On McBlack

When I was young and stupid, I decided that I was going to draw and write an ongoing comic series called The Bad Man. It was about a monster who wandered all over a strange landscape, picking fights with more or less everything he came across and stopping only to replenish his supply of ammunition, which he would spend in vast quantities. I went through all of my sketchbooks looking for monster designs which I could pit against him. One of these designs, which I think dated back to high school, became the character McBlack, who was to be a...

On Kagemono

My first published comics were anthologies: One More Bullet and Rockstar Pizza. They were a mixed bag of whatever I had written at the time–I write in whatever genre takes my fancy on a given day, and the anthologies reflected that. Autobiography, travel, science fiction, horror, war stories, comedy–whatever I felt like doing and could hustle some poor artist into drawing. Hard Words, which followed those two books, was presented in the same spirit, except for that book I asked a group of my writer friends to contribute. It was through Hard Words that I first met Yuriko Sekine, who...