This is a series of posts about comics included in the forthcoming anthology comic “Identity” produced by Northside Comics.
The next comic in our series is by Troy Hunter and is entitled *I am I be (not)*.
Can you give us a brief description of your comic?
My comic is about some common assumptions about what I am and what I do and what I like, and my overarching reaction to them.
How does your comic speak to the theme of identity?
What I do and what I like are huge parts of what makes me me, but people seem to conflate my unknown with…something else they’ve seen or heard.
Where did you come up with the idea for your comic?
When the topic for this came up, I knew what I wanted to do almost immediately. I may have even dealt with a couple of those assumptions I illustrated very recently, so they were fresh on my mind.
What influences your work both on this comic and in general?
Hmmmm. I would probably say, for this comic, I drew (see what I did there) on the work of Keef Knight and, to a lesser extent, Adrian Tomine. The panels are oddly shaped, which is something I wanted to try in Manga Studio, but instead of taking time to learn the program, I drew everything freehand. In general, I grew up with graffiti and its characters, particularly those by Vaughn Bodé. Visually, I change things up; I’ve loved webcomic artists, illustrators of every stripe, and Instagram success stories in equal measure over just the last few months.
Where can people find more of your work?
My site is tallblackguy.com. I do typography, greeting cards, and a ton more, and can be reached through that for any work.
The full comic anthology “Identity” will be available later this summer for purchase. If you can’t wait that long you can contribute to our kickstarter and maybe get yourself some unique swag.