ARTIST INTERVIEW WITH ROB TAYLOR
Q: What is your name?
R: Rob Taylor
Q: Can you give us a little personal history and tell us something about your experiences growing up?
R: Well, I’ve always loved comics since I was a kids. Lots of kids in my neighborhood had them. I didn’t have any so I would go to their houses and read them. One day my mom came home from work and she had about 3 boxes. So now that I had my own kids would come by my house to read and draw all our favorites. At a young age I knew, this is what I wanted to do with my life. Draw comics.
Q: Have you always had an interest in the arts?
R: Yes. I’m an artist. So anything that remote related to what I did and wanted to do my interest was in it.
Q: Was there a particular artist or art style that influenced or inspired you?
R: Jack Kirby, Sal Buscema were my favorites. They were the greats. I think they inspired any who loved comics.
Q: What lead you into seeking the arts as a career?
R: It goes back into being a kid. Its something I did’nt have to think about doing. I was always drawing marvel and DC heroes. I thought if a drew the character the way the pro’s did, I could get a job in comics when i grew up.
Q: Do your personal beliefs or feeling affect your work?
R: Not at all. That’s something that I separate from comics. Its not that serious with me.
Q: Has your education had any influence on your work?
R: Well my college education played a small part in becoming a comic book artist. (1998-2000 Collins College. Tempe, Arizona BA,. Visual Communications) But the majority of my education came from within the industry. I interned with three comic companies before I went into college. So had my game plan down when I came back home. (NYC).
Q: Do you favor any particular medium (paints, pencils, computers, etc.)?
R: It took me years to train and get help from others learn as much as I could about the different mediums in creating comics. I like computer coloring but I’m an artist at heart. So that’s were I am now.
Q: What kind of assignments have you worked on?
R: Lets see, I worked on SPAWN as an managing editor, at Marvel I did one issue of Spider-man: THE END and production work on some of the Spider-man clone saga books. Acclaim Comics, I worked on the reboot of X-O Man of War. five issues. Just to name a few.(A little job history here.)
Q: Does any single art assignments, or works, standout in your mind?
R: I liked the Acclaim Comics stuff. I was their for six years. And I had the chance to touch on some of their properties being there.
Q: Do you work at anything other than the arts?
R: I write also and that takes the egde off sometime when I have been draw like 4 or 5 days straight.
Q: Why did you choose to participate in the Color of Comics exhibit?
R: I wanted to show my skills to the comic book community at large To let people know there are BLACK comic book artists and writers out there that are just as good as the main stream( without stepping on toes) artists.
Q: Since exhibiting the depiction of people of color is a aim of the COC, what part does cultural and/or racial diversity play in your art, and your art assignments?
R: I would say on a racial front that its important for people of color express this pop culture so than we can inspire others who never thought we exist. Therefore, we bring black characters to the forefront. Not as sidekicks and playing second to a white superhero. Our characters can take center stage do the job just as well or better.
Q: As an artist, what are your goals for the future?
R: Right now, i have my own comic book company that I am President and Publisher of -Superhuman Works. My goals to are distribute great comics and quality merchandise to our new readers and fans. I can’t see into the future but the journey ahead is a little rough but once we get there watch out! The mission for myself is to be the BLACK Stan Lee of comics. (I’m not reachin’. Honest )
Q: Do you have any advice or suggestions for young artists just starting out?
R: Stay the course! Let nothing stand in your way. If this is what you really want to do with your life, be ambitious, be creative and steadfast. Most of all you have to LOVE what your doing. Money is an important factor in this business but the love of it best of all. And make it FUN.
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