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Comichaus Meets: Nick Bryan

Today we meet creator & writer, Nick Bryan.


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

Hi, I’m Nick Bryan, I come from Essex and have been writing my funny yet sad stories since the early 2000s. I’ve only recently moved into making comics, despite them being my favourite narrative form, because I love them so much it intimidates me.

I’ve worked with a lot of creators on short comics in the last couple of years, many of which you can read on my website, but for my two standalone one-shots up on Comichaus right now, I’ve worked with Rosie Alexander (on Little Deaths of Watson Tower), a new artist with a lush, illustrative style that really brought the tiny grim reapers to life, and Lucas Peverill (on Moonframe) in a spooky, tech-heavy, scifi-horror vibe.

I also got DC Hopkins on for Moonframe, after he did some great letters on a few of the shorter stories.

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

Recent British writers coming into genre with a wry, deconstructive eye definitely spoke to me, like Kieron Gillen (especially Journey Into Mystery and Uber!) and Si Spurrier (especially Six Gun Gorilla and X-Men: Legacy!). And of course I was reading Warren Ellis and Garth Ennis growing up.

Although I don’t think I’m as grounded as Ennis - just can’t resist a cosmic movement or huge metaphor!

The recent trend of high-concept creator owned books, both in US and UK indies, definitely left me with a desire to join in. As well as the above writers doing their takes on that (plus a million other things like East of West, Saga, Giant Days, Black Hammer and Revival), I enjoy writers like Fraser Campbell and Matt Garvey trying similar things at a British indie level.

Also I should mention the SILENCE and Awesome Comics podcasts, plus John Lees’ newsletter, for giving me that final push into doing it for real.

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

I often swerve away from starting with a basic Everyman to avoid writing myself, but they’re probably all me to some degree. There’s always a high level of self-awareness, if nothing else, whether it manifests as wryness or anxiety.

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

Honestly, I’m often inspired to go for a specific feeling or genre based on the style of the artist I want to work with, and then I turn that over in my head until I come up with an angle that feels fresh or interesting or emotionally affecting.

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

The biggest struggle is usually signing off the scripts. The number of times I’ve decided a script is ready to go to be drawn, and then changed my mind, is pretty gigantic for any given project, especially as I know it’d be much more annoying to do this after sending it to other collaborators.

I always have a ‘feeling’ in my head about how I want a given comic to be, and it takes a while for the actual script to get there.

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

My comics so far have all been standalone, so hopefully you can all jump right in!

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

I’ve got two more one-shots in opposite ends of production - I’m hoping they should both be with you by the end of the year though. One of them is with Fair Spark Books, which is exciting as they’re lovely folk and their associated charity Little Heroes does great work..

Aside from that, I’m trying to get a script and pitch for a slightly longer project nailed down, which is taking even longer (multiple false starts on signing off that script), but it’s coming!

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


Moonframe 2019
The Little Deaths of Watson Tower 2018

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