Digging Up the Past

Meet the Writer – Derrick Crow

When did you start writing?

I grew up creating long arcing stories with my toys that would last years, always riffs on the shows I loved growing up, like Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, & Yu-Gi-Oh. I guess I started fiddling with the idea of writing when I was around 14 or 15 with fan-fics over the years and coming up with original stories, which usually also ended up being riffs on things.

What are your favorite things to write?

I try to make a point not to stick to a single genre, however sci-fi and adventure are probably my favorite things to write. I’ve also found myself writing more and more horror lately

Who are some of your artistic inspirations?

Satoshi Kon is #1. His blend of reality with the dream world is unparalleled as is his editing skills for seamless transitions in his animated shows. Others include, and I’m aware of how cliché they sound, are Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and Alan Moore. For my young mind growing up, they were the mainstream legends pushing the boundaries of what mainstream comics could do. I also love the works of Tom King, Dan Slott, Mark Russell, and Rick Remender. For a non-English creative I love the works of: Chiaki J. Konaka. Look him up.

Any projects you’re working on or looking forward to working on?

I have a webcomic I launched this year through Foreign Press Comics called NATALITY, an anthology style where every other week is a brand new story but bubbling under the surface is a singular narrative that will eventually tie it all together. http://www.foreignpresscomics.com/natality

What’s a good way for fans to check out your work?

Check out Natality at www.foreignpress.com/natality and me on DeviantArt username Kaze-Flash-Deviant and Twitter @KazekunForever.

Meet the Artist – Clemente Castillo

How long have you been drawing?

I started drawing with intent back around middle school. I would go to the library often, and one day I saw a “how to draw manga” book.

What’s one of your favorite things to draw?

I’m a huge fan of drawing wings and perspective. Being able to fill space with background details is just so fun for me to do. As for wings? I just like them, any kind of them.

Who are some of your artistic inspirations?

Artists like the group clamp, Fred Gallagher and Stjepan Šejić have made me constantly finish reading a page of their work and think “I need to draw something right now.”

Any projects you’re working on or looking forward to working on?

There is one that’s been in my mind that I’d like to get back into. It’s in spaaaaaace. Or well, the moon, but that’s still in spaaaaaace.

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