We were lucky enough to catch up with Ricky Eaddy of Big Tree Comics. Check out what he had to say:
G33k-HQ: please start by telling us a little of you and your product and projects. please include web sites an facebook pages. upcoming events. some pictures for the article would be nice.
Currently I just finished my first comic book. It’s called “Whyte & Wong” and the story is about a veteran, by the book, homicide detective Carter Whyte who recently lost his long time partner to retirement and now has to take on newly promoted, fun loving, jokester, loose cannon rookie detective Trevor Wong. The story is a comedy, with some action mixed in. I also do a side project called “Vocabularious” which is a web comic. It can be found at vocabularious.smackjeeves.com
. It’s a single panel comic with something going on and is accompanied by a “vocabulary” that describes the scene. I like to think of it as low brow humor meets high brow lexicon. As for upcoming shows, I will be doing a FCBD appearance at Comics and Collectibles in Sacramento and also will be appearing at A-1 comics in Roseville on June 6th
. Stockton-Con Aug 8th-9th
and Sac-Con Oct. 25th
G33k-HQ: When did you first start writing/drawing comics?
Ricky Eaddy: I’ve been drawing since I was little and was always into comics from the newspapers. I would buy newspapers just for the comics and toss the rest, so a lot of influence comes from that style. I’ve been doing comics since probably 7th grade or so and it probably wasn’t until the last 3 years, I started showing them to people. I would just draw things that made me laugh, then stick it in a drawer or something.
G33k-HQ: When did you first decide that you wanted to create your own comics as a career?
Ricky Eaddy: I’ve always wanted to do art, but I never really knew where to get started. I give a lot of credit to my friend Kyrun Silva who got Big Tree Comics started. He the an idea that he wanted to do a book and start create Big Tree. He motivated me, with the idea that it is possible.
G33k-HQ: Who has had the biggest influence on you outside the comics industry, and how did they affect your life?
Ricky Eaddy: The biggest influence on me has been my wife Shanall. She pushed me and motivated me to get my work done, and when I doubted myself she kept pushing. She laughed at my good jokes and was very blunt with me when something didn’t work.
G33k-HQ: Who has had the biggest influence on your comics career, and how has that person changed your work?
Ricky Eaddy: I have lots of influences when it comes to comics. Mostly going back to comic strips, Gary Larson obviously, Bill Watterson, Charles Schultz, and Natalie Dee is amazing. From the comic book industry I really appreciate great writers, so I love Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon, Jeph Loeb and Kelly Sue Deconnick. From an art standpoint I really love what Robert Atkins did with the IDW GI Joe reboot, and I also really dig Josh Howards, Dead@17
G33k-HQ: Describe your typical work routine.
Ricky Eaddy: I actually get most of my work done, at my regular 9-5. I have some gaps of time in between work, so that when I get a lot of drawing and writing done.
G33k-HQ: What tools do you use to create comics and what makes them the “right tools” for you?
Ricky Eaddy: I’m kinda old school basic I guess, a wooden 2H leaded pencil and Micron pens. I’m still working my way into digital coloring, kinda learning the ropes. But I’ve always been most comfortable with a pencil.
G33k-HQ: Do you draw/write freehand or do you story board first?
Ricky Eaddy: I mostly storyboard when drawing for the comic book, I need to know layouts ahead of time. But when I’m drawing Vocabularious, I just do it.
G33k-HQ: What were the challenges in bringing your ideas to life?
Ricky Eaddy: The biggest challenge is trying to write individual personalities for every character. You want everyone to be unique and different, but also to be believable. But I got of friends in my life who I draw inspiration from, so there’s little bit of them in all my characters.
G33k-HQ: What is the hardest thing you’ve ever written?
Ricky Eaddy: The hardest thing I’ve ever written is the many half finished screenplays I have. I love movies, so it’s been a dream of mine to write a screenplay, but it’s not easy…at all!
G33k-HQ: What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?
Ricky Eaddy: Watching movies with my wife, and playing video games with my kids. We’re always so busy so it’s great whenever we can get some family time in.
G33k-HQ: Every comic writer has a “great unwritten comic” what is yours?
Ricky Eaddy: This is tough because I don’t want to give anything away from future projects, but another story I am developing is about an EMT who becomes a serial killer to find a suitable organ donor for his dying wife.
G33k-HQ: If you had to live the rest of your life as a characters from any book which one would it be?
Ricky Eaddy: Definitely Destro, unlimited piles of cash, your own island, private army of Iron Grenadiers, and the Baroness…yeah no brainer.
G33k-HQ: Cast the movie for one of your novels.
Ricky Eaddy: Well, my favorite novel was The Princess Bride…so it was already done
G33k-HQ: What element of your work gives you the most personal satisfaction?
Ricky Eaddy: Hearing someone laugh when reading my stuff, its also just as satisfying when there is not an immediate laugh, but kind of a puzzled look on their face as the gears are turning that turns into a smile or laughter as they finally get the joke.
G33k-HQ: What has been the most rewarding project in your professional career – in or out of comics – and why?
Ricky Eaddy: Most rewarding by far is Whyte & Wong, I thought it was funny idea and I took that from an idea to paper to print. It’s an amazing feeling holding your first book fresh from the printer.
G33k-HQ: Time to get philosophical: What’s the most important “big idea” that you’ve learned in life – in or out of comics – and why is it important?
Ricky Eaddy: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Life is hard enough, without you being your biggest critic. Laugh, play, have a good time…make memories.
G33k-HQ: Define Geek in your own words.
Ricky Eaddy: Geek is all about passion. It’s something you love, and something you love sharing and discussing.
G33k-HQ: We’ve all met very talented newcomers who are trying to get their first professional projects. What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard given to a promising new creator?
Ricky Eaddy: Draw everyday! Literally everyday. Don’t stop, don’t be afraid to show your work to others. Don’t take artistic criticism personal, learn from it, apply it, try new things and most importantly be proud of your work.
G33k-HQ: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Ricky Eaddy: I just hope you find something funny, humor is huge part of our lives and everyone likes to laugh. I’ll keep trying my best to get a chuckle out of you.
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