Growing up in the small town of Lockhart, Texas, comics were not easy to come by. In fact, if it wasn’t for my Aunt’s love of garage sales and her efforts to bring me along, I may never have developed the passion for the medium that I have today. My first comic book was actually a parting gift from my neighbor who gave it to me before I moved from Austin when I was a young boy. (The comic was X-Factor #62, the one with the awesome Jim Lee cover!) Something struck a chord with me when I first read that comic.
That’s where my passion for the medium of comic books began. As a boy, I remember spending countless occasions with my cousin writing and illustrating amateur comic stories. We thought they were the best, and that if Stan Lee gave us a minute of his time, we were going to knock his socks off with the work we had done. I still have a few pages of those “comics”, and let’s just say if we had been given the chance to present to Stan Lee, we would be in for a disappointing meeting. That’s ok though because I’ve gotten a lot better since then! (I think!)
Unfortunately, as I got older and time passed, my cousin’s and my own aspirations to create comics waned. For some reason I can’t recall, comics fell by the wayside and my dreams of being a comic great were shoved to the side. I then went to and eventually graduated from college, but that whole time, there was a void in my life that I couldn’t figure out how to fill. I would eventually realize, it was a void caused from ignoring my need to create and my need to have comics in my life.
I really hadn’t realized how much comics meant to me until I looked back and realized all they had helped me accomplish. From learning how to read, to graduating college, and everything in between: comics have been a driving force in my life. I think that’s why I felt a piece of myself was missing when I ignored my creative impulses.
I am now married to an amazing woman and we have three dogs together, I also have a full-time job, but my passion for creating comics is stronger than ever. Everyday, I strive to get my work published and as often as possible. Along with the works published by Anomalous Comics, I look forward to launching Kickstarter campaigns to fund the publications of my many of my other written works. I also have a Youtube channel web show devoted to comics, film, and pop culture called “1st Edition”. (Here is a link to the page for anyone interested!) https://www.youtube.com/user/geochampful/videos
My ultimate goal is to write something worth remembering and to work full-time in the comics industry.
Favorite comic book(s)?
Preacher, Fables, X-Men, WE3, All-Star Superman, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Avengers, Justice League, What If… and many others!
Favorite Movies and shows?
Doctor Who, Rocky, LOST, The Lord of The Rings, Old School, X-Men the Animated Series, Dragon Ball Z, The Matrix, John Capenter’s The Thing, Alien, Aliens, Star Wars, The Avengers, and many others!
My wife, my dogs, my parents, Robert Rodriguez, and Stan Lee!
Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, Max Brooks, Dennis O’Neil, Stephen King, Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Bill Willingham, and many others!
Micheal Turner, H.R. Giger, Alex Ross, Jim Lee, Steve Ditko, Marc Silvestri, Frank Frazetta, Jack Kirby, Neil Adams, Ryan Ottley, John Byrne, J. Scott Campbell, and many others!
Favorite Books and Comics
X-Men : Days of Future Past, Batman : Venom, Fables : March of the Wooden Soldiers and The Last Castle, Preacher (The whole series!), Batman : The Dark Knight Returns, The Stand, The Dark Tower Series, The Talisman, Rebel Without a Crew, World War Z, New X-Men (The whole run!), All-Star Superman, WE3, “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” (Short story!) and many others!
If I could make one movie (or two)…
My own adaptation of X-Men : Days of Future Past and remake Star Wars : Episode 3!