A huge supporter of Independent Creators, Kristofor was the first person I thought of, to send these questions to. I just wanted to know more about the dude. He's a good guy to have in your corner supporting you. Now we can support him. Check out his answers, then check out his books!
1. Are you currently working on any projects and what can we see?
I am currently working on my comic book Respite. I am the writer/artist and the book is currently published by Headshrinker's Press. Issue #1 released last year and the next 2 issues will be out this year. In addition to that I am also the illustrator for the book Charl13 (pronounced Charlie). Issue #1 released in Jan 17 and I am currently working on issue #2 to release ASAP.
I have a slew of other projects that are currently in development that you can catch up on via my Facebook profile.
2. Is there a particular concept or piece you are most proud of in your work and why?
I have an affinity for making these meticulous line art drawings. The past couple of years I've been heavily influenced by Japanese and south American artists and that is really rubbing off on me. A lot of my recent work I have taken a more aggressive approach with my color work to create these illustrations with complicated line art but a simpler, more flat color scheme to compliment the art.
3. Do you have any formal training? Do you even think it's necessary?
I do not have any formal training and while I do believe that it couldn't hurt, I do not believe it's necessary to be a creator. I still encourage young artists considering art school to give it a go, but don't be afraid to create with out an art degree.
4. Analog(traditional) or Digital, or a combination of both? What tools do you use and why?
I agree with you and think that using both is advantageous to being a good artist. While I mostly use traditional means for penciling and inking, I primarily use Photoshop for coloring. Ps makes its way more efficient to color books. I say find what works for you and don't have any prejudice one way or the other.
5. How did you stumble into the Indie Comics scene?
I've always been in to the 70s, 80s and 90s comics growing up and have been a doodler for as long as I can remember. About 5 years ago a buddy of mine encouraged me to make a comic book I had always talked about and after he passed away I decided to finally take making art seriously and made an (awful) book titled Limbo. Respite is actually a retelling of that book and a better representation of what I was initially going for. That really lit a fire in me and I've been studying, practicing...praying to the art gods ever since!
6. There can only be one survivor! Penciler, Colorist, Letterer, Writer. Why'd you pick that one? Please Explain.
Penciler. While all parts of the machine are important without the penciler you don't have a comic book. You can still make a comic book without any of the other parts.
7. Who's your hero? Athlete? Family member? Teacher? Caped Crusader?
Easily my biggest hero is my mother. She is a single parent who sacrificed a ton to make sure my brother and I had a happy childhood. My wife and I have a 3 yr old and everyday they remind me of how great of a person my mom is.
8. Do you even read comics, bro? If so which ones, if not...why not?
I do read comics! Just not a lot of them. I fell in love with Saga when is came out and read that. The floppies I buy are mostly random image books, I still buy from the big two but not very often. I'm a big fan of trades since I don't have a ton of time.
9. You can earn a comfortable living doing ANYTHING. What is it? Feel free to explain why.
I would love to be a teacher or mentor of some sort. I spend a lot of my time at my day job teaching and coaching and while it's great, it would be more fulfilling teaching about a subject I’m more passionate about.
10. Where can people see more of your work or find out more about you?
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'm a pretty big fan of supporting the arts so I’m always down to check out peoples work. I love meeting creators and talking about comics, art, music etc. I don't really get out much, but you can always send me a message via fbook or check me out at cons!