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Comichaus Meets: Adam Falp

Today we meet creator, writer & artist, Adam Falp!

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Hello! My name is Adam Falp and I'm a cartoonist and comic creator from just outside of London. I'm probably most known for writing and drawing the retro spy series The Fragment! with letterer Mike Stock. Other than the odd letterer it's just me thinking of these strange ideas and bringing them to life. 

What are some of the comics that inspired you to start creating your own? Any creators in particular?

When I got back into reading comics my local comic shop had a really small shelf with a few self-published comics on. The first comic I ever bought that wasn't by a big American publisher was a little book called Titan by Francois Vigneault. Although the copy I have is published by Study Group it's just got a real homemade quality to it. It's beautiful and the first time I realised that anyone could make a comic. When I was making my first book I had a small pile of comics next to me, at one point I was sick of how bland the whole thing looked so I started flicking through Ed Piskors X-men Grand Design and Alexis Zirrits Tarantula, that's where the retro and pulp aesthetics come from. My main influences since then have been the guys that are part of the emerging indie scene in the states. Guys like Ed Piskor, Benjamin Marra, Matt Lesniewski, Michel Fiffe. Guys that have paid their dues self-publishing their own stuff, now the big players in comics have taken note and they're getting the titles they deserve to be on.  

How much of your own personality goes into your character(s)?

My main creation is a deranged psychopath secret agent so I hope...none? I do often wonder about basing a character off of myself because you would never think "oh I wonder what would he do or say in that situation?" because you'd just know, but I haven't done it yet. Up until now a lot of my characters have just been twists on existing ones so the original has always been my benchmark. I think the one thing that may translate over into all of my books though, is the sense of irony that keeps my amused day in day out.

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

For concepts and ideas its mostly old films and comics. A lot of stuff I think about is when you think somethings going to happen, and it doesn't, but you kind of think your idea would have been cool too. All it takes is a concept however small, that's when you can take it where you want. For my art, at the moment I've just finished another Fragment book - so I've got a big pile of Jack Kirby comics sitting next to me. When I was colouring the first issue, I made a colour palette out of the colours used in an issue of Captain America, then I made another out of an issue of his 2001 adaptation and couldn't stop looking at his character designs, panel layouts, and dynamic figure work. He's the greatest comic artist of all time and I'll never stop being inspired by him.

What struggles have you faced with the creation of ….. and producing the final release?

I think, luckily, we're in a time where it never been so easy to make comics. But that in itself creates problems. There are so many talented people making comics now it's tough to get yourself out there especially at the start. When I bought out my first book I thought it was going to take the world by storm, which it didn't. That makes me laugh now. I think you've just got to keep hammering away at it. Also its a pretty big investment at the start, luckily I do that art but it's even worse if your a writer. You've got to stump up a lot of cash at the start, that even when you sell your books you won't really see it come back because it'll always be £3 at a time.  

What do fans need to know going into their first issue of your comic?

Not a thing, you can just jump straight in and enjoy the ride. If I had to, I'd suggest an affection for the spy craze that hit Britain in the 1960s, stuff like The Prisoner and Man in a Suitcase. More importantly, I'd say if you enjoy comics of that time period, you'll hopefully enjoy the retro feel of The Fragment. It takes a lot of its inspirations straight from those early Marvel books.  

What have you got coming up in the future? Are you working on more issues?

Short term I've been enjoying making Mini Comics in between bigger projects. I have a horror comic that will be out exclusively for Small Press Day weekend and I'll try and put out one or two more while the big idea simmer away. I don't think there will be another Fragment book for a while. I get a bit carried away with planning what comics I'll be making and when and I've filled that slate all the way up until 2021. I've loved every second of making my comics so next year I'm planning something pretty ambitious I don't know if anyone has ever done it before. 

You can read Adam's title over on the Comichaus App now, or find out more over on the  Comichaus Marketplace by clicking on the cover image below.


The Good For Nothing Anthology
Living in Sin
The Fragment!  #1

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