BILLY THE PYRO - KEEP CALM AND BURN SH*T

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Warning. The following interview I did with my mate Brad implies that being normal is crap. So please note, we, nor anyone else associated with the internet, comic books, or life in general, would like to endorse this comment, unless you yourself are in fact an unimaginative git who's a bit crap. Thank you for reading this message.


Billy The Pyro At Fly Comics


1) What are your own origins, Brad? Plus what path did you take in life prior to getting to where you are today?   I've always had a connection to art ever since I was a small child. Art allowed me to escape my reality and to become whoever and whatever I wanted. I was never good at expressing myself verbally. Though I found being able to draw and create was a way for me to be able too. Almost as long as I can remember, I've always doodled and created random stories which eventually turned into comics. The first real comic I ever created was a web comic called, The Fly. It lasted many years before I eventually got too busy with life, work, and lost focus.

I took about a 5 year hiatus from creating comics, up until last year. I made some big changes in my life to be able to focus on what I truly love doing, which was comics. I had decided to leave my job, the actual one that had made me stop creating comics to begin with, and dive back into them head first.

Billy the Pyro Cover
2) What inspired you to create ‘Billy the Pyro’? And why call your title character ‘Billy’?   Actually ‘Billy the Pyro’ goes back as far as my senior year of High School. The original character and title was created as a project in my English class. We were supposed to create a children’s book, and of course I had to create something that wasn't quite child friendly. Even though the story back then is really completely different from what it’s become today, there are still similarities that hold true to the origins. Like I mentioned earlier, I like to express myself through creative ways. A lot of my personal struggles and situations I had to deal with when I was younger, are represented in BTP. And like most of us who first get into comics are from reading the superhero genre, I wanted to mask this coming of age tale around a superhero environment.

As for the name, Billy. Honestly there’s not much to that. It was just a name that sounded right for the title.

3) In your own words how would you describe this story?   Billy the Pyro is a not so normal coming of age story about an adolescent teenager having to deal with an abusive and troubled life. Feeling like there’s no end in sight, he soon finds out that there’s much more meaning to it. Having been genetically altered by a government research institute to be able to produce and control the element of fire. Billy, now has even more questions as he tries to cope with his new found abilities, and put his past behind him.

4) What song would you say best represents this project and why?   Ohh, I don’t know. Probably something from Rise Against. Even though I don’t listen to them much anymore, I did a lot back when I first created, Billy. You know, a lot of teenage angst going on.




5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your wares, who would you choose, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   Anna Kendrick. Just because she’s my celebrity crush. I’d give anything to have her know about Billy the Pyro and / or me.

Anna Kendrick
6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavour? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with along the way?   That I’m capable of being able to put together a “legitimate” comic book. It has always been a dream of mine. The major obstacle was money. It takes a lot of money to put a comic book together. But crowd funding sites like, Kickstarter, have definitely helped pave a way to allow a means to that problem.

7) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   That I’m doing something that I love to do. Fulfilling a dream and a goal of mine. There was a period of time where I not only stop creating comics, but stopped being creative all together. That was one of my biggest regrets in life.

8) If ‘Billy The Pyro’ had a motto, what would it be?   “Keep Calm and Burn S#!T”. Haha I actually put it on a T-Shirt too.

So there you have it, my friends. 'Billy The Pyro' by my buddy, Brad. When you can, please don't hesitate to check out his comic book on facebook, twitter, as well as the official website. Go on. Give them a click. Cause you'd be flaming mad not to.