Getting down to the wire here, but luckily we have nothing but SPACE! to look up to! More pre-interview coverage betwixt the InDiY Hunter and our next guest Phil Machi!
IH: Hi Phil, so you'll be at SPACE this year, can you tell us what it is you do and what people can expext at your table?
PH: Well, hello there, yourself! People who visit the Livestock Productions table (#53) can expect hilarity to ensue because what I do is make ridiculous banter with people while simultaneously blowing their minds with my amazing ability to be humble......in short, I enjoy making people laugh. Also, I draw comics! Specifically, my current on-going comic strip "Retail Sunshine" -- which is about a group of stick figures who work in retail electronics.
IH: Walk us through the creative process. What steps do you take to create your comics? Go too tools?
PH: For me everything starts with some real quality junk food. Not that cheap stuff at the dollar store. After that, I would say everyday life at my retail job is key because I draw my inspiration from the interactions I have there. My goal in comics has always been to pull inspiration from personalities and human motivations. To me, those things are the most relatable. After that I come up with something that someone did or said (or usually, a consistant thing that MANY people do or say) and I write a quick story idea to get the ball rolling. From there I draw a micro-comic plan for myself to get an idea about timing and character poses. After that I use magic words to have a comic strip mystically appear in front of you with little to no effort on my part and you're left wondering if I even bother to own a pencil!
IH: Is this your first SPACE show? How'd you learn about the show?
PH: Yup, this is my first year at SPACE! I've been hearing about the show for probably the last 5 years at other conventions and because it conflicted with a different show in the town I live in, I never could make it. SPACE always came highly recommended and what I'm most excited about is how this show focuses on the indie-talent circuit. So many of the bigger name shows rely on celebrity talent (most of them un-related to the comics industry) to draw a crowd. For me, these events have always been about comics, the people who love them and the people who love making them.
You COULD say that I'm looking forward to making love this weekend at SPACE...but that would probably sound inappropriate so don't say that.
IH: What do you want people to take away from your work?
PH: People should take away things they have already paid for...otherwise, that would be shoplifting! Oh, wait...you meant...OK, I got it now. Let me start that over. I love to entertain but if people take the time to see beyond the obvious joke-telling they'll find I also try to expose the character flaws of the general populous. I think that having a message is good, but sharing it through humor, without simply preaching it to people is even better.
IH: Do you have any future projects planned?
In the world of Phil Machi what would be the dream project you've yet to realize?
PH: The problem is that I have too many future projects planned and I also love video games! This is truly a curse! But as far as a dream project is concerned, I started a graphic novel a few years back (un-related to anything I'll have at SPACE) and I would really love to finish that story. As for a more realistic goal, I'm hoping to have 100 episodes of "Retail Sunshine" finished by the end of this year so I can publish those comics into one big collection.
IH: Lastly, where can they find you on the internets?
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