Emerald City Comicon 2012: Interview with Brandon Graham

Eccc_12.logoLast weekend in Seattle, the Emerald City Comicon celebrated its tenth anniversary as the Northwest's premier gathering for fans of all things comics. The ECCC remains one of the last conventions devoted to comics without being overrun by the medium's extension into films and media hype.  Here, fans can readily connect with creators, and the 2012 show was once again full of talent. This week on Omnivoracious, we'll feature interviews with writers and artists who are behind some of the most talked about books and projects in the business.

Up first is writer and artist Brandon Graham, whose booth saw a lot of attention this year due to the success of his recent critically acclaimed title, Prophet, from Image Comics. The book is a re-launch of a best-forgotten hero last seen in the 1990s, and Brandon has made it all his own, full of science fiction adventure and creepy, dripping aliens. His fan-favorite series, King City--for which he is both the artist and writer--was collected in its entirety for this first time last month, and Brandon spoke to us about both books, his influences, and Russian werewolves.

Omnivoracious.com: Your art style reflects a graffiti influence, which is atypical for mainstream comics. Where does this stem from?

Brandon Graham: When I was a teenager, there wasn’t really a comic scene for me to connect with so I ended up hanging out with kids who did graffiti. I did that for a couple years and I always thought of it as a cousin art form to comic books, because Vaughn Bode, who did comics in the 1970s, was such a huge influence on graffiti. I really liked it; it relates a lot--I learned a lot about the culture of art and got trained in the roles of how to treat it with respect, I think.

Omni: This art style is especially on display in the finally collected, massive trade paperback of King City. At well over 400 pages, how long was the project in development?

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