Welcome to The Hot Seat, the column where we let professionals say share what's on their mind.
This week finds Scott Morse in the hot seat. In fact we've handed this column over to Scott for 3 separate columns with each including original artwork inspired by the subject he covers.
Scott's known for creator-owned work like "Volcanic Revolver" and "Soulwind." Currently in stores Scott has "Ancient Joe" from Dark Horse Comics and "Magic Pickle" from Oni Press. We encourage you to pick them both up.
Alright, so at conventions, I get these questions a lot, "What was the first comic you read, when did you know you wanted to do comics, what are your biggest influences…?" I'm sure every creator gets them and answers as best they can. I try to draw inspiration from everywhere I turn, real life, film, people I know, etc. Over the next three weeks, I'm going to lay down my biggest comic book roots under three separate headings: MAINSTREAM, INDY, and FOREIGN. In that order. I'm doing this because I think it'll be helpful to all the aspiring writer/artists out there to know where at least one writer/artist came from, comics-wise. But I'd also like to point out that if I'd ONLY drawn influence from the comics art form, I'd be screwed. Comics were hardly the only teacher I've had, but they were one of the first, and a powerful one.
|G.I. Joe by Scott Morse. G.I. Joe is a © of Hasbro, Inc.
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I think that was the first comic character arc that, story-wise, made me realize that comics were valid as entertainment. The first comic moment that hit me as art came with that fateful trade I made with my pal Billy…for G.I.JOE #21. All Snake-Eyes and Scarlett, and the introduction of Storm Shadow the ninja. And completely silent. This blew my mind. This was it. This was what the blending of writing and art was all about. I don't know if I defined it as such in the fourth grade, but I knew something phenomenal was happening in that dog-eared stapled pamphlet. Pure storytelling. Everything you needed, in its most primal form, to convey an exciting piece of entertainment. And not a single word. The genius of Larry Hama.
|Daredevil by Scott Morse. Daredevil is © Marvel Enterprises.
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These were the first books to knock me upside the head, great comics that came out of the eighties mainstream, hidden in ad campaigns for toys and the birth of the ninja as 'cool'. Fanboys, if you're reading, put down your hyper-drawn, digitally colored, badly executed pull-file specials and go dig up these lost gems. Find the originals, not some collections on slick paper with nice new color seps. Find the originals and pay the few bucks for them. See what made a nine year old realize that comics were worth his future.
-- Scott Morse