The Port
I'll always remember my mother saying to me in times of stress 'Everybody has to start somewhere, son! Or otherwise we'll all get to our final destination's way too soon'. Now from my own point of view, I find this statement to be very true indeed. Plus in a rather symbiotic manner, reminds me of what my mate, Richard, told me the other day, whilst elaborating about his great weekly on-line comic book -- 'Always leave your audience wanting more'. Ha! Say no more.

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1) What are your own origins, Richard? Plus what path did you take in life to get to where you are today?   I was born and raised in Southern California. As a kid I would walk to the local comic book shop and buy comics. No one taught me how to really collect, so buying comics for their covers was the only thing I knew. During my high school years I got into hip hop with some friends. I was recording and doing live shows for a little bit, but then got kind of tired of the scene. I starting reading comics again, and wanted to start writing. I wanted to write comics as my new creative outlet. I made a couple of attempts and finally everything came together when I started to put out The Port.

The Port
2) What inspired you to create www.theportcomic.com?   A lot of things did. One would have to be 'The Shield'. I loved 'The Shield'. It was an awesome show that always left you wanting more. That's the kind of feeling I want to give my readers. I want them to always want more.

Another one would be 'The Walking Dead'. I love how Kirkman leaves you on the edge of your seat, not knowing whether this character, or that character is going to make it. I love that.

What inspired me the most is just wanting to have a creative outlet that allows me to bring something out to the public. I enjoy writing 'The Port', so I want people to enjoy reading it. It's a win / win situation. Knowing that there is a chance that people would enjoy my work is truly the biggest inspiration of all.

3) In your own words how would you describe this story? The story is about a city called Bridgeport -- where anything can happen. You get to see this story through the eyes of it's residents. Every character has a side to their story and I'm trying to show all of them. The tag is "One city. A thousand different views" -- and I really try to stay true to it.

4) If you could cast a movie based on your creation, who would you cast, and again, why?   I would want the movie to have no name actors who can really act. I would love for something I did to give someone their start. I mean, I'm a no name writer, so a no name cast would almost be poetic.

5) If ‘port’ was a piece of music or an object, what would it be and why?   If 'The Port' was a musical piece, it would have to have a lot of transitions in it. I would give you soft sounds at times, and just when you think it's safe, it would grow louder. Maybe so loud it makes you uncomfortable, but you still want to listen.

6) How did you meet-up with your collaborators, Nicolas Cerone, and Sean Burres? Plus what have you learnt about each other amidst this collaboration?   I found Nicolas Cerone online. He was wanting to work on something and I felt like his art was a match for the type of story I was trying to tell. I gave him a couple of character references and stayed out of his way. I wanted to give him creative freedom and the book has come out looking amazing. It's been a pleasure working with him. 

I started with another person doing colors, but due to scheduling I had to find some one else. I found Sean Burres online. He wanted to do something is this genre. And I'm lucky for that because he's really talented. He recolored the first pages and got us caught up with our weekly schedule. Sean is so easy to work with and talented. I feel spoiled.

I'm truly lucky to have two really talented people working on 'The Port'.

7) What was the first comic book you ever read? And do you still read mainstream comic books today?   I'm a big Punisher fan. So it was definitely a Punisher book. 

When I came back to comics I wanted to read the 'new Punisher' -- but the stories out. At the time I was reading the Garth Ennis run and that lead me to reading 'Preacher' -- and later 'The Walking Dead'.

As of today I read a lot of Image books -- like 'The Walking Dead', 'Saga', 'Fatale' -- and Marvel --Punisher, Hulk, Avenging Spider-Man.

8) If your lead character was a singleton looking for a date, who would this date be, and why would he want to date this person?   Jason Monroe is a single lead character in The Port. You'll have to wait and see who he likes to date. Ha!

9) During your time as an writer, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   One thing is that knowing I have two talented people working with me that deserve to have their work out there for people to see. So I make sure I grind it out to do the lettering, web site, and what I can to get interviews. That kind of thinking always keeps me getting this comic out. 'The Port' is really a team effort, and I just try to play my part.

Wow! Very nice sentiment, Richard. I hope my readers take heed of your words and click on www.theportcomic.com today. So go on. What are you waiting for? Click-click. And don't forget to do the face-face / tweet-tweet thing too! Bless. 

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