Anomalous Comics: Let’s start with the basics. Who are you and what do you do?
Brian McCranie: Brian McCranie, Freelance Illustrator (mostly) Writing, Penciling, Inking, Coloring. My work has appeared in web comics, graphic novels, and literary fiction.
AC: What Projects have you done or been a part of?
BM: The Sum of Light (a Lovecraft mythos inspired action/adventure/horror comic), Venezia (a contemporary historical revenge story) , various book covers for Rainstorm Press, illustration for The Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen (AD&D adventure module), They’re Coming (a zombie card game), and other various projects.
AC: Was there a major event that led to your decision to draw comics?
BM: Strangely I’ve been drawing comics since I was in kindergarten. The thing that lead me to drawing comics full time was trying to find a place to get critiques on my work (then it admittedly wasn’t very good by any stretch of the imagination) on various forums. I was offered a job by a guy who liked my work and I just jumped into freelancing headfirst.
AC: Who are your influences?
BM: HR Giger, Zdzisław Beksiński, Bernie Wrightson, Todd McFarlane, Gregg Capullo, David Finch, Tim Vigil, James O’Barr.
AC: What would you be doing now if you weren’t making comics?
BM: I really don’t know. I’ve never really pictured myself doing anything else. Film, maybe.
AC: What advice can you give to aspiring creators?
BM: Draw every day, hit your deadlines, be a professional, and keep at it.
AC: What’s your favorite quote?
BM: “As long as on the earth endures his life To deal with him have full and free permission; Man’s hour on earth is weakness, error, strife.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part
AC: What’s your favorite comic series or OGN? What are you reading now?
BM: Walking Dead, Snyder and Capullo’s NEW 52 Batman, Swamp Thing (the Alan Moore run). As far as non-comics, I’m rereading David Wong’s John Dies at the End, and This Book is Full of Spiders.
AC: What are your dream projects? Just in case someone who can make that happen is reading this.
BM: Actually, The Sum of Light right now at this point is my dream project, I created it and it’s got everything that makes me enjoy the work I do in it. But there are Big Two or indie books I wouldn’t mind taking a crack at.
AC: What are you most looking forward to this year?
BM: Finishing Sum of Light more than anything. I love the project but I’m just looking forward to its completion. I think I just want to read it cover to cover.
AC: Where can we find you?
AC: Anything else you’d like to add?
BM: Just looking forward to seeing how Anomalous Comics rises; best of luck to you guys!