10 Questions: The Gathering Edition – Nick Francis

We continue our interview series with members of The Gathering and GrayHaven Comics. We’ve put out the same questions to numerous individuals and can compare their responses. A hopefully intriguing interview series.

Check out our previous interviews.

George Amaru Doug Hahner James O’Callaghan
Elena Andrews Erica J. Heflin Chris Page
Arcadio Bolaños Travis M. Holyfield Amanda Rachels
Marc Deschamps Marc Lombardi Jason Snyder
Andrew Goletz Glenn Matchett Sam Tung

Up next is penciler Nick Francis.

Graphic Policy: How did you get started in the comic book industry?

Nick Francis: Social networking and posting my art. I have had the pleasure of learning from my idols as well.

GP: Were you a fan of comic books before?

NF: I have been a fan of comics since the early 90’s pre-image era

GP: Do you read comics now? If so, what are some of your current picks?

NF: Batman, Red Hood and the Outlaws, mostly DC titles

GP: How did you get involved with The Gathering?

NF: A friend of mine sent me a link to GrayHaven and I contacted them. Rest is history :)

GP: Each issue of The Gathering has a theme, how did that factor into the comic creation?

NF: I’m actually not involved in a Gathering book with them at the moment. We are working on something special.

GP: What advice would you give to independent creators just breaking into the business?

NF: Never give up and always have a great attitude. Learn as much as you can about every aspect of making comics.

GP: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned through your experiences?

NF: It can be stressful at times but never giving up seems to stand true.

GP: Do you think it’s easier today for creators to get published?

NF: With programs like Kickstarter I think it’s a lot easier than say, ten years ago.

GP: How do you think technology like social networking or crowdfunding sites like IndieGoGo or Kickstarter are impacting comic book publishing?

NF: Everyone is more accessible from fans to comic book creators. It definitely helps up and comers more

GP: What can we expect from you next?

NF: Hopefully big things!