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Comichaus Meets: Andy W. Clift

Today we meet The Adventures Of Captain Cosmic creator Andy W. Clift! 

Please introduce yourself and your team (if you have one). 

Hello! I’m Andy Clift and I am the creator of Bertie Bear and the Adventures of Captain Cosmic.
 
What are some of the comics that inspired you to start creating your own? Any creators in particular?

There are so many. I grew up reading a lot of Spider-Man, Batman, Ghostbusters and Captain Scarlet comics. Later on, it was Green Lantern, The Flash, Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four, Space Ghost and The Phantom and so on. There are so many creators that influence me, but Jack Kirby, Darwyn Cooke, Mike Oeming, Bruce Timm, Alex Toth and Mike Allred are always my first port of call for inspiration.
 
What do you think people see in your character(s), or the books in general, that has really drawn them in and kept them coming back for more?
 
That’s a good question. I’d like to think I create fun and accessible characters and stories. I try to make my stories positive as much as I can. I also like to work with as many bright colours as I can. I tend to work in a bit of a retro style, that always seems to appeal to someone.

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

There is a lot of me in Bertie Bear, whereas I think Captain Cosmic and Kid Cosmic reflect different parts of me, at different times in my life. I don’t write many books, but when I do, I’d say I put a fair bit of myself into it.
 
Where did you draw your inspiration from?

Batman the Animated series inspired me to write my own stories as a kid, it also inspired me to train as an animator. Aside from TV/Films and comics, I get a lot of my inspiration from books, a lot of art books from creators. I have more than a few shelves full of books about a lot of the creators that I mentioned before and their processes. It always blows my mind seeing how Jack Kirby laid out a page or Darwyn Cooke’s design sketches. It gets my imagination going.
 
What struggles have you faced with the creation of the comic and producing the final release? 

I split my time between my day job teaching animation at a university, doing comics and general life. So finding time to do a passion project like this can be hard. I also lettered the book, which is something that I’ve never done before, so that was a challenge. The finished project had to be just right, it took me a lot longer than it normally would have to lock down the finished cover. So the biggest struggle is probably the one every creator can relate to and that’s self-criticism. Luckily, my wife, Rachel, was always there to kick me into touch.

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

Only that it’s a fun sci-fi, superhero adventure series. So if you loved Saturday morning adventure cartoons, you may like the Adventures of Captain Cosmic.

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

I’ve just started working on a new project with Matt Garvey. He’s a creator that I’ve wanted to work with for some time so I’m very excited about that. I’m also currently plotting out the stories for the next two issues of Captain Cosmic, which is keeping me very busy

You can discover The Adventures Of Captain Cosmic on Comichaus: http://bit.ly/CaptainCosmic

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