I pray all is well. For the 82nd interview we have Chester Colston, a minister and artist who loves comics. He’s also a photographer, graphic designer, plays semi-pro football, and in a nut shell a big old kid lol.
Now for the interview…
When did you first get into comics as a reader/fan? As a writer/artist/creator?
I’ve been into comics ever since I could pick up a pencil and draw lol. My dad used to try and draw Batman for me and I wanted to draw it for myself. That was the start.
Why comics? What do you like most about this medium?
Because it’s fun and you can pretty much do what you want. I also love to creating superheroes.
Say a little about the project(s) you have worked on in the past (if any), and what they were about?
I did one story in a local newspaper called the Birmingham times called Captain Africa, my first printed work fresh out of high school lol. I’ve done plenty of pages for books that never really came out. I’ve also worked on props for plays and schools.
I am working on the AMEN one-shot, then it will got to a 3 book mini-series. I’m also working on an anthology with a few artists that I am putting together to help give other creators exposure and print their work in different areas.
What format(s) do you prefer for telling your stories (e.g., on-going series, mini-series, one-shot, graphic novel, etc.) and why?
Well right now a one-shot then a mini-series to get people into the character.
What sources of information and inspiration have helped you along the way?
I am a HUGE Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld fan, and pretty much everybody that worked at Image. I like a few independent artists I met on Facebook like Raymond Lenoard, Blk Ant, Jay Reed, Terrence Baker, Raymond Sanders, my cousin Mike Colston, and a few more. But as far as what I do now my focus is mostly on my Christian heroes because I want to use them to help spread my faith. Specifically, I want to hit readers with the message of good vs. evil, and let them know that Christian comics can rock as well! I do the other superhero stuff for my love of comics, but I don’t use profane words or naked stuff because I I’m a Christian first. But I love action packed comics like Batman and other stuff that have influenced my characters.
Say a little about how you’ve been able to communicate your faith through your project(s)? What has that process been like? How has it evolved over the years?
It’s easy to me because I just let people know that I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me, and that comics is just another tool to make this happen.
What advice would you give to other Christians who are considering making comics?
Make cutting edge stuff that will stand up in a world full of other stuff; do your best and go for it! I promise that someone will love it and it will help somebody in the long run. Never give up and keep pressing toward the mark. No matter if you print 1 or 1,000,000 copies, just do it and make it happen.
Are there any future projects you are working on, or would like to work on?
Yeah as a artist I would love to do a DC or Marvel book, but if not I will keep doing independent stuff. I got more Christian hero books in the thought process lol. I don’t mind working with other creators either.
What is your take on the current state of Christian or Christian-themed comics? What, if anything, would you like to see more of in the future? What, if anything, would you like to see done differently?
More action and more movie deals made from those comics. I want to see a whole Christian comic-con. Even a Christian cartoon network like DC Nation or something like that. Just because they are Christian cartoons, they don’t have to be cheesy. Feel me!
What is the best way for people to contact you, and to read/purchase your work?
Well soon I will set up a web page but as of now people can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any last thoughts?
To all my Christian creators the time has come to take the world by storm. Let’s stop talking about it and make it happen! GOD BLESS!
And that’s a wrap. I hope you enjoyed the interview. If so, please share and be on the lookout for #83!