Sketchy Conversations: An Interview with Butch Mapa

Sketchy Conversations: An Interview with Butch Mapa

There’s nothing like a pandemic to make the world seem small. In this uncertain time, I started checking in with various friends and creative collaborators around the globe. One of the furthest away (with a literal 12-hour time difference) is Butch Mapa, whom I worked with on Hart Jeffers’s sci-fi comic SOL for Run Riot Media. Given Butch’s name has started to appear in Diamond’s Previews at an increasing rate, our check-in on Facebook Messenger quickly turned into an opportunity to also dive into his experience and insight for ShoutFyre.

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Comics in the Time of Coronavirus by Steve Stegelin

Comics in the Time of Coronavirus by Steve Stegelin

Comics in the Time of Coronavirus
If you’re a genre geek like me, the past couple weeks have likely called to mind the opening chapters of Stephen King’s The Stand or the closing credits of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, watching a contagion fan out and flare up around the globe

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Going Home Again: Revisiting Past Projects By Steve Stegelin

Going Home Again: Revisiting Past Projects By Steve Stegelin

Today, I’m probably best known for my long-running gig as an editorial cartoonist and illustrator at Charleston City Paper. Even though it’s a local alt-weekly, I’ve managed to gain recognition across the continent through awards, convention appearances, and a TEDx talk. But to some, I’ll always be known for my 90s-era indie comic Boondoggle. 

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Juggling the Projects on Your Drawing Board by Steve Stegelin

Juggling the Projects on Your Drawing Board by Steve Stegelin

One of the biggest ongoing challenges as a working cartoonist? Keeping up with all the projects and deadlines that need your attention. Case in point, in any given week, I’m trying to find time for a couple deadlines for Charleston City Paper, a blog post for Shoutfyre, and a handful of extra or personal projects

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From the Drawing Board: Character Design, Collaboration, and Carnies by Steve Stegelin

From the Drawing Board: Character Design, Collaboration, and Carnies by Steve Stegelin

The Rough Cut
The art director reached out to see if I could help out with an upcoming issue with a “traveling carnival” theme. I’m usually asked to provide spot illustrations to complement feature articles, playing off the writer’s wordplay and focus; in this case, they were looking for something more freeform, something playing off the theme to incorporate into advertising leading up to the issue.

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Find Your Local Comic Creators by Steve Stegelin

Find Your Local Comic Creators by Steve Stegelin

Find Your Local Comic Creators       As a member of ShoutFyre, you’re likely looking to connect with and learn from fellow comic creators. Online is a great place to start, as it evaporates distance and eases accessibility to experienced experts and...

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