94 Out of the Shadows

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By Ellen Fleischer

94-Vevasis1Troy Vevasis is a comic book creator and writer. He is the author of Vincent Price Presents: In The Shadows #1 published by Storm Comics. Troy has self-published seven full comics and three minicomics so far. He has also been included in the following anthologies: Indie Comics Magazine #9, Oh, Comics! #23 Music Edition, The Gatekeeper Files, Uncanny Adventures Duo #2, WitchWorks #2–4, Blokes Terrible Tomb Of Terror Magazine #13, Hallowscream #7, Megabook M4, and Santa’s Favorite Tales.

IM: How long have you been making comics?

TV: I have been making comics for four years.

IM: Was this something you always planned to do? How did you get into it?

TV: I was always a big fan of comics. When I was a teenager, I started writing short prose stories. I later saw many indy comics online and decided to learn how to write comic scripts. I prefer to write comics because it is a great medium to bring the stories to life.

IM: Who would you consider to be some of your main inspirations?

TV: Jeph Loeb and Roy Thomas are my favorite comic book writers. Edgar Allen Poe and Robert E. Howard have had a huge impact on me as a writer.

IM: What is it about them that has inspired you?

TV: Jeph Loeb’s Batman comics are my favorite Batman comics and are among my favorite comics in general. I was always amazed at his ability to have so many characters in one book, but the book never seems crowded. Roy Thomas is one of few writers to capture the spirit of Conan the way Robert E. Howard intended. Edgar Allen Poe is one of the greatest American writers of all time. His horror stories have had a huge impact on me as a writer. The Cask of Amontillado is one of my favorite short stories. Robert E. Howard’s fast paced action and adventure stories have had a huge impact on me. He had the ability to blend great adventure plots with hints of horror and bizarre monsters.

IM: What training or life experiences have you had that got you into writing?

94-Vevasis3TV: I read a ‘how to write comic scripts’ book to get a better understanding of the comic script format.

IM: Could you describe your writing process? How do you travel from inspiration to publication?

TV: I spend a lot of time thinking about potential ideas. Once I feel strongly about an idea, I will give it a lot of thought and then write it. I will then look for artists and that would be a good fit for the comic. I then look for publishers or think about self-publishing.

IM: How did you come to create The Protector?

TV: That was the first comic project I ever worked on. I created that web comic to get my name out there.

 IM: Could you give us an overview?

TV: It takes place in the future, where an evil man named Eyi rules the earth with an iron fist. The Inventor and The Protector fight against him in hopes of restoring peace to Earth.

IM: And since then, you’ve gone on to self-publish another six titles! What can you share with us about them?

TV: I published the three-issue Tales of Trolik fantasy series. I then published the anthology Mysterious Comics and the science fiction comic Vaxdor and The Ikton Conflict. My most popular self-published project was the two-issue Ghostly Comics anthology. I also published three minicomics: Vaxdor and The Intruders and two all-ages books featuring a character called “Furry Qaileny.”  

IM: Your latest offering, Vincent Price Presents: In the Shadows just came out last month. Care to tease?

94-Vevasis4TV: Vincent Price Presents: In The Shadows #1 is published by Storm Comics. I am very happy to be a part of this project. I have been a fan of Vincent Price since I was very young. It was very surreal to write a comic featuring such an iconic actor! The story has elements of horror and tragedy, and takes place in the 1950s.

IM: What was the spark that set the ball rolling?

TV: I was in contact with the publisher and that led to me writing the comic for them.

IM: You’ve got a new art team this outing. How did you hook up with them?

TV: The artist J.C. Grande drew another comic I wrote called “The Duel,” that was published in Indie Comics Magazine #10. I am very happy that he is also a part of the Vincent Price project. The other members of the team were picked by the publisher.

IM: Is there any sort of common thread or theme that runs through your stories?

TV: Not really. I tend to write many different types of stories.

IM: Overall, how have you found the self-publishing experience?

TV: I think it is a good way for someone to make a name for themself in such a large community. It does, however, take a lot of time and effort to market the books and make they are available in as many places as possible.

IM: Could you share with us a bit of good advice that you got when you started making or publishing comics and/or a lesson you learned firsthand?

TV: I think the most important thing for someone who is just starting out is to make sure they get their name out there. I suggest self-publishing, writing web comics and getting into as many anthologies as you can. Once someone gets enough credits to their name, they will have greater opportunities. I also think a lot of patience is very important.

IM: You’ve also had some of your stories appear in comics anthologies. How has that experience been?

94-Vevasis2TV: It has been great! I think anthologies are a great way to get my work out there to as many people as possible.

IM: How are you handling the sales and marketing end of things?

TV: I have my comics for sale on Comixology, Drive Thru Comics and Store Envy.

IM: What does the rest of 2016 have in store for you? Any new projects on your horizons?

TV: I am working on a new self-published project that is almost finished. It should be out sometime this year. I continue to submit scripts to anthologies and publishers.

IM: Finally, how can our readers keep up with you and your work?

TV: My website is http://troyscomics.blogspot.com/. My comics can be purchased at https://www.comixology.com/Troys-Comics/comics-publisher/4692-0?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9pbXByaW50U2xpZGVy

http://www.drivethrucomics.com/browse/pub/8568/Troy-039s-Comics?term=troy – and http://troyscomics.storenvy.com/. My Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/troy.vevasis.

IM: Thanks so much!

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