Our next featured guest made history in 2006 by becoming the first illustrator and writer to publish a fully digital desktop comic book. His ‘Lion’s Den Revolution’ was part of ‘The Underwire Interactive Magazine’ which was downloaded a staggering 1,000,000 times. He’s the acclaimed creator of ‘Shadow Club Karma’ and ‘Jet Boy’, and he also joined us this year for a little Royal Rumble Q&A and Potluck. Please welcome back to LiquidAE.com…Corey “Roc Bottom” Davis!
LiquidAE.com: Corey, you’re often complimented on you artistic talent and unique style. Your Roc Bottom Studios is killing the custom art game! You’ve also received tremendous acclaim for ‘Jet Boy’ and ‘Shadow Club Karma’, among other comic book projects. But can you tell us about a criticism that stuck with you?
Roc Bottom: This is a story I tell all the time: I was told at a convention by a professional comic artist back in 1997 that the women that I drew were ugly. That kinda stuck with me because anytime someone gives that kind of critique on a certain area of my work, I feel I have to go back to the lab and work until I’m the best at it! Which is what I did.
LiquidAE.com: Tell us about the work you put in to make that criticism become a positive.
Roc Bottom: I went out and copped everything with women on it! And I used these tools as a guide to better myself in that area that was weak. In a little over a year’s time, I was kicking ass in drawing females. So much so, that I ran into that same artist at another convention in 2000. He didn’t remember me off hand, but he offered me a job based on the women I drew. I never called that asshole back!
Roc Bottom: I’d say a bit of both. But I’ve found that over the years people have started to sway from the actual drawings, going to the presentation. The attention I used to get from the actual drawings brought me critiques and honest opinions. Now, all I get is how cool it looks! That’s all presentation. It’s cool to hear honesty and how one can grow as an artist as opposed to someone who is constantly gonna tell you how cool your shit looks. It’s hard to grow that way. Even though it’s flattering, I still like to walk away from presenting my art to the world with a bit of insight on how I can make it better next time.
LiquidAE.com: Since we’re on the subject of presentation, digital comic books are common today. But, Corey, back in 2006 when your debut issue of ‘Lion’s Den Revolution’ appeared in “The Pilot Episode” of “The Underwire Interactive Magazine”, reading a comic digitally was unheard of. How does it feel knowing you were the very first to utilize that technology?
Roc Bottom: It’s crazy! Especially knowing how 12 or 13 years ago when the idea was pitched to me about the digital comics, I was like, “Wow, this is different.” Then when I saw the finished product it was the coolest thing! I think I called up my best friend after it was sent to me in the original format and said, “Man, look at this. I’m turning pages on a computer!” But to be the first to actually put his mark on such a defining moment in digital publishing feels pretty cool!
LiquidAE.com: Do you remember the impression it made on your peers and colleagues?
Roc Bottom: I remember I was blown away. I had never seen anything along those lines before as far as a magazine goes. When one thinks about a magazine they automatically think “paper”. No one in my immediate circle of friends or co-workers at the time had seen anything like it in digital format. To see what had been explained to me verbally for almost a year take shape and come into its own was cool. I was very impressed, and still am to this day.
LiquidAE.com: That publication, while no longer in production came out the gate with a million downloads of that issue and was driven by an all-star lineup. How did it affect you to see your work in a groundbreaking magazine alongside such names as Ludacris, Mobb Deep, Ne-Yo, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, and John Cena?
Roc Bottom: When I first heard that I would be featured in a publication that would include some big names like that, I was taken aback a bit. I was, deep down, a bit worried! How can I stand out when they’ve got legends like that only a few pages away? But being able to turn a page from those guys and find ‘Lion’s Den Revolution’ on the next page brought a huge smile to my face seeing it the first time. |
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