The following is an interview with comic book creator Nathanial Osollo regarding his comic book publications. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Osollo about his creative process as both a writer and an artist, his influences and inspiration, his upcoming projects and conventions, and more!
Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief: We first had the opportunity to meet at the inaugural East LA Comic Con in 2017, and I have been intrigued by your work ever since. What inspired you to become a comic book creator, and what do you feel has come to define your work?
Nathanial Osollo: That’s very flattering. Like so many others, my first primal urge to make comics was inspired by comics themselves. When I read my first Spider-Man book, I wanted to see him doing other things and getting into more adventures, so I drew them.
As far as defining my work goes, I definitely have an interactive agenda. My stories are often aware of the medium and creative process itself. I’ve made comics that were built on tweets that people sent me or other interactions online, and I’ve been working with augmented reality for the past 4 years.
BD: What can you share with us about your creative process as both a writer and an artist, especially given your incredible work ethic to “post comics and sequential art every first Friday of the month as a discipline to keep creating art consistently?”
NO: I can share everything if you like! Regarding “Free Comics Friday,” that was a monthly project I started to help me become a better arts professional. People can read more about that here. Since I had to produce a comic every month, I used the monthly exercise to actually experiment with all the ideas I get and exorcise them. It was a chance to try out a ton of the comics ideas I had all the time. The creative process for that was practical, kept me realistic with process, and made me more flexible when it came to creative problem-solving.
The monthly comics are over for me right now. I’m focusing on finishing some books that deserve more attention than one month and some other projects.
BD: What have been some of your creative influences, both past and present?
NO: Creative influences abound for me. Growing up, I liked all of the usual gritty, young male-aimed stuff. Lately, I’m all over the place and have been taking recommendations from everywhere. If creators or friends talk up a book, I make an effort to go to the library and check it out. I finally read the Mark Waid and Alex Ross book, Kingdom Come. This morning, I finished Lighter Than My Shadow from Lion Forge. Again, all over the place.
BD: What do you hope that readers will take away from your work?
NO: Hopefully, people enjoy the books enough to put them on their shelf at home and pick them back up later. Whatever they take away, I hope they can get it every time. This is the same thing I want with books that I buy.
BD: Are there any titles that you would like to highlight with our readers?
NO: I would love for people to pick up Point of You: Where Do You Want to Be? It’s my latest book and focuses on personal, life philosophies that lots of other creatives are opening up to me about. I’m enjoying the dialogue this is creating and really want to see where that goes. The book is out from Cow House Press and is available online.
BD: Are there any upcoming projects on which you are currently working that you would like to share with our readers?
NO: Regarding comics, I’ve got two books that I want to make this year – I’ll reveal details to those online soon. I’m also working with my wife on a pop-up public art project called The Red Door for BoldPas in Pasadena, CA. Check their site for details in the coming weeks and check out her Instagram: @jardindel.eden.
BD: With convention season in full swing, are there any upcoming conventions at which readers will be able to find you?
NO: You bet! The beginning of the year is all set up for me so far with WonderCon, Free Comic Book Day at Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, CAPE in East LA, and Comic Con Revolution.
BD: Lastly, what is the best way for our readers to find more information about your work?
NO: The best way would be my website (www.eyedraugh.com), and my Instagram/Twitter (@eyedraugh). Shooting an email over is always welcome, too. I’m always open to new collaboration ideas or pitches.
Thanks so much for chatting with me!