1. Creator Q + A: Reid Psaltis

    Linework NWis 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 and cartoonist Reid Psaltis of Magnetic North.

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    Which Spice Girl are you? 
    …next question.
    What kind of process do you adhere to when you make work? 
    Copious thumbnailing has taken over my process for making comics. I work up three versions of every page at different sizes before I touch Bristol board. Its exhausting, but makes all the difference when I go to ink them. At the same time my illustration work has started happening faster, with less planning. It happens more fluidly and organically now, which is much more satisfying.
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    How do you feel about backgrounds?
    I tend to either over do my backgrounds or leave them blank white.  I haven’t quite mastered the implied background yet.  
    What famous artist or historical figure do you often psychically interact with?
    Socrates. His advice about admitting I know nothing at all is oddly reassuring about my self-doubt.
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    Tell me about the tough comics crew from your town.
    They weren’t satisfied with the indie-comics show in Portland so they made a new, better one.
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    Is illustration your career?
    Yes, sort of. I get by doing a lot of creative work that isn’t necessarily illustration per se, but it all goes under the umbrella of illustration. I definitely call myself an illustrator, but sometimes I teaching, sometimes paint signs, make comics, etc.

    What do you think about fortune telling?
    To put it into SAT metaphor terms, fortune telling is to the future as revisionist history is to the past. I’m a realist.
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    What is the project in your head that you’d like to make?
    Ugh. I don’t know that I want to talk about it because it will likely never happen, but I have a concept for a supernatural horror comic about 19th century whaling. Don’t hold your breath on that one, it could be a decade out. I also want to expand my cryptozoology zine into a full size, full color coffee table book style.
    What are you most excited to do at Linework NW?
    Establishing a “cosplay free zone” that hopefully encompasses all of Norse Hall.
     
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