Creator Bio

Where does one start with these things?  I guess with the dinosaurs.

They died.

Then they became oil, which humans made into gasoline so my mom could drive me to Comics Carnival in Indianapolis, IN.  This was when I was 11 I think.  I had been given a few comics prior to that time, but those consistent disappointed me as the covers were awesome and the interiors awful.  Somehow I got hooked on X-Force, it was likely issue #6.  Young Gren was in awe of the awesome sword dude fighting a pterodactyl guy, and the inside art was more of the same!

So I was now heading over to the shop at least once a month the pick up X-Force and others from there.  Spawn came next, because everyone was reading that then.  These books set a high standard of art and writing for anything else to live up to at that time.  And it wasn’t long after I started reading this that I was interested in creating my own.  I wasn’t too bad at copying art at that time but I wasn’t figuring out how to really create anything.

A few years later at high school in Fort Worth, TX my best friend and I started talking about making our own comic book.  It was an idea a 15 year old would have, a Tank Girl ripoff, so creatively titled Ms. Bitch, with mutant sharks.  He did some not bad drawings, I created a background story.  We got a few pages done, then went back to playing in bands.

I finished high school at 17 and couldn’t decide on what I wanted to do at college.  My parents were fine with me taking time to figure out before starting.  So I worked and played in bands and floated from interest to interest.  I kept coming back to the idea of writing as a way to bring it all together.  But I didn’t see sense in college courses for writing (because I was kind of stupid).  When I finally did go back to college for a while it was for sociology because while I was interested in writing what I was really interested in people.  In all people as a mass, their motivations, their ideas, and how they all differed so much.

Still never finished that degree.  I think I went back to being in a band and photography and writing.  I had that novel I was going to write, and the photo comic I would do.  Then I actually found some people self publishing comic books.  A hyper talented artist, Christopher Hutton, and I drew out our part of a co-op comic book.  This was in 2000 so everything had to be done old school in our minds.  We hand lettered the story even, then printed up a thousand or more of a book no one wanted to read and none of us knew how to sell.  We held off from putting out part 2 of Corporate Bastard, and I flitted to other interests again.

Life rolled on making me think I should write more dramatic pieces that I could have drawn first-hand knowledge for, but that type of writing is far harder than it seems.  There, one walks a fine line between boring and pretentious.  Some time in my mid-20’s I was certain I wanted to work on the writing side of comics, that was for sure.  So I had to start learning how to do it well.  But if you have never written anything professionally before, competent artists fear wasting their time with you.  Truly then I didn’t know how to give an artist enough to work with to create a story either.

After attempts, and a few partial screenplays I realized there was this style of art I could do, if I imagined all the characters as puppets.  See, I understand puppet mechanics, how they move 3-dimensionally.  And I realized that the premise (and the title) for Corporate Bastard were still quite good.  And these were a good match.  So I took everything I had learned from watching real artists work and started making a comic book.

It has been hard work, but hugely rewarding.  Corporate Bastard #1 has been out since May 2012 and every time says they’ve read my comic or want to buy one, I am still overjoyed.  I don’t know how or when that will disapate.  Maybe never, and I’m fine with that.

I have multiple projects in the works now and I know how to present my ideas to artists and editors.

Still a lot to learn about websites though.

One comment

  1. Rebecca

    Hey Gren! Just checking out your website. We met last night at the Tiny Army meeting. Your site is awesome! Thanks for letting me read issue #2 of Corporate Bastard.

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