Indie comic creator: Alec Kozak

On Friday, as part of the monthly downtown Mesa event known as Second Friday, Evermore Nevermore is hosting local, independent comic book artists and writers – all part of what the funky little store calls ENCREDICON: Evermore Nevermore Comic Review of Enlightened Drawing and Inscribing Convention.

Among the indie comic creators is Alec Kozak, who took time to talk with Nerdvana about his work:

Alice in Evilwonderland by Alec Kozak
Alice in Evilwonderland by Alec Kozak

How would you describe your work?

I would describe my work as one way to express myself. While it is partially macabre in nature, I tend to see to the darker side of lighter things; or attempt to portray them that way. That idea stems from showing both the hypocrisy and humor in things that people otherwise take seriously and that I would like to reveal to them. Personally, I see my work as something I can always improve upon and learn from and grow from. Looking back in my scrapbooks, I can tell you what was going on my life at the time by the kind of work of I was doing. It makes what I do more meaningful to me when I can say I know I am improving.

What are your influences?

My influences are pretty expansive and aren’t just limited to one person or medium. As for artists, I feel any that could tell a story with a single picture are the ones I am influenced by. That talent and ability to convey a message without words is something that can bring people of any language or age together. I would say that any comic that is worth reading definitely has a good artist. As for story influences, I am a huge fan of the TV show Lost and am heavily influenced by the story-telling style of bringing two different timelines together and leaving the reader (or viewer) wanting more. I feel it represents how we go through life when we meet people because we meet them in the middle and after learning about their past and where they are going, we find things in common that allow us to interact. Overall, I think that any movie, TV show, book, comic etc. that I have seen/read that has a good message and tells that message in an appropriate way is an influence on my work.

What’s your origin story?

I started doing comic work (both graphic novels and weekly comic strips) as a way to express both my writing and visual story-telling. I love movies and telling stories, and the easiest way for me to do both was to start doing comics and art. I have only taken a few art classes in my life, none of which were ever geared towards comics or sequential art, so I suppose I am self-taught through reading comics and practicing drawing. And I didn’t even start seriously drawing until 2 years ago, so I still feel like I have a lot to learn. I am originally from Prescott, AZ, but am currently living in Flagstaff and attending Northern Arizona University where I am studying Graphic Design.

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