Skottie Young is a busy man at conventions. From the moment the floor opens, to the second it closes, the popular artist of Marvel’s Oz adaptations is sketching and drawing non-stop. Luckily, he was able to take some time to sit down with us before the Con floor opened to chat about returning, once again to Oz, why drawing chickens is easy, and the future of digital downloads.
Yes, I know, every interview on MTV Geek ends up being about chickens and downloads. Just read the interview:
MTV Geek: Every time I’ve passed by your table here, you’ve been swamped… What, generally, is a convention like for you?
Skottie Young: A lot of drawing. Mostly a lot of drawing… And a lot of talking. [Laughs] Since I’ve been doing Oz, there’s been a nice influx of new audiences, younger people, a lot of females… A lot of nice new people who are getting excited about comics, so it’s exciting to kind of just sit and chat with those guys.
But the first thirty minutes of a show, I get a list of about seventy people [laughs] wanting sketches, so you spend the weekend doing that.
Geek: Well, let’s talk Oz. You’re starting to wrap up Ozma of Oz…
SY: The seventh issue came out this past Wednesday, and I finished inks and John’s almost finished colors on eight. So we’re all wrapped up on the art duties for eight, and I just finished the first cover for the next run.
Geek: Do you feel like your style has progressed at all as you’ve gone through the Oz series? Have you gotten more comfortable in the world?
SY: I feel like, just like when you do anything for any amount of time, you’re going to get better as you go. But I felt very comfortable almost right away, since it felt so natural to begin with. I was talking to a friend the other day… I pulled out the original hardcover, and was looking how loose and frantic everything was, and realized over time… My brush work had gotten tighter. I found myself having to intentionally get looser to match what was pretty loose to begin with. Over time, you just get so used to the tool. Read More...