Interview with William 'Slim' Black

Greetings to all who dare enter. This month I delightfully put somebody through the mill who is a hopeful up and coming artist, William �Slim� Black. Please read on and enjoy watching me make another supple victim quiver at my quantitative query. Note: Some of my questions pertain to Mr. Black�s newest graphic novel, Ayot Nom: Bloody Red Path. You can learn more about it at

Let us begin; the hounds of hell grow hungry for Mr. Black�s entrails.

MM: So Mr. Black, what can you tell us about Ayot Nom: Bloody Red Path?

SB: Dude, call me Slim.

MM: Uh, okay, Slim, what can you tell us about Ayot Nom: Bloody Red Path?

SB: It�s the first big project I get to cut my teeth on; it�s also about a man so f�n crazy with revenge. It�s going to be a fun ride even though the first 5 issues start off slow, issue 6 is the kicker and that�s when you see how far his rage goes. Also, Dave [Montoya] did what a lot of others in this comic book world wouldn�t do, and that�s letting someone just bust it out. Right off the brain there�s no writing script; it�s (laughs) just a story in my head. I think Dave�s method will revolutionize the comic business if this works! Dave Montoya�s my mother f�n hero, you know, this kat�s a writer too.

MM: Tell us about some of the main characters.

SB: There�s Myo, the old swordsman, he�s based on an actual sword-saint�but I can�t say the real name due to copyright type stuff. There�ll be more people dumped into the story. I kindda make it up as I go along. (Laughs)

MM: Other than being the artist on this project, you are the plotter. How was it to come up with the direction of the story?

SB: It was easy, I mean, revenge is a straight line or damn near; a lot of thinking.

MM: And now William, this Iron Maiden might get a bit uncomfortable when you first step inside. Oh, but that�s what makes this job so much fun! What do you think about Rebecca Lofgren doing the scripting?

SB: I like it so far, I�ve only read the dialog for issue one. But it was good and I hope she can keep it up!

MM: When did you first start drawing?

SB: I think age six; so I�ve been at it for 22 years�damn I�m getting old! I�ve got three kids, a receding hair line, and gray hairs�damn those kids. (Laughs)

MM: Interesting. Let me put this blow-torch down and then see if my cauldron is boiling hot yet. So what people, if any, have influenced your own artwork?

SB: T. Lewis. He�s the creator of �Over the Hedge.� He�s a f�n bad-ass dude! I�ve watched the guy bust some stuff out when I was younger. Now that�s someone I�d like to work with sometime. Also my Grandma, she�s a really good artist too. She paints some cool wild life stuff and she�s helped me a lot. I spent a year at her house; it was awesome time in my life. During that time, my days went like this: wake up, draw a bit, eat, draw a bit longer, eat some more, draw again, sleep and repeat. (Laughs) Also this guy on Facebook named, BLACK ANT, there�s Courtland Ellis. I love this guy�s work �cause it�s super clean (if I was going to copy someone�s style, it�d be Courtland�s). Oh and there�s this fool named NAR, he�s way the f�n out there with the detail, there�s a lot of artists that I just like their work.

MM: Why are they so influential to your own work?

SB: Their motivation. They do their best, so it makes me wanna push myself and work harder because, my 1 � year old, she�s always attacking me when I�m trying to work. (Laughs)

MM: Alright Slim, let us now burrow into the darker places of your mind. What types of comic books do you enjoy reading in your spare time?

SB: NONE! Not any more, no comic book shops in Omak WA, and I quit reading the mainstream. I mean really, how many times does Spider-man have to fight Green Goblin? Or, how many times does Batman die or Superman? In the world of comics all the stories have all been done before.

I do read a graphic novels, though, like �Blade of the Immortal,� which is the only one I still read. That series is awesome for lack of a better word.

MM: Well Slim, now that the Iron Maiden has done its work, I�ll move you into this nice antique cauldron that has come to a rolling boil. In ten minutes, you�ll be done and we all know what that means. Dinner!! But first I have some more in depth questions, of course.

MM: Other than comics, what else do you like to do?

SB: Draw, spray paint (I like graffiti art), read, hang with the kids and wife, play Xbox, skateboard (and hope I don�t break a bone) and I do watch a lot of anime.

MM: Do you have any other projects which you are working on now or is there something else coming out in the future, we should know about?

SB: Well, I�m working on a book called �YoYo� for Q.E.W. Publishing. It�s been a fun project; also I�m trying to get this whole drawing with a Wacom Tablet down (I bought one back in February).

MM: What do you do with yourself when you�re not drawing?

SB: See answer to question nine. (Laughs)

MM: All right, I really want to thank you for taking the time to talk with us, today. Is there anything we didn�t cover that you would like to share with the readers?

SB: BUY MY BOOK! MY RIBS ARE SHOWING; my wife says I need to make some f�n money or I need to find a real job! So please buy my book at:

MM: Ah, it�s okay Slim, I�m not a picky eater. So anything else, Slim?

MM: Slim? Uh oh, he�s been boiled alive sooner than I expected. I should have finished the interview before the victim expired. Oh well, now I can eat.

MM: Strange, he tastes funny. Oh wait, I poisoned him at the beginning of the interview. Aakk � I�m having trouble breathing! My only regret is that I didn�t torture more victims�

About the Author

The true origin of the Myth Master is unknown. Popular theory suggests he was once human, over 1,500 years old, when he learned the secret of immortality in the ancient tome of the Necronomicon. He currently stalks unsuspecting victims in the hopes of obtaining �entertaining� interviews for his column.
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