Bill Nichols’ Prescription:
Comics 10ccs of Grant Miehm

What inspires you to create and keeps you going?

Everything, more or less.  I believe that if the artist is aware, and contemplates their experiences and environment, these things will inevitably recharge the creative batteries.

Do you have a set routine?

A daily working routine, yes – which is sometimes modified by unforeseen circumstances, of course.

What kind of output do you try to achieve?

Depends on the job’s deadline / requirements and so on,  I have a daily output based on that, but it’s tough to outline in detail without referencing a specific job.

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

Usually some sort of background noise – internet radio is a favorite – but nothing overly distracting.  And the ability to turn it off completely when more focus is required.

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

It wasn’t one specific creator or anyone’s work that I followed, per sé.  I think I just worked it into my head after seeing comics I enjoyed and then wanted to become a part of working on ‘em.  

When did you realize you could follow this path yourself?

I kept it on the back burner during my teens. And, after trying a couple of other things, I headed off to art school.

What do you find to be a challenge in creating?

Not falling into using the same old ‘language’ in getting ideas / the story across to the reader.  I hope I’m stretching as much as the parameters of any given assignment will allow.

What else do you have to learn?

Anything and everything.  Artists are always growing and continue to try to learn everything connected to their craft.  I like to think I’m still doing that and always will.

What keeps you motivated to get better?

Seeing past work and wanting to improve beyond it as much as possible.

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

I think I can, yes.  Sometimes the creativity works on its own too, and I often get a good idea when I least expect it.


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What advice do you have for aspiring creators?

‘Never give up’, is the standard response, but I adjust that by adding: ‘Never give up on your overall direction’.  It’s unrealistic to think that all doors will open just because you knock on ‘em, or that you’re going to get exactly what you’re after.  Some doors won’t ever open, and your career may go in a completely different direction – a better one. Still, knock on every door that presents itself, and watch for any open windows, as well.

Do you ever worry about running out of ideas?

No.  As before, conscientiously processing one’s life experiences is the greatest and most reliable inspiration.

How do you handle the slow times?

Dig. Dig. Dig. Dig. Dig for more work.

How do you feel about the industry?

I love comics as much as I ever did.  Beyond that, I try not to think about it too much.  As much as possible, I live in the moment. The future is unwritten, obviously, so let’s make a wonderful surprise out of it by not overthinking it before it arrives, shall we?

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