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Comichaus Meets: Robert White

Today we meet creator, writer & artist, Robert White.

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

Hi, I’m Rob White the creator, writer & artist of SurrealsVille. I live in Suffolk in the UK & have been making webcomics for around ten years. SurrealsVille is my second webcomic-Versus being my first. I’ve also produced illustration work for Multitude of Movies magazine, Synaesthesia magazine & I was the artist on the independent comic Titan Defender Pushka. 

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

As a child, I was heavily into & inspired by comics like Peanuts & The Far Side so Charles Schulz & Gary Larson were big influences on making me want to make comics. I also love superhero comics: both Marvel & DC we’re big inspirations. 

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

Well a lot of my characters in SurrealsVille are based on me, my friends & my family so a fair bit! Most of these characters though are exaggerated versions of the people they’re based on-I’d like to think I’m not as dumb as Rob in the comic can sometimes be! 

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

For SurrealsVille I was inspired mainly by the world around me-my day jobs tend to be customer facing & the general public provide all sorts of funny ideas & stories: you tend to see people at their best, their worst & also their oddest. 

Comics-wise, my two biggest inspirations for SurrealsVille were Sarah’s Scribbles & Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal-two great webcomics. With Sarah’s Scribbles I really liked the slice of life elements & observational comedy aspect & that was something I really wanted to bring to SurrealsVille. Another thing I wanted to achieve with the comic was the ability to do a range of different things with it-different types of jokes; whether it be something inspired by real life events or just riffing on something in popular culture & Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal was a big influence for that side of things.

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

Time. Unfortunately comics isn’t a full time job for me so I have to work a day job which limits the amount of time I have to focus on creative projects. I’m usually pretty good at staying on top of my deadlines, but it’s be great to have a bit more room to breathe-to be able to work on some other projects at the same time. 

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

As many have pointed out-I like my puns! But there are a lot of other types of humour in my work too. Ultimately the aim of SurrealsVille is provide a bit of a laugh, maybe make you look at things slightly differently every now & then & hopefully put a smile on your face.

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

I’m now in my third year of SurrealsVille & I’ve got lots of ideas-I want to try some new things out this year: still comedy-based but some things that will be a bit more personal, some things that will try to make a point or tackle an issue. Apart from that, I’m looking to release some collections of my first webcomic Versus-the series ran for quite a few years so I have a wealth of material. I’ll be adding a lot of previously unreleased stuff as well as some improved/remade comics & a whole load of behind the scenes material too. I’ve also got a couple of scripts I’m working on for some more narratively driven stories-some sci-fi, some horror: some very different stuff compared to my usual work but I think I’ve got some fun ideas to play with.


You can read Robert's titles over on the Comichaus App now & check out more info over on the Comichaus Marketplace by clicking on the cover images below.

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SurrealsVille  Vol.1
SurrealsVille  Vol.2

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