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Comichaus Meets: Stuart John McCune

Today we meet creator, writer & artist, SJMcCune.

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

Hi my name is SJMcCune and I create for my own Millicent Barnes Comics imprint.

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

Influences I wear on my sleeve - Ditko, McMahon/Dillon/Bolland etc especially Block Mania, Dan Clowes, Milo Manara, Moebius, Charles Burns, Ted McKeever's Metropol, and Jaime Hernandez.

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

Not much of my personality goes into my characters anymore. I write many female characters, many different nationalities, older people. It is more of a challenge and you learn more as a writer if nobody is starting from your personal viewpoint. I think it's a problem with many male writers particularly on female superhero books that even if they are respectful you are still hearing the male voice and a male decision making process.

Don't misunderstand me though I do not believe that only a female can write a female personality in the same way I don't believe you have to be Japanese to cook ramen. Writing is not about restriction, it's about creating characters by moving as far into their personality as possible.  

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

Inspiration like all aspects of creation is a process and once you can recognise your own patterns within that process it becomes easier to harness. A few weeks before I write a script I will have a basic ideas rolling around but I find I open myself up at this point and inspiration is absorbed from everywhere - immediate surroundings, books, music, dinner conversations, random world news.

Rarely cinema though - I get distracted. Usually at that inspiration stage of the process I seem to record people's behaviour more too. It lasts until the script is written and then it locks up again as another part of me is opened for the next stage of creating the comic.

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

I have no struggle because I create the entire book - script, art, colour, lettering, & design. The only thing I could say in terms of struggle is that the market is incredibly saturated so unless you scream at people all day online it's harder to be heard on the merits of your work alone.

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

They need to make sure they know how to get back. 

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

By the time this comes out the Actors Kickstarter will have just finished. This year to date I've made MBC Library Volume 3 OGN, 4 Human Beings Supplements, Three issues of Reality Paper, and the Reality Paper vol 1 collected edition. Every week I add to my ongoing subscription title MANifestation too.

The rest of the year will see Actors, The Human Beings seven and eight, beginning again in July more monthly Reality Paper, plus possibly late fall/early winter the MANifestation trade paperback. The first of the Human Beings books will be on Kickstarter in August and the second roughly  around Hallowe'en. I may do a new ghost story too if I get the time.

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


Monologue  Vol.1 #1
Sliced Quarterly  Vol.1

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