The rookie creator duo, Sam Romesburg and Adam Meadors, may be new to the creator end of the comic book universe but are both devout to the form through and through.Raised on books like Calvin and Hobbs and Star Wars along with being glued to the funny pages The Peanuts, B.C., Get Fuzzy and many more. It wasn’t until years later that the two would comprehend scale and vastness of this world they both grew up in. Sam and Adam met their senior year of high school through a mutual friend in the formation of a punk rock band. Like most garage bands, it didn’t last long. Though this led to a new musical endeavor with opportunities and a decent amount of success. The idea to write comics came from stories the two would create in an attempt to pass time while their band was on tour. The two would spend long van rides spilling their imaginations across the dashboard of the van crafting characters and adventures for them to set out on. Eventually this band came to an end but with its end Adam and Sam channeled their creative energies towards making their stories come to life. They set out to explore this new creative realm in which they’ve both knowingly and unknowingly existed in since childhood.
What creators are inspirations to you?
Lately a huge inspiration to me has be Jason Aaron. The fact that he went practically overnight from a Joe Shmoe writer to having a script being published by Marvel. He was an under dog that made it to the top and writes some pretty stories! The work of J. Michael Straczynski is something I marvel over, the way he can manage to take on a title and keep his run on it so enthralling is magical. The Walking Dead is definitely a book I idolize, I tend to think of Robert Kirkman as my second father. Lastly I have to say Brian K. Vaughan and Saga. The way he can capture and blend science fiction, political and social commentary, humor, action, drama, and family dynamics all into one is nothing sort of incredible. His artistry is on a whole other level I hope to one day achieve.
Outside of comic books, the works of George Lucas, J.R. Tolkien, Shakespeare and even Homer all heavily influence me. We all stand on the shoulders of giants, and myself, am but a mere speck.
What is your favorite part of writing?
Hands down my favorite part of writing has to be the sudden break through. The excitement of when a new idea explodes into existence inside my head and I just lose it. This rush is further supplemented when I share this idea and I witness the same reaction that I had when I first thought of it.
Humans have been drawing and writing for thousands of years. I like to think of comics are like modern day hieroglyphics. Visual art and words merge to tell the human story in one way or another. When the power goes out that coalescence will still be here.
Favorite comic of all time?
Tough choice right here! But I’m gonna have to say Calvin & Hobbes. Bill Watterson’s work is genius. Telling the tale of a little boy growing up in late 20th century America, like so many others I saw myself in Calvin because I was Calvin in many ways; a blonde haired little kid that spent most of his time playing by himself who had a wild imagination. The intellectual depth and richness of those stories is incredible. It’s safe to say that Calvin & Hobbs will be a classic for years to come.
Favorite comic movie of all time?
While I’m not super proud to say it, my favorite comic book movie of all time is… Blade II. As a kid this movie BLEW my mind. I hadn’t even seen Blade I when I first saw this sequel, and I was hooked. Blade wages a one man war against the very own thing he is. Slaying vampires and their allies and doing it with a sword, a bunch of badass gadgets, and sick martial arts moves. All while wearing sunglasses. Looking at the movie now as an adult I think it’s the perfect example of just not taking everything so seriously. Some things can be corny and it’s perfectly fine to love the hell out it.
Worst comic movie?
Dragonball Evolution. Simply put…what the fuck?
Do you listen to music, watch a certain show or are you in silence when you write?
When I sit down and have a focused writing session I usually put on a mix of post rock, classical/ romantic music, americana, and blues. It’s not really about setting a certain mood but more so about creating a dynamic sonic background.
What would you like to see happen in the comic industry in the future?
I would love to just see more people buying the damn things. We live in a time where you can be a fan of a comic book character without ever reading a single comic book in your entire life. I know many people who love to talk comics with me but it always revolves around a movie or show. What’s holding them back from picking up an issue or a trade paper back? I would love to see even more of the multimedia fans cross over to the comic books. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good bit of the content out there but it won’t come close to the magic that comes from the pages.