1. Creator Q + A: Ezra Butt

    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 cartoonist Ezra Butt of Crawdads Welcome.

    Which Spice Girl are you?
    What kind of process do you adhere to when you make work? 
    I hate pencilling and avoid doing it any more than I have to. I save dying pens for gray tones. I like to work left to right. I spend far too much time rendering, so I need to get other mental stimulation aurally. Music, lectures, and dialogue-heavy movies do the trick. 

    How do you feel about backgrounds?
    Backgrounds kinda just need to have stuff in them. I love atmospheric effects so I spend a good deal of time filling in nooks and crannies, particularly when I want the reader to take a little extra time. 
    What famous artist or historical figure do you often psychically interact with?
    The word “physically” makes me a little unsure how to answer this. Once I had thanksgiving at Sam Alden’s house—he’s becoming famous at a steady clip. Afterwards we napped in front of the fire like the fat happy puppies we were.
    Tell me about the tough comics crew from your town.
    Tough comics crew? My only comics buddies down here in Southern Oregon are Ian Chachere and Jesse Dewyer. Both are waaaay more conscious of what’s going on in the comics world than I am. Both have more versatile styles of drawing than myself and I can’t demand more work from them sternly enough. 
    Is illustration your career?
    Illustration is slowly becoming my career. Right now I have a night job at a hotel. I intend to move back to Portland in a few years and draw into my old age, until Winsor McCay and Tove Jansson call me into heaven upon a whirlwind.

    What do you think about fortune telling?
    I try not to be mean to people’s faces about it but I think fortune telling is an unabashed load of codswallop.  
    What is the project in your head that you’d like to make?
    I have a few projects I’d like to get around to, most of them inspired by classical music or bizarre dreams. I’d also like to begin transcribing stories from Finnish mythology into the comics medium by the time the year is out. 
    What are you most excited to do at Linework NW?
    I’m excited to meet new people in the comics industry as well as make a name for myself. Also I really want to catch up with comics friends I haven’t seen in a while. All in all, basically that cretinous childhood song about friends and silver and gold. 
    Gridlords Interview by Suzette Smith
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