Bill Nichols’ Prescription:
10ccs of Philip Tan

Philip Tan does some awesome work. Really. And I just marvel at it and can’t wait to see what else he does.



What inspires you to create and keeps you going?

I’m a big fan of not just American comic books, but also novels, manga/anime. So reading/watching something that connects with me makes me want to bring the same entertaining experience, hopefully, through my works for my audience.


Do you have a set routine?

I really don’t. But I work best during day time, so as much as I can, I try to get most of my work done while the sun is up.


What kind of output do you try to achieve?

It’s really hard for me to expect and predict the output. I can only try to keep the minimum amount of work consistent, but there really isn’t any way I can say for sure how much I get done every day. If I have to give a number, I’d love to be able to keep up a page a day.


What inspires you WHEN you create? Music? Noise? Silence?

def noise. Random shows on tv/YouTube/streams are what fuels me best.


Who was the first comic book creator that influenced you to pursue this?

The Japanese comic book creator Ishinomori Shotaro sensei. As for American comic book artists, that would be Todd McFarlane.


When did you realize you could follow this path yourself?

Not until I got my first gig. But that was a few hungry years after already finishing college and refusing to get a “real job”! Lol


What do you find to be a challenge in creating?

Not enough time in a day!


What else do you have to learn?

Everything! There’s got to be 99% of things in my craft I want to learn and better myself in!


What keeps you motivated to get better?

Seeing other creators producing great works!


Can you turn your brain (creativity) off (and on)?

Sadly no… I’ve won an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii w/ my wife a few years back. And it was really hard for me to just be a tourist and be on vacation…


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What advice do you have for aspiring creators?

This has got to be the most consistent answer that matches with all other artists in interviews, but it’s true! “Draw every time and all the time, and never give up!” 


Do you ever worry about running out of ideas?

Nope, never.


How do you handle the slow times?

If this is talking about not have a busy schedule w/bill paying gigs, I can truly say that artist that draws or creates images are blessed that we can always work on commissions and small art jobs to keep finances above water. If this rather, is talking about the slow creative drive, then this line of work might not be for you, we have to produce regardless if we are creatively inspired or not. And with quality.


How do you feel about the industry?

Much like everything, I’d have stuff I complain about and stuff I’m totally happy with. But I can only worry about things I have control of, and for now, that will be to create good entertainment ;))


Do you have a website or someplace folks can check out your work? 

I don’t have an official website, but please do follow me on social media:

Twitter- @philipsytan

Instagram- @philiptanart

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Bill Nichols

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Bill is the creator of Arteest & Ursula comics, writer for Ringtail Cafe, co-creator of Savage Family, writer and inker of HellGirl: Demonseed. Editor for ShoutFyre and Sketch Magazine. Co-author of Camelot Forever novel series.