This Sunday, March 4th, the Dill Pickle Club is hosting a release party for Oregon History Comics: Vol. 1-10 at Powell’s Books (get the full details here). Don’t forget you can pre-order the box set of all ten comics at our shop (just $25/ members, $30/ non-members).
For the next four days, we’ll be posting interviews with some of the participating artists to provide context for Sunday’s release event. Today’s featured artist is Shawn Granton, illustrator of Oregon Bikes, a 40-page work that focuses on the story of Portland’s early bike builders.
Q: Were you familiar with the subject of the comic prior to this project? What kind of research did you do while creating it?
A: A little. I knew that Fred Merrill was a fairly big player in the “bike scene” during the turn of the century, but didn’t know how big he was. I didn’t do a heck of a lot of research since Sarah Mirk provided me with a goodly amount of reference photos and a decent script. I needed to find additional reference photos, though.
Read the full interview and check out more images after the jump…
Q: What can be learned from the history told in the story?
A: “Keep Portland Weird” and “bicycles as a big deal in Portland” are nothing new.
Q: What challenges did this project present to you?
A: Trying to draw accurate representations of the people involved in the story. Imagine having one small, blurry photo of the protagonist’s face from when he was young. Then imagine having to draw him in many scenes, in various poses, throughout the course of his life. That’s what I was up against.
Q: What were the things you most enjoyed about working on it?
A: Filling in areas of black. Soothing, soothing black.
Q: How can we find out more about your other illustration work?
A: Check out my art website: http://id.sito.org/sgr or see what I’m doing around town and elsewhere at http://urbanadventureleague.
blogspot.com/. Or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 14185, Portland OR 97293-0185