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Comichaus Meets: Dave Evans

Today we meet FutureQuake Press editor, Dave Evans! 

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

Hi, I’m Dave Evans, also known as Bolt-01 and I’m one third of the core editorial team at FutureQuake Press (FQP) Also in the team are Richmond Clements and Owen Watts. We’ve been making small press anthologies since 2005.

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

The source has to be 2000 AD. For a long time it was the only comic I read and it has been a huge inspiration throughout my life.

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

That’s a difficult one. Our core drive here at FQP is to help the creators (writers and artists) to make the best strip they can. Be that by working with new writers to hone a script from rough outline to final script or by working with an artist who is at the beginning of their career and providing them with ever more challenging scripts to sharpen their skills before approaching larger publishers.

Within that there isn’t really a lot of room for ‘us’, so I would say that while there may not be a lot of direct voice from editorial, the whole book will have been shaped and molded.

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

Struggles? Hah! FQP have been working with new creators since our first issues. Some of those creators have come to us with almost no idea of how a comic is built. In fact it is fair to say that many of us in editorial only had a basic idea of what was needed and if you look at the earliest issues it shows.

However, we learned fast and now we are confident that we are providing the readers with quality work, delivered in the best possible format at the time.

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

Brace yourself. Each issue of FutureQuake, Something Wicked or the MangaQuake archive will contain stories that will thrill, surprise, shock and leave the reader wondering ‘wtf?’ The reader shouldn’t be surprised to learn that many of the creators of strips for FQP go on to greater things- writers like Cullen Bunn, Michael Carroll, Alec Worley and Rory McConville all started in these pages, as did artists Stewart McKenny, Keith Burns, Neil Roberts, Dan Cornwell and Paul Williams. FQP is proud to be the base from which new talent emerges.

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

We are always working on the next issue. In 2016 FQP moved from A4 magazine size to the more universally recognised US sized Trade. We doubled the size of each issue without doubling the price and the results speak for themselves.

Currently the plan is for Comichaus to run slightly behind the printed issues- but for now we are still uploading content regularly and from the views data provided by the team it looks like the issues are being regularly read.

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