Find A New Hero Series: Mike Hampton
Mike has been busy since we first me - making music, a documentary "I Dream of Being an Artist and It Makes Me Sick", and a mind blowing amount of amazing artwork. So let's delve into Mike Hampton's world:
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
What is your favorite work you have done?
Well, my most favorite is my newest stuff, a comic I created, wrote and drew myself called Eagle Eye & The Quail. It’s a superhero-comedy story of 2 guys following their passions, and realizing their own self-worth in the process. All the way from the writing to the coloring and artwork, I think it is hands down my best stuff. But the problem has been trying to market it. A superhero comedy with a premise of personal growth and self-worth is a hard pitch, and I haven’t really mastered how to sell it just yet. It is also hard getting most of my fans to get into it since it is so different from my last book, Hot Zombie Chicks, which is a horror genre. Although I did recently reprint some of my Captain A-hole’s Guide to Dating & Guide to Customer Service, and I have to say those books have held up and make me laugh. They are my funniest books, so they are a bit of my favs too.
|"... personal growth and self-worth is a hard pitch" Really? Because I'm sold already!|
|Love the animated version on Mike's website|
Do you still draw people at your booth? And what does it cost?
Yes, I still draw people at my booth, only I’ve stopped with the zombie characters. Typically I would sketch people as a zombie for $5.00 at conventions. I actually started doing that since I was knee deep in the zombie world drawing Hot Zombie Chicks, putting together a Zombie Beauty Pageant for the Sacramento Horror Film Festival, and I even titled my 3rd album “Zombie”. Basically, I got zombied-out. I also felt like the zombie thing went so mainstream, that it wasn’t really unique anymore. So, since I have moved on to new things, like a super-hero book, I have started sketching people as superheroes for $5 at the cons. Of course, I’ve had people want to pay a bit more for more than just a sketch, which is great. It’s a great way to get to know my fans, have conversations with people, and really just kind of hang out and chat at my table. I put up a little sign, with a sketch of me looking like a ridiculous superhero, and people can just walk right up and point at the sign and get drawn.
When are you typically available to offer this?
Would it be possible to bring a picture of someone from home and have you sketch them for a personalized souvenir?
It is definitely possible. I have done that many times where I have drawn people from pictures, mostly pictures off of someone’s phone. It’s totally a unique way to bring someone that wasn’t at a convention something back. I have even drawn pets, or someone’s significant other. Some people have asked me to draw them as a certain superhero like Wonder-Woman, or the Hulk. When I was really heavy with the drawing zombies I think I drew anything you could imagine involving zombies. People have a pretty wild imagination. I drew this group of 3 friends as a 3-headed zombie, I drew a guy as the Big-Boy Burger Kid zombie. Couples sometimes would ask for me to draw one of them being human devoured by the other one who is a zombie. Same kind of thing for the superhero drawings - a couple might ask me to draw one as a villain and one as the hero. I have drawn babies from pictures as Wolverine. A lot of times I draw people as their “inner” superhero… meaning I’ll take a look at them and access what their super power is, and just go with that. Like if someone’s holding a coffee I might draw them shooting coffee out of a tank on their back and name them, “The Caffeinator!”
What other uses have people found for your designs? Tattoos... etc.
What is your favorite autograph or collectable you’ve picked up at a convention?
For our readers who have seen “I Dream of Being an artist... and it makes me sick”, how have things changed since you completed the documentary?