Denizens of the ComicsVerse! Welcome to the first installment of The Indie Spotlight, a series in which we’ll be interviewing indie comic creators in regards to their current projects! For some, we’ll be discussing what is one in an endless queue of creative projects. While with others we’ll be talking about their first big project! Similar to how children are our future, the writers and artists behind the indie comics of today are the industry giants of tomorrow! You’ll be hearing about new comics directly from their creators, as they attempt to make a name for themselves in the world of comics! You never know who might be the next big thing!

Our first featured comic creator is Austin Allen Hamblin, the mind behind THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK. I first ran into Hamblin at C2E2 in Artists’ Alley, where he, like many others, was pitching his comic to industry veterans in the hopes of getting feedback and bettering himself as a creator. Hamblin handed me a flashdrive, containing a few issues of THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK, and after reading the first one, I was hooked. d1c49a616188cff5ecf3e513b2804ca1_original

CV: What awakened your creative fire? What prompted you to become a comic creator? 

AAH: Like any other kid, when I was younger, I really enjoyed playing with toys. I always had stories going on with them, some of which went on for days on end! During a particularly lengthy adventure, I began writing what I made up as I went, as a means of continuing the story. I started writing when I was about twelve. The stories were terrible, but I loved writing and I kept with it.

CV: What are your influences, either in the realm of comics or otherwise? 

AAH: My comic book “Dad” Phil Hester (I call him this because I’m in between his children in age). Phil’s a guy who’s willing to help out the younger generation and has one goal: to make good comics. It doesn’t matter if you have Marvel/DC aspirations, or want to focus on creator-owned books, Phil just wants to make it as awesome as he can. He just loves comics and tells the stories he wants to hear. Though I haven’t met them, Mark Millar, Robert Kirkman, and Todd McFarlane have all been huge influences on me and my work.

READ: If you, like Austin, love Mark Millar, check out these must-reads to celebrate Millar Day!

 

CV: Does your current project have any particularly strong influences? 

AAH: It’s an homage/throwback to underground comics. Stuff like the original TMNT, Prison Pit, Arsenic Lullaby. It’s reminiscent of Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb’s work.

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CV: Since not all of our readers are familiar with your work, can you give us a couple of books that you consider it to be similar to? 

AAH: I hate to make this comparison, only because I don’t think I deserve this big of a compliment, but people tell me all the time that THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK reminds them of GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS. I’m a huge fan, and the cool thing is Ryan Browne, the creator of GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS is doing a pinup for the new THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK graphic novel!

READ: Ryan Browne’s art was also featured in BACK TO THE FUTURE #4! Check out our review!

 

CV: Can you give our readers an overview of your current project? 

AAH: THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK follows the two titular characters (Punk and Rock), two screw-up bounty hunters through their adventures in outer space. The third main character is the narrator, who in addition to narrating the comic interacts with Punk, Rock, and the reader, even though he’s only narrating the comic to pay alimony to his ex-wife.

 

CV: How long has it been in the works? What’s your current timeline? 

AAH: We started self-publishing PUNK AND ROCK in 2013 and have gone on to do five issues. Now we’re getting those five issues colored, as well as adding a bunch of bonus material for the graphic novel. We’re currently running a Kickstarter that ends on July 31st, and the books will be in backers’ hands by the end of August!

 

CV: Are you collaborating with anyone, or is THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK a completely solo effort? 

AAH: The two people I work with are artist Scott Twells (who doesn’t have a website, because he isn’t very technologically inclined) and Dario Reyes, whose work you can find here: http://dreyes811.deviantart.com

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CV: What do you intend to accomplish with THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK? 

AAH: I just want to make people laugh, and make myself a better writer.

 

CV: How will this THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK contribute to its genre? 

AAH: THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK is a testament to the idea that comics can be about literally whatever you want. If you say “comics” people immediately think Spider-Man or Batman, but there’s so much more than that. The possibilities are endless, and I want to get that out there.

 

CV: Why is THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK important to you? 

AAH: It’s like my child at this point. Myself and Scott have put so much work into this. I really enjoy writing it, and it’s a fun comic. That’s what makes it special, there aren’t enough fun comics in the world.

 

 

For more information on THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK, check out Austin Allen Hamblin online at:

http://www.hamblincomics.com

THE ADVENTURES OF PUNK AND ROCK Vol. 1 Kickstarter

https://www.facebook.com/AustinAllenHamblin

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