In a matter of hours Mark Andrew Smith and James Stokoe’s Kickstarter campaign to release their new collaboration, “Sullivan’s Sluggers”, surpassed it’s goal. Which means that you can easily go over to their page and order a copy for yourself. Mark took some time to talk to us about the project and about his work.
 
I’m assuming there is a club where all my favorite creators hang out, so I’m guessing that is where you two met, right?

I e-mailed James in 2004 I think after seeing his “World War G” pages online. Then I kind of forgot about it, when I saw Alberto Ruiz at a show and he had a sketch by James in his portfolio and I was excited because I knew about James and liked his work. Flash to Popgun and James did his first ‘Orc Stain’ story in it.
 
The club story does sound a lot cooler.
 
What made you want to make Sullivan’s Suggers?

I’ve always been a huge baseball fan, and watched every baseball film that came out as a kid. Also, I’ve always been a huge horror film fan. They seem like a very unlikely combination but they do go great together.
 
Where did the decision to use Kickstarter come from?

I see great potential in Kickstarter to distribute directly to readers, and to grow a fanbase. With Sullivan’s because it isn’t a book in a series and self-contained, it was the perfect project to shoot for the moon with.
 
Where did you each draw inspiration from while working on Sullivan’s Sluggers?
I drew inspiration from film, but also from seeing Jame’s pages come in and that would really push me to go all out when writing the script.
 
Where did the seed of the idea come from for the book?
I was sitting around one day years ago and thought of the idea of baseball players clubbing monsters to death with their baseball bats. From their the idea grew and grew and the team and all of the different personalities formed.
 
What sort of set up do you use for writing? A quiet room by yourself? A cafe? Lots of reference material? Frequent trips to the interweb?
I live in Asia, so Sullivan’s Sluggers was written in a one room apartment in the mornings before work with a lot of coffee. I usually put on music and write on my computer. I think most of Sullivan’s was done in the morning on computer.
 
Did you have James in mind when writing Sullivan’s Sluggers? Did you make any changes to the script when you knew you would have him on board?
I had the first issue’s worth done before James came on, and then once he was on, I was writing with him in mind.
 
What was the first image he sent your way once you started working on the book together? What did you think?
It was a batch of images and he just started drawing the book. One of the first Images he drew was the cover, and I was like “Oh, wow, this book is real.” Haha. I ‘nerded out’.
 
How have your working processes changed over the years that you’ve been pros?
Every project is different. I think before I could write on the computer, but now I just edit on it. I have to print a copy of the script, then go to a coffee shop, scribble notes and additions all over it, then use the computer to edit. Then I repeat that about 10 times until it’s ready. I start every new project in a notebook and I think I go through one notebook every month.
 
Do you have any special rituals to help you write? Special slippers? Unique blend of tea that you drink?
When I was creating Sullivan’s I’d wake up and start working on it because I’d have fresh morning eyes. I was drinking a lot of coffee back then and had a nice French press. Then I’d put on music without lyrics because lyrics will distract me when I’m working. And that’s about it.
 
What’s next for you?
Next, I have New Brighton Archeological Society Book 2 out, and Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors Series 2 out.

For info on Sullivan’s Sluggers click HERE.

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