TIGHT SUIT - ILLUSTRATING EARTH, ONE CHIMP AT A TIME

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Kid Animal When I was a kid, my parents asked me what type of animal I'd like to own as a pet. 'I'd like a chimpanzee', I jovially quipt, 'Please, please can I have one! As I promise I would look after this small, hairy, monkey-type-creature, and play with it whenever I can'. 'But why?' exclaimed my parents, 'Why get an animal like that, when we already have a small, hairy, monkey-type-creature, sitting in the other room, watching the horse-racing on the TV. Namely, your Uncle Pete'. And the rest, as they say, is now history, and a comic book...





1) What are your own origins, Brendon?   I was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and moved to the United States at nearly four years old. Quite soon I started taking up writing seriously, making up pretty developed stories by the age of five. By seven I started making my drawing a priority and never stopped. I started messing with comic books about 5 years ago, and I feel like now I'm headed in the right direction with issue 2 of Tight Suit and issue 3 soon enough.

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2) What inspired you to create, ‘Tight Suit’?   Honestly, as a college graduate who still can't find work, I found myself helpless. I spent about 8 months not drawing after a lifetime of literally drawing at least two hours every day. So this year I decided that it was time to start pushing forward as hard as I could. When you look at an old sketch and it still looks good to you, maybe you should do something with it.

Originally Tight Suit's concept was vastly different, it was much smaller, much more isolated, and it was much more like issue 1. Yet over time it developed into a massive universe, very, very quickly.

3) In your own words how would you describe this story?   The shorter version is: "A hired hacker travels across space to find his lost friend, who is a chimpanzee". Whereas the slightly longer version is: "This story is about two people from different species who were raised as brothers, whose fathers both died in a very similar way. One of them is a chimpanzee, who is taken by the government and forced to terra form planets at an impossible distance away. The other is a human, who after all of the loss, travels through space searching for his friend".

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4) What song would you say best represents this comic and why?   New Terrain by Mew. This is a great band with a lot of depth disguised as almost a pop band. Their music is a mixture of progressive metal and dream pop, so at times the music can sound quite simple, and other times there's so much going on. New Terrain is quite an interesting song in that its two different songs overlapping, one playing backwards, the song works well both ways. I'm very interested in the concept of duality, which is seen greatly in the two main characters, Killian and Igon.

The first time I listened to the song I found it confusing, as I wasn't sure what to think about it or even understood what was happening. This is something I explore a lot in my comic books, looking at one thing in two entirely different perspectives, but using both perspectives to push a single overarching story forward. This is seen most greatly in the narration and what's happening to Igon in issue 1.




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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?   Well, I'm not entirely sure. I would love for the person to be a good promoter and interested in my book. Most likely I would love for Morgan Freeman to promote it. I'd love to get that wonderful narration if my company had a commercial or something. 

6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavor?   I've learnt a lot about how I work verses how I should work. I think that I was born an organized perfectionist who realized somewhere along the way that this type of working is very stressful. I spent years basically drawing as quickly as I could, finishing as much work as possible. I developed my style by basically having no attachment to my work. Tight Suit taught me to slow down, issue two more than one. I've learnt to take my quick and very stylized way of working and made it look organized and clean. Also, that I love talking about my work.

7) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   My love of drawing. For me, as long as something challenges me and I always have something to learn, I will stick with it. Comic books have been a relentless learning experience and I haven't yet reached my plateau. 

8) If ‘Kid Animal’ had a motto, what would it be?   Kid Animal's motto is "Illustrating Earth". As an artist I love to build worlds, to create cultures, races, etcetera. I try to use my created universes as a mirror of how I see humans and their relationships with each other and the outside world / universe.

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And on that great note I'd like to thank Brendon for telling us about his comic book, Tight Suit, before directing you towards his Kid Animal website and facebook pages.