Alright lets start out with a short answer section and get the usual out of the way.
Fourty *cough* two
Married to the wonderful and amazing Leigh Anne Gobble
Dogs - Max (Golden Retriever), Tasha (Springer/Boxer mix), Marek (Lab/Rot mix).
Highest Education Level:
College Sophomore dropout - Illinois State University
High School Mascot:
The Purple Raiders of BHS - Native American Warrior
Favorite Vegetable and Fruit:
Zucchini (grilled), Orange.
Staying with short answers lets talk about what you do:
Comic(s) you created Before 1985: Only my own unpublished sequential pages.
1986 -1995: Hard Looks, The Retaliator, X, Aliens: Music Of the Spears, Unknown Soldier, I'll get a coronary trying to think of everything ;)
1996 - Yesterday: Hellblazer, Punisher, Criminal Macabre, 28 Days Later, Bad Planet, Batman/Deathblow, Scalped, various Star Wars books, Alien Pig Farm 3000, GI Joe, Human Target, Flinch, Gangland, Hearthrobs, Grendel: Black, White, and Red, Punisher Noir, Luke Cage Noir, Punisher: Naked Kill, Punisher: Tyger, Punisher: The Cell, Get Castle, and tons more.
Alright all that stuff aside lets get to the meat of the interview:
What do you do when not making comics?
I do illustrations for books, work as a designer in various capacities in film and film related projects, collect film scores, play with my daughter, manage my web pages, do conventions all over the place, hang out with my wife, follow the Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates depending on which season we're in, read fiction, stress out over bills, and see films as much as I can.
Favorite TV show, Movie and Book?
TV show: Sons Of Anarchy, Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Book: Dune.
You take a trip to California and get trapped in the closet of Arnold Schwarzenegger's office for 1 full week. What do you do to pass the time?
Catch up on sleep.
When you were little, lets say 8 or 9, what was your favorite thing to do for fun?
Watch cartoons on Saturday morning with my brother Bob. I doubt there are any old pics of us zoning out to Thundaar The Barbarian ;)
Favorite comic when you were 12, 22 and now?
Cripes . . . OK, 12: Legion Of Superheroes, 22: X-Men, Now, B.P.R.D. - all the stuff by Guy Davis and John Arcudi.
If you had to listen to one CD for a full week and nothing else, what would it be?
Toss up between the score for Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World, the score for Children Of Men, or The Beatles - Abbey Road. Maybe Sabotage by Black Sabbath.
Back to comic stuff for now. Knowing that Iceman is the greatest hero of all time, why do you think he is so underused?
I'm fully prepared to believe that if the United States was located at either of the two global poles, he'd usurp Superman as the most well known hero in pop culture.
Alright your making a comic about a little boy who dresses up as a whale and runs around Paris punching cheese. Whats the title and sell me on a quick pitch? Go!
Title: Oliver Spivey: Whale-boy Fromage Pugilist, Pitch: It's Blood Meridian meets The Red Balloon. While we're fantasizing, I'd write it and Geoff Darrow would draw it.
We all know how good you are at making comics but what can you do with a Margarita and a tambourine?
I can drink the Margarita and frisbee the tambourine into the nearest trash bin.
Where is the real money at in comics?
It's not with small publishers. I can attest.
When your making comics whats going on around you? Music, what kind? Silence? TV on?
I listen to music and film scores during the day and watch, re-watch comfort films and various TV series in the after dark hours.
10 years from now. Where do you see yourself?
On set, behind the camera, or producing. Still drawing covers and illustrating books ;)
Alright we can finish up with a quick word association game. I will say a word, you give me a quick one sentence response.
Werewolves? Frank Frazetta
Horror Comics? Bill Gains, EC, Creepy, Eerie, Berni Wrightson.
Homer Simpson? Donuts
Subway Sandwiches? Tuna, provalone, onions, pickles, lettuce, bacon, avocado, Italian bread.
Decapitated Dan? Insane
Tim Bradstreet? Head Screw