Blayne Belter – Space-5.com webcomic – interview
Blayne Belter: It’s an all ages comic (fun for kids and adults alike) about space travel and being lost. Our adventurers are trying to find their way back home to earth.
SW: What made you want to create webcomics?
BB: I’ve always wanted to create a story start to finish. Learning a bit about creating websites made me want to make something more custom that stood out a bit from the webcomic crowd. Also, it is free to publish and delivering content is pressure free!
SW: Why an all ages space theme?
BB: So much story telling freedom because so much is unknown. Always loved Star Wars and Marvel comics as kids. So we hope other kids can’t get enough of it like we couldn’t. You can hit on the science fiction aspect without being science specific.
BB: No you shouldn’t. This is a straight forward story, featuring boredom as the main theme.
SW: I understand on this webcomic you’ve done extensive character studies, do you want to tell us about your process?
BB: We started with the names. All of our characters are named after historic scientists and inventors. From there we gave them archetypal traits and they have been falling into place with ease as we have been creating dialogue and story.
BB: Wow. I have friends that can draw the pants off me (literally, they would make it look hilarious). I think it is more fair just to call me a story teller.
SW: What direction do you see the sequential art medium moving in?
BB: I think print and web are doing great. I think the original story telling is getting bigger and bigger. The big guys like Marvel and DC and their off shoots will always be fine, but the promotion Image has done to new content and some of the excellent web comics out there have played a huge role in getting other people involved. There really is something out there for anyone and everyone!
BB: Walking Dead… always. Thanks Dave at Powers Comics for starting me on it 10 years ago. I just started rereading Bone by Jeff Smith, because I love it and I have the whole Scholastic collection in color. Before that I reread Barry Ween by Judd Winnick. The last stash I bought was Afterlife with Archie (pretty good so far) and finished up my run with Batman and the great Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Saga is always a favorite too. OK. I have too many.
SW: And last but not least, when have you laughed the hardest?
BB: When a junior high school friend of mine lit a fart at my family cottage.