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Comichaus Meets: Tom Sparke

Today we meet creator, cartoonist & illustrator, Tom Sparke!

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

I am Tom Sparke, cartoonist, illustrator and creator of Captain Fishbeard, the weekly webcomic.

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

Wow, so so many! My two biggest comics heroes are Ian McGinty (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Glint) and Jamie Smart (Looshkin, Bunny vs Monkey, Find Chaffy) as I have enjoyed their work immensely and learnt from them in so many ways. My favourite comics over the years include Goon (by Eric Powell), Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Invader Zim and Luna the Vampire (Yasmin Sheikh). 

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

Lots! But mostly my silly side – I would say Captain Fishbeard is a mix of people in character. He is silly and warm-hearted but sometimes quite sensitive too. There’s always inspiration drawn from people I know in my characters. 

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

Anywhere I see something that makes me laugh – it is usually irreverent chats with friends or with my wife, Lucy. Sometimes it’s conversations with my children – Fishbeard is a lot like a 4-year-old! He’s curious and confused a lot but always approaches people with a naïve friendliness.

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

I’ve had a lot of challenges over the years. Learning how to self-publish was a steep curve but an enjoyable one – I had issues with print setup, ISBNs, distribution, exposure and many more too. Using web-based comic platforms, like Webtoon or Tapas, is a very easy and quick way to get our work out and services like Comichaus make getting the collected works out very simple too 

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

6Absolutely nothing! You can dive into any episode as no prior knowledge is required. There are occasionally call-backs to previous jokes but they are written to be enjoyed as a series or as a one-off. As long as you can suspend your disbelief that a fish-guy is talking to other sea creatures you’ll be fine! 

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

Captain Fishbeard is back releasing every Wednesday at CaptainFishbeard.com after a short break. The second collected book is coming out very soon and can be pre-ordered through FairSparkbooks.co.uk – I also have a book of monster family photos coming out soon, called ‘Fiends and Family’ and you can pre-order this at AlphaFresh.co.uk

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


Captain Fishbeard  Vol.1 #1

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