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Comichaus Meets: Dan Butcher

Today we meet creator, writer, artist & podcaster, Dan Butcher


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

Hello! My name is Dan and I’m the creator of the comic VANGUARD. I’ve been involved in small press comics for years now. I’ve had the pleasure to work on various comics including El Marvo, Madius’ Comics: Papercuts and Inkstains, Assault On Fortress Doom, The Awesome Comic, among others. Over the years of producing VANGUARD, I’ve had a number of people help out on the comic such as Muireann Grealy, who edited the comic and Gary Cohen, who provided editorial input. I was also fortunate to get cover art from Brian Vander, Chris Imber and Dizevez. All of them are now massive artists in their own right, and they owe ALL of that to me *cough*.

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

2000AD, Invincible, Secret Wars, The Authority… wow, I could go on and on with this question.  Big fan of Robert Kirkman, Mike Zeck, Ryan Ottley, Erik Larsen, Michael Golden… There’s so many that have fashioned how I approach my comicbook work, it’s hard to even scratch the surface on those that have influenced me. 

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

Each character is a part of me, as they have to be ‘channelled through me’ to make it onto the page. A bit like acting, I have to get into how they’d think or react in a situation before putting it onto the page.

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

One tip I’d offer up to anyone creating comics to look for inspiration beyond comics. Making a comic on sci-fi/cyberpunk? Put some time in researching new technologies and articles on conceptual futurism. Fantasy? Look at the past and see how our ancestors lived. The inspiration is out there. Go find it. 

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

I’ve been relatively unburdened by problems as a creator. Try and insulate yourself against hardships so that when one rocks up, you’re more than ready to tackle it. I’ve lost work before and have had to alter the way I create, but that’s only helped me when a similar situation arose. Make copies/back ups of your stuff. Always. Do it now!

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

I created the first issue of VANGUARD roughly 10 years ago, so what you read in the first issue has changed a lot by the current one (issue 16 as of writing). Stick with it, as I find my feet both artistically and as a writer as I go. 

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

VANGUARD is rolling on as I type this. I have several comic book projects in the works, this time working purely as an artist. Can’t talk too much about them right now though… whispers: the enemy has spies everywhere. 

You can read Dan's titles over on the Comichaus App now, or purchase a print copy from the Comichaus Marketplace by clicking on the cover images below.


Comichaus 2016 - #1
Awesome Comics  Vol.1 #1
Pure Dead Mental  Vol.1

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