1. Creator Q + A: Tim Root

    Linework NW is at its heart a gathering of remarkable creators, editors, illustrators, cartoonists, and publishers who represent some of the best work that is being produced in these mediums today.

    Each day from now until the show we are going to be highlighting the amazing creators of Linework NW in a series of interviews conducted by the awesome folks over at Gridlords. Today’s spotlight takes a look at the work of illustrator Tim Root.

    How did you get started making comics? Do you have any formal training, or are you self-taught?
    i always drew, and sorta copied reg. comics, my first comic was Demon Nite. this kinda demon super hero lurking around killin bad guys an stuff. Then round ‘92-‘93? I moved to athens Ga. they got Bizarro Wuxtry down there, best comic shop ever, there i found HATE, Lloyd Llewelyn, Sof’ Boy, these just fukn blew me away, never saw anything lik’m.
    No training, never went to college.
    How did you arrive at your style? Do you have just one method of drawing/painting/etc., or do different projects dictate different styles?
    to be honest, a full time job and a family, the only chance i really get alone is at nite, and that’s also the only time to sit with a buddy or two, drink some beers, flip some records, laugh, bitch, there ain’t much time so ya gotta fit it all in at once sometimes. these nites get weird, goofy, sad, drippy, messy, so it seems all these contribute to style, def the music tho, i buy more records than comix.
    In a similar vein, are there any sort of warm-up exercises you do before drawing? Or before writing?
    i guess the one thing i do is just doodlin the sketch book, get a vibe off yer mood, see where it goes, don’t force it, sometimes the voices in my head are too loud. if that’s the case i’ll switch to a project that’s already in motion, some inking, some watercoloring, the more brainless shit.

    Do you find that certain visual themes recur in your work? Any motifs or regular occurrences you’d like to talk about?
    i don’t think so, someone said i use convenience stores a lot, i love them. in florida as a kid there was one when you drove into our neighborhood (cabana colony). It was like a kids mini mall. there were video games, comic books, garbage food, sodas, cool hats, funny pins, my dad met my (no longer) step mom there, he brought her a steak an potato dinner while she was working.
    What kind of stories do you find you like to tell?
    for stories i like happy endings, i think being raised on ’80s T.V. there was always the opener, situation set up, some sorta conflict, then resolve, i’d come home to magnum p.i. and threes co. i lov’d em. at the end everyone sorta laughs off the hard time and hugs.
    Are there any mediums outside the work that you do that you find inspiring? Any authors, filmmakers, performers, etc.?
    uh..writers prolly willy vlautin, he’s a local writer, his stories are really beautiful and play out like a song that makes you wanna lay on the floor. performers… the mighty GWAR!!! filmmakers? naw, just old T.V. shows, columbo, Kojak, rockford files, tho they really only inspire me to relax and drink beer in bed.
    Conversely, are there any other mediums you work in that you could talk about? Any video, performance, or music that you do?
    SCULPEY!! sculpey rules, it’s always been a dream to have my own action figures, and now i do, thanx to sculpey.

    If you could collaborate with any person, living or dead, who would it be? What would you work on?
    an old friend Patric Keim, he’s dead, he had crazy blueprint tattoos on both arms, his apartment was all blueprinted, blue dotted lines on the floor from the door leading to a chair bolted on the wall (as if it were the floor) then dotted lines leading from that down the the wall to the fridge, and all over. he was a fellow janitor, he’d make me mix tapes of Oum Kalthoum (the nightingale of the nile) and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, showd me books by Joel Peter Witkin and would tell me about going to fist shows in amsterdam, he made the best zines i’ve ever seen even to this day. I wouldn’t so much want to collaborate with him as much as eat spaghetti in his apartment again and go dancing at the 40 watt, he was the best dancer i’ve ever seen.
    Who have you been looking at in comics recently? Anyone’s work just blowing you away?
    to be honest for awhile now i only really read simpsons comics and bart comics, i love the colors so much and you can buy’m at almost any grocery store. these are what comics are supposed to be, roll’m up puttm in yer pocket, read’m in the dish pit at work or at the bus stop.
    Who blows me away? FUKITOR!!! this guy is the best, the way they feel, art, stories, the size, the color, theyr pretty pricey but waaaaaaay worth it, FUKITOR is by far the best.
    Gridlords Interview by Graham Kahler
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