September 8, 2013
I write mostly comics, though occasionally I'll venture into other things. The comics that I write and draw are mostly gleefully absurd romps (see http://ariscomics.blogspot.com). I don't really have the art skills to draw in a manner conducive to more serious comics. I'm just now starting to write for other people to draw, which is incredibly exciting, because now I can expand the topics and styles I can write.
I like to write about twists on reality. I love when I find themes and meaning showing up in my work, and would like to get better at incorporating them, but my work tends to be much more oriented towards being imaginative.
Maybe Alan Moore? But I go in phases. Also at various times have had writer crushes on Eric Powell, Malachi and Ethan Nicolle, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Graham, Craig Thompson, and many more. I also am indebted to Scott McCloud for his books on the comics medium that have made me appreciate every comic I've read since so much more.
Any one from before the 20th century. They're probably pretty well decomposed into dirt by this point, and don't smell as bad as more recently deceased writers (sorry, black humor)
Depends on the work. In my comics that I write and draw, the goal is to make readers get a big goofy grin on their face the entire time they read it, and occasionally, on the panels that pay off on buildup, laugh aloud, even if they're alone.
I am a harmonica instructor. My favorite things in life are contradancing, comic books, and musical instruments that can fit into my pocket. And yetis.