A little while back I ran across a comic on Kickstarter that just spoke to me: Wishful Thinking. The story was about a ex-Genie who becomes a wish consultant. That Kickstarter went on to fund, and now Wishful Thinking is back with their second issue on Kickstarter.
Jack was kind enough to take a few minutes and let me pester him with questions.
At what point did you sit down and think “I want to be a comic writer?”?
I’m a big fan of all those comics, too! And Mark Waid’s run on The Flash is by far and away my favorite run on the character. Who inspires you? Or do you have a favorite writer/artist or creator?
How do you manage your daily/family life with your creative work? Is this your 9 to 5 or is this your 10 to 2?
I do much the same thing with my to do tasks, but sadly the thing that probably is the hardest to figure out is promotion. It’s often difficult to get word out about independent comics. What do you do to market and promote your books? Anything work really well or really poorly?
What’s your process look like when you’re writing? Do you go with the full outline? Or are you a fly by the seat of your pants type?
I love the idea of Wishful Thinking! What inspired you to write Wishful Thinking?
What’s been the reaction to the book?
Are there themes and/or subjects you find yourself drawn to again and again in your work?
You ran your first Kickstarter for issue #1 and funded. I’m interested in the idea that you weren’t using the Kickstarter to fund the comic but instead used it to “introduce” yourself to the greater comic community. Do you feel like you succeeded in that goal?
I’ve found that the difference between having the book done or still waiting on the book to finish after the Kickstarter can be stressful, so I’m going to try and have any future issues done before then. Now that you’ve just launched your second issue on Kickstarter, what have you learned about the process of Kickstarter? Something that afterward you “wished” you knew?
What’s the overall plan with Wishful Thinking? Do you have an overall target for the number of issues?
Comics is an amazing collaborative medium. Tell me a little about working with Carlos Trigo, the artist on Wishful Thinking.
If you could go back in time ten years, what advice might you have for your younger self? Something you wish you knew?
Anything else that you’d like people to know about you (Hobbies? Passions? Favorite TV Show)?
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Where’s the best place to find out more about Wishful Thinking and maybe any other projects you have in the pipeline?
John McGuire is writer of the sci-fi novel: The Echo Effect.
He is also the creator/author of the steampunk comic The Gilded Age. If you would like to purchase a copy, go here!
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His other prose appears in The Dark That Follows, Hollow Empire, Beyond the Gate, and Machina Obscurum – A Collection of Small Shadows.
He can also be found at www.johnrmcguire.com