Welcome to a new feature on Comic Book Pitt, "Past, Present, and Future with...". Every week we'll spotlight a different comic book creator, ask a few questions, and maybe get to know them and their process a little better. First up is Tim Aymar, writer/artist of his self-published book, ALIEN SCIENCE...
Past, Present, and Future with...Tim Aymar
What got you into comics?
"A lot of things got me into comics, but I would say my earliest memories were the Adam West Batman show and the old Marvel cartoons from the 60s. They led me to seeking out the actual books. And then Star Wars led me to Al Williamson and his gorgeous science fiction art. From there, I learned there were insanely talented creators doing a lot of work for little money. There had to be some kind of pride in the comic book arts."
What are you working on these days?
"I am currently working on a second issue of my comic, Alien Science (takes me a long time to do a book) as well as a series of comic art prints for a show I hope to have soon."
Do you have a dream project?
"My dream project would be to actually start up my own comic book company, perhaps a Pittsburgh-centric publishing venue. I had a lot of respect for the underground comics creators and the eighties direct sale comic publishers like Eclipse, Pacific, and Dark Horse."
What one piece of creative advice would you give?
"If I had any creative advice, it's that artists learn all the formal rules of design and composition, and storytelling, and then not be afraid to break those rules when the ideas come fast and furious. Comics are an art form as valid as painting and photography."