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Comichaus Meets: Rob Barnes

Today we meet creator, writer & artist, Rob Barnes.

/media/blog/library/rob-barnes.jpgPlease introduce yourself and your team (if you have one).

I’m Rob, creator/artist/letterer/etc of Gallant and Amos, and Hopper! Detective of the Strange. I also make Crash Orbit, a strip that runs in The Spark Magazine. All from Fair Spark Books. I also need to mention my previous editor, Dan Rushton and current one, Tom Stewart. Editors really help me put the polish on the books.

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

I started out reading Marvel comics around age 9 and as I got older, gravitated toward the ones with sci-fi elements in them, like the X-Men. As an artist, it was the artwork that drew me to certain titles. John Byrne, Gil Kane, Micheal Golden, Dave Cockrum… so many I can’t list! 

I am also fascinated with newspaper comic strips. Early on, I studied them for pacing and artistry. I remember when I was younger, studying how Chic Young from the Blondie comic strip broke up the storyline into daily snippets. Favorite strip creators are Bill Watterson, Dik Browne, Milt Caniff, Berkeley Breathed just to name a few.

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

I try to make each character unique, but there are always little things that creep into them. As I write more stories about them, they evolve and grow. After a while, when thinking of situations to put them into, they just start playing out the scenes in my head. Is it my personality in them or their personality in me?

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

Comics, movies, real life. I have collections of my favorite comic books and comic strips that I dive into from time to time to get revitalized. 

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

There is always some little part, whether it is a part of the story or some part of the artwork that needs tweaked and causes a struggle. But you just have to push through. The struggle pushes me to try to make it better. 

For years, I made comic strips. I even had one in the local newspaper for over 2 years. The real challenge was shifting from short, self contained comic strips to comic book pages that flowed one into the other. Instead of ending on a joke, I  need to end a page with something that keeps the reader moving forward.

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

With Hopper! Detective of the Strange, it is set in the 1940’s, so be ready to read odd slang from that era. Just sit back and enjoy the mystery.

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

There are 4 issues of Hopper! Detective of the Strange in this series. After that, I’m going to make some more issues of Gallant and Amos and I am making the Crash Orbit series that runs in the Spark magazine.

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


Hopper! Detective Of The Strange 2020 - Ongoing #1
Gallant & Amos Collected Adventures  #1
The Spark  #1

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