Recently I wrote a short monograph about Mormons who work in comics.
And youâ€™re probably the best known of them.
Yes, I am.
And I just wanted — there is — Iâ€™m working on — for instance Iâ€™m thinking about putting together an anthology of Mormon artists and I was curious what you think Mormon comics should look like in the future
Oph! Is that a question? What Mormon comics should look like in the future? Well, I tell you: because I worked for commercial publishers, DC comics mostly, for DC Comics for sixteen, seventeen, eighteen years, and for other New York publishers because I lived in New York at the time.
But the comics I did usually followed the stories they gave me to illustrate, which were superheroes, war stories, romance stories, detective stories. I used, you know, in the late, oh, 1940s, early 1950s, western stories, cowboys and Indians.
So as far as MORMON comics, I donâ€™t know that thereâ€™s anything like MORMON comics.
I donâ€™t think there is.
No, I think itâ€™s a, you know, itâ€™s a nice thought, but itâ€™s a misnomer.
Ric Estradaâ€™s mentor when he first arrived in New York was a, â€œwhat do you call him, a Jack Mormon . . . he came from a Mormon background and he told me a thing or two about the Church, but he was disconnected with it.” Needless to say, this man was was not making â€œMormonâ€ comics. And outside of Church publications (mainly The Friend), there has been very little done in that respect. A thing here, a thing there. Gags in Sunstone, Mike Allred’s Golden Plates — but not much. So I asked the man with the experience why he thought that was. He offered two reasons.