1) What are your own origins, Lance? I am from the Mile High City known as Denver, Colorado, although primarily I'm indigenous, and my people here go waaaaay back.
Bob: Non-Union Psychic’? Many years ago a friend of mine was acting in a play at a small independent theater, and a few friends and I went to the show in order to support him. I think there were about four of us in our group. We had an excellent seat in the house because there were only two other people there!
I don’t remember the name of the play, and my friend was only in the production for about five minutes or so. I don’t think his character even had a name! He was just known as the “assistant exorcist” or something, and showed up to help someone with their spiritual woes.
When he stepped onto the stage, I remember he had the biggest reaction from a small crowd in the theater. He was a completely stereotypical nerd, a total spaz: greased back hair, big glasses, high-water pants, shirt buttoned-up to the top. I don’t think it was established if he really helped the person with their spiritual woes or not, but he performed his “task”, collected his $20 fee, and left.
I think it was all part of a big joke. First off, the character wasn’t accepted because of the way he looked and because he was the “assistant” rather than the real thing. Plus, did he really help? Or was it all a scam?
That notion sparked an idea in my head: What if you had a person who was the real deal and had an opportunity to prove it? Would he be accepted?
3) In your own words how would you describe this story? Basically it’s about acceptance. It’s about having the talents or skills to succeed, but not having a place or organization to go where one would be able to hone those talents or skills.
4) What song would you say best represents this comic and why? I listened to a lot of music by the composer Basil Poledouris while writing BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC. Specifically, the CONAN THE BARBARIAN soundtrack from the 1982 film! If I had to pick a track, it would be number four, “Column of Sadness - Wheel of Pain”. To me, it’s about building up all of your strength, waiting for the moment when you are set free.
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? Edgar Allan Poe. It has been said that he was quite the showman when he recited his poems at readings and social gatherings. I also believe he had a great sense of humor, and would have some fun with BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC.
6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavour? That I can do this. I can make a comic book. I can gather the right people in order to bring a dream to life. It’s a great high!
7) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead? Working with very talented people. Adam Volle, Francisco Resendiz, J Chill. I had a vision, a dream, and the team did an amazing job bringing the book to life. I am very proud of our work.
8) If ‘Bob’ had a motto, what would it be? I think his motto would be something as simple as, “My door is always open”. I think Bob Holbreck is a very modest individual, as he is a very skilled hairstylist / barber and a true psychic. I do believe he truly wants to help people on the outside and within. Being the casual person that he is, with a decent attitude and positive energy, he will always attract people, good or bad. I don’t see him as the type to turn many people away.