Greg Boucher is a writer here in Las Vegas. The creator of, Slave, he's currently promoting Mutilated at Medicine Mound - A Graphic Novel, over at Kickstarter. He was kind enough to answer my Indie Eleven. Let's see what he has to say!
1. Are you currently working on any projects and what can we see?
I've been writing my way through "Slave", a high fantasy series about a former gladiator that goes to war against the slave trade, for a few years now. I've been putting in my time lately with my weird west books. So far, I've released "Blue", a short work featuring the origin of Bialah, one of the main characters of Mutilated at Medicine Mound. That was sort of a B-side to a Slave preview that I released. I just debuted San Elizario, the first of a two part story, featuring the origin of Medicine Mound's other main character, James Clay. I've also written a follow-up to San Elizario and a whole new weird west story that I hope to release later this year or early next year. As part of Plot Twist Publishing, I'm the submissions editor for this year's horror anthology.
2. Is there a particular concept or piece you are most proud of in your work and why?
I'm definitely proud of last year's Plot Twist anthology, "Impressions". That was a huge task, and we're back at it again this year. I don't know what I'd say I'm proud of with my own work, but there are some visuals and concepts that I seem to circle back on. If I like something, I use it, and if I dislike or embarassed by something, I try to move away from it. Like most writers, I have those stories in my catalog that I'm not very proud of. I like what I'm doing right now, however.
3. Do you have any formal training? Do you even think it's necessary?
I don't have any formal training, and I wish I had taken some kind of creative writing classes in high school. Obviously I don't think it's necessary, but I don't think it would have made me any worse. I think it may have helped me work through the stories I wrote that I didn't like.
4. Analog(traditional) or Digital, or a combination of both? What tools do you use and why?
I still have a couple notebooks that I keep on me if something comes up, but It's so much easier to write drafts digitally. I've even fallen into the habit of typing notes in my phone so I don't need to transcribe them. I letter a lot of my own work, too, and I do that almost all digitally. I tried hand lettering when I was younger, but I worry about the consistency of my handwriting.
5. How did you stumble into the Indie Comics scene?
I had been working on a superhero book for years and I had received a fair amount of help from Justin Newberry, another Vegas creator. When I decided to work on "Slave", I started asking one of his friends, Daniel Blodgett a bunch of questions. Dan turned me on to the Artist's Comic Collective and I went to a couple events. I started doing shows and bumping into people like Vic Moya, who I've known since '99-'00, and this led to meeting other local creators, and eventually the Plot Twist Publishing people. I don't know everyone yet, but I'll get there.
6. There can only be one survivor! Penciler, Colorist, Letterer, Writer. Why'd you pick that one? Please Explain.
If it's a fight to the death, then I have to say penciler, because pencils are sharp! But I feel like there's something deeper hiding in this question. "Do writers need artists or do artists need writers?" I could be crazy.
7. Who's your hero? Athlete? Family member? Teacher? Caped Crusader?
There's a lot of people I look up to. My high school English teacher, Mr. Brewster. Steve Yzerman, for bringing the cup back to Hockeytown. Don Ritchie, a man who saved 160 people in Australia, possibly more. I have local creators that I look up to, like Ken Lamug and Jean Marie Munson. I don't know if I can only say that there's one.
8. Do you even read comics, bro? If so which ones, if not...why not?
I hate to admit this, but I'm probably a year behind on my reading. I was reading Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and the Sam Wilson Cap stuff. Whenever people talk about current storylines, I'm like Homer backing up into the bushes.
9. You can earn a comfortable living doing ANYTHING. What is it? Feel free to explain why.
Writing, for sure. I can do it anywhere I want as long as I hit my deadlines.
10. Where can people see more of your work or find out more about you?
I post the most often on my facebook page and slightly less often on twitter, and far less often on instagram.
You can actually get your hands on my stuff at Storenvy.com and/or Drivethrucomics.com. Plot Twist Publishing can be found on facebook.
Facebook: Studio Stella Polaris
Instagram: DriveThruComics Site
Storenvy: Greg's Shop
DriveThruComics: DriveThruComics Site
Facebook: Plot Twist Publishing
11. Anything else you'd like to share with us? Political view. Religious view. Baby on the way? Your first job? Email address? Favorite sports team?
I love the Red Wings, but I'm not ready to talk about this season yet. As a native Las Vegan, I can't help but look forward to see what the Golden Knights are going to do this year. Ask me again after the drafts.