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Our science fiction and fantasy anthology series TALES FROM THE SEVENTH GALAXY continues in its tradition of thought-provoking stories and humor with a weird twist!
Travel through a cosmic gallery of interstellar loners, beautiful space gals, silly vampires, off-the-wall aliens and lots more in this latest offering from James Rubino with creative contributions from the legendary Larry Blake, inker extraordinaire Tom Ahearn- and a special tribute to the late Luisa Felix.
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TFTSG4 Interview with James Rubino conducted by Richard Krauss of Midnight Fiction.com:
Although your work makes up the majority of the issue, it also includes contributions from a number of different cartoonists. Looks as if Tom Ahearn inked your pencils on most (or all) of your stories, gags and pin-ups. How did you come to work together and tell us a little about your workflow.
I love to draw but I’ve never considered myself that great of an inker. Several months back Tom sent me an inking he had done of my character YUMISHIRA. It really looked fabulous and I asked Tom if he’d be up to doing more. He inked my entire MERAAMYA book and it really looked beautiful. Right now Tom is doing both the penciling and inking chores on my upcoming top-secret one-shot project and some of the pages he’s already sent me are real jaw-droppers! This book is really going to be great. Tom is professional all the way.
What prompted the book's lead story, “The Recluse”? It was one of my favorites from this issue.
In all my comics I usually like to include something of a more personal nature. With a story like that, which expresses really my own personal feelings about life, you wonder how many readers will relate to it or simply scratch their head.
The book includes quite a number of gag cartoons and one-pagers. Do these set-ups just occur to you spontaneously, or do you concentrate on coming up with funny ideas for them?
I have a fairly bizarre sense of humor and I’m constantly imagining strange but humorous situations. For instance, in a book like MERAAMYA- PRINCESS OF ARKTICOPOLIS- it was fun to portray how I feel people would react if they actually encountered a beautiful mermaid like that.
You included a tribute to the late Luisa Felix, who created the Candy Blondell comic strip. When did you first become aware of Felix and her work? What can you tell us about her?
Luisa Felix was a fine human being- a good and decent person. I’m very sad that she’s gone from us- even sadder that her beautiful and unique talent never really received the recognition it deserved. We began corresponding with each other I guess back in the late 1980s and continued to do so for many years, chatting on the phone occasionally as well. As her health continued to be an issue those communications became more infrequent.
She loved my FOLLOWERS OF THE ALL comic-series very much and created many, many illustrations for me of the characters. Some saw print back when I published the original “underground” series in the late 1980s but many remain unseen. Luisa also illustrated a science fiction story I’d written many years ago called “A Matter of Time”. It too was published “way back when”. She did a wonderful job on it and mentioned it to me many times. I’m planning to re-publish it again someday, probably in TALES FROM THE SEVENTH GALAXY.
She had also been working on a new fantasy script I’d sent her several years ago but her health issues continued to delay its completion. One of the last emails I received from her mentioned that she was still working on it.
Larry Blake has been an important contributor to JR Comics for a number of years. How did your working relationship develop? Blake has a six-page comic in TFTSG #4 called “The Judges”. Did he create it specifically for this issue?
I originally came up with the story “The Judges” back when I was thirteen years old. I always liked the idea and asked Larry to illustrate an updated version of the script some years ago. He did a wonderful job on it.
I began sending a number of my scripts to Larry to illustrate back during the late 1990s. Several have already been published in TALES FROM THE SEVENTH GALAXY and one in my recent PENPAL SWEETHEARTS FROM OUTER SPACE but more are still in my files awaiting publication including a complete 4-issue science fiction mini-series and a beautifully drawn mini-novel called “Atlantisa” which I’m planning on placing in ANCIENT TALES FROM THE FUTURE #2.
You've used Ka-Blam digital printing for all of your titles for the last few years, and readers can order them directly from IndyPlanet. Any thoughts about this? Any plans for other distribution?
Ka-Blam does a fine job on the printing and are very responsive to any concerns I might raise. That’s very important. With IndyPlanet I only have to post the books there and they do the rest. It’s much easier than stockpiling boxes of books and having to ship them yourself- especially when you don’t have a whole lot of that elusive thing called “free time”.
What sort of promotional activities do you use to promote your work?
In all honesty, self-promotion is my weak point. I enjoy creating comics very much but I’m probably not the best at promoting them- I’m not much of a salesman. I do manage my own website www.jamesrubino.com and garner interest from my Facebook page, James Rubino Comics, as well.
I'm impressed and inspired by your output. How do keep yourself motivated to keep creating comics? What can readers of the Rubino Universe look forward to?
Creating comics is something I’ve done for my own enjoyment since my childhood- it’s also I guess a form of diversion or relief from a lot of the problems and stresses in my personal life which over the past few years have been quite difficult. There’s nothing like having your mind focus on some outer space fantasy when life in this world becomes too bitter.
Right now I’m working on a second JARU SKETCHBOOK and also putting together the afore-mentioned one-shot book that Tom Ahearn is illustrating for me.
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