Issue #1

Ron Good

Ron (In the Superman shirt) and me at Paranoiacon.

Ron Good is the creator of God-Awful Comics. A small independent comic that is a throwback to the horror comics of the 50’s. I was first introduced to Ron and his comics through work. After I started there, I found out he was into comics and was writing and drawing his own. He would bring them in and hand them out to a number of his friends around the shop. He has been working on expanding his reach beyond the handful of people at his job and has put them in comic shops and is a regular at the local comic book conventions in our area.

When did you decide this was something you wanted to do?

I was about 12 or 13 when I started seriously drawing. I think I was drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil or crayon, but it took me about 13 years to develop any kind of skill. I always loved superheroes and cartoons. I read lots of comics! Back then, comics were the best place to get that kind of entertainment. These days, it’s everywhere.

How long have you been doing this?

I self published my first comic, “Eternal Highway” in May 1993.

Who/what was your initial inspiration?

I loved Marvel Comics back in the day. I think that was my dream job at the time. But now I like self publishing.

How often do you work on your writing/art?

I’ve been really lagging in that department lately. That’s the problem with having no boss or deadline. At this point in my life, I’m content with what I have achieved. I think I published over 50 comics and created 5 short animated films. The animation thing came as a surprise to me. I never thought the day would come when I’d be able to do something like that.

Do you have any writing/drawing rituals? 

No. These days, I draw whenever I feel like it. I’ve become very undisciplined! I don’t know. I’m enjoying life more now.

 What do you think makes up a good comic book story?

I like a story that grabs your interest right away. And I like characters that are relatable. If the story has an antagonist, the story should really focused around that character. That drives many great stories. And a good conclusive ending is a nice thing to have as well.

Where do you find your inspiration?

My recent work, God-Awful Comics, borrows from 1950s horror comics. Some would say “steals from”.

My copy of God-Awful Comics bare bones edition. Besides being comic fans, we are both fans of Douglas Adams. That’s why he gave me #42.

What tools do you use to create your comic book?

I work digitally now; on a computer. There are many art tools now that weren’t available when I started 30 years ago. And I have to admit, I like playing with new gadgets.

What element of your work gives you the most satisfaction?

Most people don’t believe it when I say this, but I get the most satisfaction out of photocopying, cutting, folding, and stapling my self published books! I love seeing the final product come together. I guess I should quit art and get a job as a book binder.

What the worst part?

Staring at a blank page trying to come up with the next idea. You see, God-Awful Comics is a horror anthology comic. I generally don’t have the same characters and stories in every issue. So each issue is a new story that I gotta think up. Sometimes I just hit a dry spell on ideas.

How much feedback do you get from your readers?

I get more than I thought I would. Originally, I did God-Awful Comics just for myself and to show to a few friends. I have a Facebook page for it. (just search God-Awful Comics)

How do you recharge your creative batteries? 

Take a break when needed. Do something else until the burnout passes.

What have you learned from doing this?

I think my writing ability has improved. That’s funny because there was this time in school where I took a drawing assignment in order to get out of writing an essay. That incident started me on art career. And now I’m a better writer because of it. Ironic.

Whats the best advice you have for new writers/artists?

Write naturally, exactly like the way you speak. For artists, be great storytellers. Say something with your art.

What’s the worst advice you have ever gotten?

I’ve gotten lots of bad advice. I’ll just say thoroughly scrutinize any and all advice you get.