Nick Lyons is an Oregon-based comic book writer who’s just breaking into writing comics professionally. His first published work, in Bluewater’s Vincent Price Presents #6 will be out in about a week, followed by four issues of Warlock, which debuts in March. Also in the works are two other projects, Rain and Medusa. You can find out more about Nick’s projects at www.bluewaterprod.com.
Question 1: When did you first decide that you wanted to create your own comics for a living?
When I took a college course on comic books. In taking the course, I realized that writing comics allowed you more freedom than writing for film or television because you didn’t have to worry about budgets or other studio people interfering with your scripts. Plus, as a very visual person, I felt that comics were a natural fit for me.
Question 2: Who has had the biggest influence on you outside the comics industry, and how did they affect your life?
George Lucas has probably had the biggest influence on me. His work, especially Star Wars, really inspired me and showed me just how powerful storytelling can be.
Question 3: Who has had the biggest influence on your comics career, and how has that person changed your work?
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creations were a major reason that I fell in love with comics, but Dave Stevens work has actually had the biggest impact on me. As a young child, The Rocketeer really made an impression on me and to this day I can’t really explain why. The character just jumped off the page — and screen — and captured my imagination, and I can only hope that my work will do the same to comic readers.
Question 4: What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?
Sometimes I will watch favorite films of mine or browse news or history on the Internet for inspiration. Personally, I have yet to really struggle to come up with ideas. If I am focused and put my mind to it, I can easily come up with what I need to write a script.
Question 5: Describe your typical work routine.
I don’t really have a fancy routine. I usually just brainstorm ideas and break down the story before I begin to type up a script.
Question 6: What writing, drawing, or other tools do you use?
I use paper to jot down notes and ideas and an HP laptop to type up my scripts.
Question 7: What element of your work gives you the most personal satisfaction?
It hasn’t happened just yet, but I know that seeing my first issue in comic stores will give me the most personal satisfaction.
Question 8: What has been the most rewarding project in your professional career – in or out of comics – and why?
The most rewarding experience for me has just been being a part of the comic industry. I have worked hard to get here and I am forever grateful to Bluewater President Darren Davis for giving me the opportunity to write comic scripts.
Question 9: We’ve all met very talented newcomers who are trying to get their first professional projects. What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard given to a promising new creator?
Not giving up is the best advice I’ve heard. If you are striving to achieve a goal, you have to keep going until you achieve it. There are many hard and painful obstacles one faces in their journey to achieve a goal, but you can’t let them get you down.
Question 10: Time to get philosophical: What’s the most important “big idea” that you’ve learned in life – in or out of comics – and why is it important?
I would say believing in yourself is the most important big idea. If you believe in yourself, the sky is the limit.
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