brothers. I don't talk to them so much these days--we're all very busy--but when I do, they've always got something new in the works. Then there's folks like Nate Neal and Robyn Chapman who graduated before me. Nate used to contribute to MOME, and it's a shame they don't print anymore. It was a great avenue for new talent. Robyn edited TRUE PORN, which I rifled through at SPX a few years back, and regrettably didn't buy because I was tapped out by then--now a copy fetches $95 on Amazon! That's the kind of stuff she should be doing again. I wonder if THICKNESS editors Ryan Sands and Michael Deforge were in anyway inspired by Chapman's TRUE PORN?
There are so many anthologies currently circulating, now seems to be the year for anthologies in comics (so I guess it's not so bad that MOME is out-of-print). I'm appearing in at least five this year. In fact, right now I'm working with Sara Drake, who by the way is also from Columbus, OH, on a collaborative piece for the Philadelphia anthology SECRET PRISON, edited by Ian Harker and Pat Aulisio.
As for my influences peer-wise, that is to say, those that get my juices flowing are folks like Box Brown, also from Philly, who's working on a massive graphic novel about Andre the Giant, and who's current mini comic CHUBBY CHASERS I can't wait to get. There's also Josh Bayer, who edited one of the anthologies I'm in, SUSPECT DEVICE 2. Last summer I met Ludovic Debeurme. He's one of the nicest guys in comics, and his book LUCILLE helped to pull me out of a creative rut.
Before, making comics was painful. My content was painful. My process was painful. I used to labor over every comic page, thinking that my suffering would make my work somehow purposeful, but when I saw how effortless and joyful Ludovic's pages were, it reminded me that drawing should be fun.
There's so many contemporaries I enjoy, I apologize to anyone I didn't mention.
IH: Is this your first time at a convention like S.P.A.C.E? If not, what can one expect when they find themselves nshrouded amongst Independent artists and creators? It's not like a faux pas, pretentious art critique right? What's your history in this field?
CP: I've been to a few conventions, but this is my first time at S.P.A.C.E. I usually stick to the East Coast due to geographic and logistical restrictions. Comics people are weird people and conventions are an odd place. I remember Chris Ware saying something like he HATED comic conventions and that they were detrimental to the comic artist. Communing, making friends, schmoozing... That's the opposite of what a cartoonist should be doing, which is being solitary and working--making comics. A note to attendees: Please don't stand there and read my comic cover to cover, smile, say thanks, and walk away. Don't turn me into a library. Plus, it's rude. But I suppose that's what a comic convention can be, an consortium of awkward moments.
IH: Okay, Thanks Cody so last couple of questions? Any other projects on the drawing board, where can people contact you for commissions or preview your work?
CP: "Reptile Museum" is my magnum opus. Starting this Summer/Fall I plan on serializing bi-monthly in print for as long it takes to finish the story, which by my rough calculations might be 10 years! You can also find my illustrations for fiction pieces on http://www.artfaccia.com where I am also the comics editor. The main resource for all my work, and where you can purchase original artwork and comics is: http://www.codypickrodt.com
And don't forget my anthologies like LIES GROWN UPS TOLD ME (which is nominated for Stumptown Award - vote here:
http://www.stumptowncomics.com/awards.php), SECRET PRISON #666 and SUSPECT DEVICE 2.
Remember, all this week, The Outhouse will be showcasing SPACE! If you live in the Mid-West and are looking to check out some great small press comics, be sure to come!
The Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE)
The Mid-West's Largest Exhibition of Small Press, Alternative and Creator Owned Comics
Over 170 exhibitors
April 21 & 22 Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 10am-5pm
Ramada Plaza Hotel And Conference Center in Columbus.
4900 Sinclair Road Columbus, OH 43229
Off I71 at the Morse / Sinclair exit. Free Parking!
Admission $5.00 per day and $8.00 per weekend.
Written or Contributed by: J.M. Hunter