Steven Pennella talks about Faith Fallon from Insane Comics as he answers the Indie Eleven!
1. Are you currently working on any projects and what can we see?
Right now I'm working on my creator-owned series Faith Fallon from Insane Comics.
2. Is there a particular concept or piece you are most proud of in your work and why?
Overall I'm proud that I got it accepted by a publisher and didn't have to do a Kickstarter. Nothing against Kickstarter but as an unknown artist I felt that I had to have my book picked up, backed, and published by another entity lest it be a mere vanity project. Now that I'm "in" I’ll be more comfortable doing a Kickstarter in the future.
3. Do you have any formal training? Do you even think it's necessary?
I graduated from the Kubert School way back in 1985 and self-studied ever since. I would love to train Atelier style someday but that will happen after I retire or somehow make enough "FU" money to do what I want and take care of my family.
4. Analog(traditional) or Digital, or a combination of both? What tools do you use and why?
I use both but tend to do more digital because I like the ability to draw big, zoom in in details, ink in layers, and with three little kids it's not a great idea to have inks and paint in the house.
I use a variety of hardware and software, PCs, MACs, iPads, Wacom Cintiq Companion, the Slate, and ink use Gimp, Inkscape, MediBang Paint Pro as well as some Adobe stuff.
5. How did you stumble into the Indie Comics scene?
I didn’t see Marvel, DC, or any big publisher willing to look at me without wanting to change the concept or own it outright. I knew there was more freedom in the independent world. I’ve always loved indie books.
6. There can only be one survivor! Penciler, Colorist, Letterer, Writer. Why'd you pick that one? Please Explain.
I'm not worthy of choosing life and I handle everything in my book so I can't let one part of me live while the rest of me dies.
7. Who's your hero? Athlete? Family member? Teacher? Caped Crusader?
Not really into Hero worship but I’m grateful to have what I call a Gathering of Mentors, which is a group of professional artists I’ve met at comic cons and the like that are willing to let me show my work to them and offer advice, etc. as long as I do not name drop.
8. Do you even read comics, bro? If so which ones, if not...why not?
Not as much as I used to. I try to check out some of the Insane Comics titles but I haven’t read a Marvel/DC or even an Independent comic in quite a while. I’m too busy with Faith Fallon, the day job, wife, kids, family life and an occasional freelance gig.
9. You can earn a comfortable living doing ANYTHING. What is it? Feel free to explain why.
I’d be happy to create my comics or commercial illustration work as long as my family could have the same, if not better, quality of life my day job affords us.
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?
My favorite sports team is the Yankees and I’m glad they haven’t done anything worth paying attention to since 2009 because I never have time to watch a full game anymore. I think they’re onto another dynasty but by then the kids will be a little older and I may have a moment or two to catch a game.