The Trials and Tribulations of Miss TilneyI once watched an interview with legendary actor, Robert De Niro, who said that although he learnt a lot about acting through schools, work-shops, and colleges. He learnt an awful lot more about his craft by just doing it. And do you know what? My mate, David Doub, thinks exactly the same way about the comic books he publishes as well. Here, check out a conversation we both had just the other day, whilst leaning how to scuba dive from Dustin Hoffman. 

The Trials and Tribulations of Miss Tilney

1) In your own words how would you describe your publishing house, www.duskcomics.com?   We're basically about trying to get out comics that don't necessary fit in with the mainstream superhero genre. We tend to lean a tad more toward dark horror because I prefer that type of comic, but we mainly just publish what we like.

Originally, after a couple of publishers I was working with went under, I felt that I had learned enough to do it on my own. I learned my lesson the hard way, and I thought since I went through all this effort, I should take publishing more seriously and help other creators out and publish their stuff as well.

The Trials and Tribulations of Miss Tilney2) Same question, but about your new comic book "The Trials and Tribulations of Miss Tilney" instead.   Miss Tilney is about me trying to do a book from a different time with a different style. Old penny dreadfuls and gothic novels from back in the day had a more sensationalist fun feel to them that I totally wanted to capture in Miss Tilney.

It's about a young lady who comes to London in 1890 to make her way in the big city. But the only job she can manage to get that isn't a maid or a nanny is doing a gossip column for a newspaper. She keeps pressing them for an actual reporting opportunity so, of course, they give her the worse one possible. She gets the case of Lord Harwood, a British Lord who apparently went mad and was hunting people down with tigers. And the story just gets better (or worse) from there.

3) If 'Miss Tilney' was a movie, a piece of music, or an object, what would it be and why?   Miss Tilney would be a typewriter because she is a reporter and, in the end, it's about the story.

4) What are your own artistic and personal aspirations David?   I want to make stories people will enjoy. I would like to be able to do that totally for a living and not a side job.

Comic Shop5) What was the first comic book you read?  I think the first comic I ever read was an issue of Action Comics where Superman was split into two (i.e. Superman and Clark Kent) and it was about how each side needed the other.

6) The artist illustrating your story, Sarah Elkins, has produced some very solid work. And her pencilling reminds me as if it was an amalgamation of Scott Nicola's (Earth 2) and Kevin O'Neill's (League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen) style of art. How would she describe her style? Plus what inspired you both to create this project together?   She has a very clean and sharp style. Also, you can tell she is influenced by anime and manga, which I would say is where some of her clean line-work comes from. We actually met at an old website called Mangapunk. That site was a place for young artists to take that next step from fan to professional. We went our separate ways for a while, and in the meantime, I became a publisher and she made her way in the comic industry. I had made Miss Tilney; inspired by my love of the gothic and Victorian (and a Victorian themed RPG I was running) and things worked out to where I could collaborate with Sarah.

7) Has your work had any media recognition as of yet?   There has been some coverage online. I am currently in talks with a movie studio out of Austin to make a Miss Tilney movie, but that's all I'm allowed to say about that because NDAs.

The Trials and Tribulations of Miss Tilney
8) What format does your wares come in?   You can get it as a physical comic and it will be available soon for digital purchase/download as well.

9) What is your own opinion on mainstream comic books? And what is the difference between what you publish and what they do?   I do enjoy mainstream superhero comics, but I think readers have gotten 'genre' confused with 'medium'. Comics are the medium and superheroes is just a genre. Under the heading of comics you can do a lot more than just the superhero genre. Manga has the same problem where people think all manga is just Shonen action or Shoujo (or Shōjo) romance. I just try to offer different genres and choices like you can get with any other form of entertainment.

10) Do you have any tips for aspiring creators?   You need to just do it. I hear so many folks that are trying to find the right way or a different method to break in, but they need to just take the plunge and start creating. Don't expect to be a success right out of the gate, but once you do start you'll find it easier and easier to create comics. You'll wonder why you just didn't take the plunge sooner.

So there you have it dear reader, my mate David and his comic book publishing house,  www.duskcomics.com. You know what to do next, don't you? Click-Click. And then do the facebook and twitter thing. Good reader. Your learning.