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Artist Ben Stenbeck



1) On what project are you currently working?

At the moment I'm inking the last two issues of "Frankenstein Underground." I think the first issue comes out March 18.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

This might be a bit predictable but I'd have to say (Mike) Mignola. The reasons should be self evident, he's an incredible artist and writer and he's managed to create, sustain and grow his own creative empire. I always thought Guy Davis was a hugely inspirational talent, he just churned out so much great work, and he seemed to have an endless stream of incredible designs.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

I decided when I was about 13 that that's what I was going to do. It was hard work, it's the hardest industry I've ever tried to get into. On the way to it I worked in the film industry games industry publishing and advertising and all that stuff just fell into my lap. But getting work in comics is tough. It was all a matter of getting small things noticed incrementally. It started when I had an eighth-page comic in an online competition Dark Horse was running called "Stripsearch." That got me noticed by some editors. And that slowly led to more and more jobs.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

I'm honestly always working on the project I want to work on the most. I don't care how goofy that sounds, it's the truth. The kind of stuff I get to do is the kind of stuff I got in to comics to work on. I kind of wanted to draw an "Adventure Time" comic for a little while but I'll be ok if I never get to do that.

5) On what project will you be working next?

I'm not allowed to say anything yet! It's annoying because it's kind of a big deal. It's two issues, though. And then I'm doing a one-issue thing that's really cool, and then I start a five-issue thing that's the comic I've wanted to draw my whole life. Its seriously the greatest thing ever (all of this is still with Mignola).

Find more about Ben Stenbeck here and here

(Posted March 16, 2015)