This past September, The talented artist of the upcoming B-Squad: Soldiers of Misfortune series held a fundraising sketching and signing at local Staten Island comic shop, Comic Book Jones. She spoke with us to give some insight on B-Squad by her and writer Eben Burgoon. Using kickstarter, they succeeded in funding the first story arc of the series. We will see B-Squad on store shelves very soon.
What is B-Squad?
The B-Squad are a group of mercenaries for hire that didn't quite make the a-team standards. They go around the world on different crazy missions. The real thing that makes B-Squad different is in each issue another character will die. So, one character dies every issue and it is all decided by the roll of an antique gambling totem that the writer Eben will roll mid-script, each character is given a number, whoever's number comes up, their number literally comes up. They get killed off and replaced in the next issue.
How did you and the writer Eben Burgoon come together to create B-Squad?
He lives in California and he has another web series called Eben07 that I did a guest spot on at one time. He was a fan of my old comic Detective Ham and Eggs, we got to talking through that. It was a project he's been wanting to work on a really long time and the timing just finally worked out so we're working on it.
How many issues are planned for this series?
I believe he has it slated for six issues to start. I don't know his plans to continue it after that but I know he has six storylines plotted out and I think he has 36 B-Squad members planned out that will rotate in and out as members die.
What you inspired you to begin drawing?
Animation and comic books. I was always into animation, my parents always had animated art hanging on the walls. Snoopy, Huckleberry Hound, Looney Toons, Disney stuff. I watched a lot of cartoons as a kid and read a lot of comics.
Who was and is your favorite cartoon character?
That's a hard one... top 3, Daffy Duck, Snoopy, but that's hard because he's comic and animation. And, Porky Pig, I gonna say Porky Pig.
What was the first comic book you worked on?
Jesus Hates Zombies with writer Stephen Lindsay.
Is that series still going?
I don't know, I think it's still going but, I haven't worked on it in years... since like 2008. I also did a story in Perhapanauts, I'm wearing a Choopie shirt right now, so issue 1 of the latest volume of the Perhapanauts. I did that it in terms of comics, I've done some animation stuff too but that's all for comics recently.
What was the animation work?
Storyboards for Venture Bros., Supernormal, which was a kid show that was in England and maybe here, I don't know. Commercials for Trix, Lucky Charms, Honey Nut Cheerios, and Gogurt which is disgusting, and those old Nutten commercials with the League of Evil, they were fun, they were good so I did a few of those.
Venture bros and B-Squad seem similar in many ways, is that what piqued your interest to do B-Squad?
No, Eben and I were just friends through our other work and stuff. He wanted to do this for a long time. Although, when I do draw some characters, like Brody, he's got that turned-up nose which reminded some of the characters in Venture Bros had a similar nose which I didn't realize until after I drew it.
Who dies first?
[Laughs] I can't tell you that! I know who dies first though but, I'm not telling you. You'll have to buy the first issue to find out.