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Interview with David Paul

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Interview with Writer, Comic Creator, Publisher and Letterist, David Paul. David is also the co-founder of Ugli Studios Presents, a creator-owned fantasy/horror/sci-fi anthology book.

Ugli Studios © David Paul & Jason Lenox.

1. Now my first question of the day is, how long have you been reading comics? And what got you into them originally?

DP: Been reading comics all my life since I was a child. Some periods in life I was more dedicated to the hobby than others. But I actually got into comics first through what were known as illustrated magazines with titles like Savage Sword of Conan, Vampirella, and the very first comics magazine I ever lusted for – Heavy Metal! Yeah, I was way too young to be reading those magazines. Especially HM.

2. Heh, at least it helped stimulate the imagination! As you are a writer, what inspired you to begin writing?

DP: Inspiration comes from everywhere. I believe certain types of creators are born to do exactly what it is they must. There is no choice. I’m not sure if that answers the question very clearly but I can tell you that my favorite book as a child was “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats. I’m sure in some way that book influenced me to write.

3. Definitely agree that inspiration can come from everywhere! Will definitely need to find that book! Are you a cat or dog kind of guy?

DP: I like both cats and dogs (and all animals) but I do love cats. I just have a better understanding of them and thereby a closer relationship. But why do we have to choose one over the other?

4. Good question! Guess some just have to have some sort of one or the other thing going on. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

This seems lame but it would be perfect health.

Ugli Studios © David Paul & Jason Lenox.

5. For some time now, I’ve been pretty curious on the JOSEPH! Web comic. What initially inspired you to come up with the concept?

It was a dream. I actually saw myself writing the comic and when I woke up I thought, why not! So I emailed some artist friends about it and everyone really liked the idea but Gary was the only one who took it and ran with it. When I got his studies back I was amazed and realized this was the dream becoming a reality.

6. You and Jason Lenox brought Ugli Studios together, and for those that don’t know about Ugli Studios what made the two of you decide to do this?

We met on the old Heavy Metal forums before they closed it. We had heard that Robert Rodriguez was helming the new HM movie and announced he was taking submissions. We produced a short that we sent to both HM and Rodriguez and enjoyed that experience. During that time the two of us were growing frustrated with sub-par standards in comics and decided we just wanted to do our own thing with no one telling us what to do or how to do it.

7. Do you have any belief in the supernatural?

Yes. I believe it’s both bullshit and a reality. The truth is somewhere in between and we just don’t know what it is.

8. I can definitely agree with your statement on the supernatural! Do you know if the new HM movie is going to animated or live action?

All reports indicate CGI. At one time Blur Studios was attached.

9. You got to love how dreams can inspire things. How long has the JOSEPH! web comic been active now?           

Maybe going on two years.

10. What was some of your favorite moments when bringing Ugli Studios Presents #1 to life?

That’s a hard question to answer. When you’re working it’s just work. And it was hard work. But if I didn’t love the work I wouldn’t be doing it, and I guess that’s a sentiment many can relate to.

11. What will we be seeing next from Ugli Studios?

Ugli Studios Presents vol 2.

Ugli Studios © David Paul & Jason Lenox.

12. Our final question for the ages, for those looking to break into the business. What kind of advice would you give them?

Well, I can’t offer much advice to artists so I’ll direct my answer at the writers. Write! Write! Write! Learn to write everything, and yes I mean EVERYTHING. Especially learn how to write about things you have absolutely no interest in. The first rule of writing is to write what you know. If you don’t know you better learn. One of the best things any aspiring writer can do is learn how to write TRUE journalism. Not blogging. Journalism. The next thing is to learn how to write long-form and short-form fiction. Big difference between the two. Then you’ve got to learn the basics of scripting. Learn how to write every type of script known to exist. Even radio. If you can’t discipline yourself enough to put the game controller away and write more than 3,000 words in no more than two days then writing isn’t for you. Writers write. Anyone can blog.

Now that's some good advice! Much thanks David for this interview!

To check out David's JOSEPH! strip, click on this link to go directly to his Facebook page. 

And to check out Ugli Studios, click here! You can also find the JOSEPH! strips there as well.

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