Currently, Sam Romesburg makes up half of the rookie creator duo behind his only release to date. Sam grew up in northern Virginia and Maryland where he was heavily active in the punk rock music scene for most of his adult life. His involvement in the music scene eventually brought him to meet his now long-time friend Adam Meadors, who is his co-author/co- creator. Together, the two were members of a moderately active touring band, and would often find themselves entertaining each other on long drives by creating characters and stories that would eventually take the shape of the comic they’re creating today.
What creators are inspirations to you?
Bill Watterson was my first real inspiration to create comics. When I was younger I owned every Calvin and Hobbes comic in print (still do!) and would create little comics to show my parents and friends when I thought they were funny (they weren’t). More recently though I’ve been trying to collect any and everything created by Garth Ennis. That, and Adam and I are pretty huge Walking Dead heads. On a broader spectrum, and especially in the western genre, Sergio Leone can do no wrong. My Name is Nobody, Once Upon a Time in the West, and of course the Dollars trilogy are all masterpieces in my mind. Even wider than that, Ennio Morricone so precisely captures the tone of the American west in his music. Needless to say, I like the spaghetti westerns.
What is your favorite part of writing?
The concept of converting a conceptual idea from inside your head into a physical form is nothing short of a miracle to me, but honestly my favorite part is having a record of ideas somewhere so I don’t forget them. Whenever Adam and I meet to discuss direction for the comic, the conversation tends to take off as ideas pour in, and I usually forget about half of them until he reminds me.
I think comics build the strongest bonds between readers and the characters of the story. You’re not just hearing about things happening to them, you’re seeing them, causing you to connect on a whole new level entirely. Also they’re cooler than books.
Favorite comic of all time?
Gonna sound cliche here, but The Walking Dead. All hail Lord Grimes. That, and the final Calvin and Hobbes strip makes me cry every time I read it.
Favorite comic movie of all time?
I’m definitely partial to Watchmen. The ending was a little off, but the attention to detail throughout the rest of the movie to bring such an important story to life was incredible. I’m definitely jaded in the sense that real life adaptations have to be close to the original for me to like it. That or Spider-Man 2. Tobey over everyone.
Worst comic movie?
Not really a movie, but I just can’t get into The Walking Dead show. I absolutely respect that it’s its own entity entirely and the goal for the show wasn’t intended to follow the comic panel by panel, but that’s not what I wanted for TWD. Reshoot it in black and white and I’ll be all for it.
Do you listen to music, watch a certain show or are you in silence when you write?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of late Johnny Cash when I write. I feel like it fits the mood of what we’re going for pretty perfectly. If it’s not Johnny, I’m listening to my girlfriend yell at our dogs.
What would you like to see happen in the comic industry in the future?
I just want it to continue to grow. Comics are getting more and more accessible to all types of people every day. Not just the way we read them, but there’s a comic out there for any interest any person could ever have. Comic-adapted movies and shows control today’s pop culture, and there’s definitely a reason why. Get into them.