Over at GamesRadar, Chris Arrant has an interview with Comicraft founder Richard Starkings, offering a thoughtful and positive take on the comics industry, and the need to adapt to survive in difficult times, which makes for a refreshing read…
As Chris notes, Richard has seen and experienced a lot in comic books. Over the past four decades, since his time at Marvel UK, bringing us The Real Ghostbusters weekly and Death’s Head, the writer/ editor/ letterer has worked for virtually every major comic book company.
At Comicraft, alongside John Roshell and others, he’s also helped innovate the art of lettering that touches on virtually every US comic book for the past 20 years.
As the world battles the Coronavirus Pandemic, which has had a major impact on the comics industry worldwide, as it has on other creative arts, Richard, who has also been interviewed about Elephantmen 2261 Season 3: Theo Laroux Meets The Elephantmen, the new volume of his creator-owned series Elephantmen on GamesRadar, remains refreshingly optimistic.
“Way back in the ’90s when Will Eisner was the keynote speaker at PRO/CON he looked out at the professionals in the audience and said, very plainly: ‘Congratulations! You’re the survivors!’”, Richard tells Chris.
“We were in a big slump after the Image [Comics] explosion of the early ’90s and there was a lot of talk about the industry being in severe decline.
“At San Diego the following year, there were tumbleweeds rolling by to the sound of crickets at Comic Con! I remember thinking it would probably be one of the last San Diego shows!
“How wrong could I have been!”
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