Heads up, comics fans. Here’s something you might want to add to your collection.
That’s issue 7 of the Cartoon Picayune, which is being released today.
Craig Schaffer of the Reading (Pa.) Eagle tells us that the comic book…
Craig took the time to answer a few questions for us:
Q. What more can you tell me about the work you did for this issue? Did you write and draw it, or just draw it?
A. I tried to answer the question “Why is there a pagoda on the mountain overlooking Reading?” I’m not originally from here and didn’t know the answer to that question. It’s a unique symbol of our community.
Q. How many pages is this story you illustrated?
A. It’s only 2 pages and got picked up for the issue after I had completed it and Josh Kramer [the comic's editor] learned of my work. Normally, they use 10-page stories.
Q. How long have you been working on this?
A. I wrote and illustrated mine in about two weeks.
I tweeted it to some other comic creators who inspired me from a book called Syncopated and they directed me to Josh. Issue #7 has a “chance” theme. I’ve never seen a copy in person. This is my first.
Q. What do you use? Markers? Pens? Bush-n-ink? Wacom tablet?
A. I use pen and ink, sometimes a brush, then a wacom tablet and Photoshop to color. I letter the page in illustrator.
A 1998 graduate of the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Mass., Craig spent several years as an archaeological illustrator before joining the Intelligencer of Doylestown, Pa.
He moved to the Reading Eagle in 2005. He creates a weekly graphic for the Eagle‘s business section. Find a gallery of his Snapshot work here.
Yeah, that one is about famed book designer Chipp Kidd. Read more about that piece here.
For a while, Craig also produced a “hand-drawn nature column” called Sketchbook that appeared every Wednesday in the Eagle‘s Berks Country section. Find his Sketchbook gallery here.