Here's number four of our ongoing series of interviews conducted by AACRO. This week: Shawn Prairie!AACRO
So where did it all begin for you as a cartoonist? When did comics hook you with its siren song?
I think it started as a little kid like most. I got my hands on any comic I could, and for me mostly it was movie franchise tie ins haha
So what films fueled your imagination during those times?
I'd definitely have to say the alien films had a huge influence on me back then, I really loved to draw monsters from that point on.
It's interesting that you say Alien, cause H.R Giger is a really technical artist and while at HCC you were just the epitome of that sans the neo-gothic imagery.
From when I first met you to now, your work has changed in almost a drastic way. your comics now have a kinetic undertone to them. The technical hand is still there, but now shares the spotlight with this "splattercore" inking. what steered you in that direction?
I'd have to say my discovery of Ashley Wood's work. I always thought up to that point a comic had to fall into the very strict guidelines in order to be correct. But upon seeing his artwork, it showed me that there were more avenues to be explored within the media. So I began to color outside the lines so to speak.
Yeah, that seems to be common liberating point among other cartoonist I talk to, realizing there are no rules and you do what you like or comes natural to you. So can you tell me what materials you use outside the lines now?
A combination of specialized pens with different nibs, as well as ink wash and some charcoal. I can't forget my baby the white out pen.
So to wrap up, what did you put together for the fine folks who'll be reading Moxie?
A story about a teacher/assassin and the hilarity that ensues when a student whose father is a mob boss threatens him over a failing grade. As well as a story about a girl being dragged into a monster mental hospital.
To finish things off this is Shawn's premium shirt design! you can pick from this among others with a $80 or more pledge!