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A Troubled Doctor, a Delayed Autopsy and a Cup of Coffee – TREVOR

Jack is a 25 year old guy from a Vancouver suburb that likes weird character designs, weird stories, and wants to scream them to the world.

He is terrified of spiders, but he adores them and everything they do, and the sheer force of these two thoughts repelling each other like magnets is probably a great metaphor for what makes him tick. He is the creator of TREVOR.

Synopsis: TREVOR is a slasher comic about a man who finally gets to die, and the chaos that ensues in his wake. It all starts with a troubled doctor, a delayed autopsy, and a cup of coffee.

Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
I took visual art as an elective all through high school, and a couple extra curricular classes and camps outside of that, but I haven’t been to an art college, no.

What is the main genre of your comic? What appeals to you about that genre?
I’ve had a love for slasher movies since I was too young to be watching them, and that taboo was what initially sparked my interest (I was very much a contrarian, rebellious child, and “NO” was like an open invitation haha). I wound up loving the shlocky and weird ones the most, especially if they had a supernatural angle; the nightmare on elm street series has to be my favourite run of movies, but Jason Voorhees is my favourite villain.

I sometimes wonder if I’m enjoying the genre wrong because I’m really not a fan of gore, and I like a killer I can root for (kind of conflicting angles) but I still have fun!

Are there any other genres that apply to your comic?
Suspense and horror fit the bill best I think

What was your inspiration for the story?
TREVOR was originally a music video that I wrote in my head to a song by the same title, by the artist Savant (Aleksander Vinter). The way I had it originally scripted was a lot more fast-paced and action packed, to match the heavy electronic sounds of the song. Also, Trevor had a daughter living in the same facility he was held in, there was an army of robot soldiers with guns, and the first kill was a janitor that came to mop up in the morgue.

Now, the only thing that’s stayed the same is the general setting, the name of the titular character, and that “shot” of Trevor sitting up ( http://trevor.the-comic.org/comics/25 )

Do you have any favorite artists or writers who influenced your style?
My art style is a mishmash of everything I’ve seen and liked over the years. I don’t think any one person has had more influence over many, or at least, none immediately come to mind.

How long does it take you to complete one page?
Anywhere from around 4 days to a little over a week, depending on complexity. Colours and rendering is the fastest stage, whereas line art takes the longest.

What is your process like for creating comic pages from start to finish? What tools do you use?
At the beginning of this project, I thumbnailed the whole thing out and had vague pointers on dialogue rather than a full script. From where I want the story beats to be is how I decide things should be worded. I trim the words as necessary to fit the scenes.

Then when it comes time to work on that week’s page, I first futz with the thumbnail a bit and refine the loose ideas and shapes. Then I alter if and where I think there should be more impact in the sketching stage. I’m also trying to loosely figure out colour values while this is going on and the whole thing looks like a mess at this point.

Then I line the backgrounds, then line the characters, and drag them around as necessary. When that’s fully done I colour and render it. I mostly use paint tool sai, and then photoshop to do fonts, effects, and resize things

Is your comic a finished work? If not, how long do you think you think it’s going to be when it’s complete? Is there a definitive ending or will you just keep going for as long as possible?
This is one of my shortest stories I plan to tell. It’ll be 64 pages when it’s done (unless I decide to add another page or two in)

How many pages do you have complete at the moment?
54

How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
I’d thought up that music video back when I was in grade 11, so back in 2011/12, but I’m not sure I’d count the years between then and turning this into the comic as development. I’d not given it much thought during then, hahah. But when I had the drive to start making comics more seriously, I was looking for a short story to start with, and remembered it.

The original draft was only about 25 pages, but after going back and re-reading things, I decided this story would benefit from being slower and more atmospheric. The next draft almost doubled the page count. I’d planned to launch this on Halloween 2019, but the rewrites took longer than that, and working on my actual page buffer took me into January 2020.

What was the biggest hurdle you faced during the course of making of your comic? If you could go back in time to the point where you just started making it and give yourself a pep talk, what would you say?
Honestly, not much beyond the pandemic and the world news has been making everything a slog. Seeing how far along and how close I am to finishing this project has been a great tether to reality. Art is a lot of outlets for me, but I might have picked something a bit more light-hearted and fun if I’d known what was going to happen

If I could go back in time, I’d try to tell myself to take more breaks when I need them, and remind myself this isn’t like a work assignment – it’s not the end of the world if things don’t get done exactly on time every time.

And also, my readers are incredibly kind people that have been so understanding and supportive when I’ve hit walls, it’s insane. I never would’ve thought my comic about a guy brutally killing people would get this kind of audience, but I am so thankful, and I’ve met some really great new friends!

What is your favorite part about working on your comic?
Does “finishing pages” count as an answer? I love the satisfaction of getting things done, and getting to hear the thoughts of people reading it is like icing on that cake

I suppose my favourite part of the process getting there is what I like about drawing in general though: line art. I love love loooooove that part, I like taking my time with it and drawing teeny details

What is the most difficult part about working on your comic? How do you overcome it?
Making deadlines despite my mental health actively working against me every step of the way, it’s really a miracle I’ve managed to keep things this consistent for this long. My coping methods have been hit or miss over the years, and I’m only just now getting proper psychiatric treatment to deal with the symptoms, so I’ve really been trying to cut myself some slack when I take longer to reach goals I set.

Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
Doctor Smithe! I wound up making his character at the very last minute, and absolutely winged it, but I fell in love with him. Well, maybe I wouldn’t love him as a person, per-se, but I really like writing characters that love what they do. And James absolutely. loves. his job. to most everyone else’s dismay.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
I can’t say I’ve had difficulty with any specific character, but I do have difficulty when it comes to medical terms and “doctorly mannerisms” so to say. I’ve done my research on a lot of things, but speaking like someone that holds a medical license isn’t something they teach courses on, so it’s been a lot of guesswork to try and make things sound plausible while still keeping the characters personalities intact.

Do you have a favorite character to draw?
Tough call, this is a toss-up between Lloyd and Terry, out of my characters, and Harkam and Albert, of the cameos. I usually draw bigger guys, but I’ve been having a lot of fun with Lloyd and Terry’s lanky limbs, and I love drawing noses, Albert’s got a good one! Harkam’s owl-like features are really fun too.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to draw?
Trevor has given me hell on so many occasions, to the point where I had to take a week’s hiatus to figure out how to draw certain parts, hahah.

I will say I’ve learned more about internal anatomy during this project than I have any time else. Did you know that your fingers don’t have muscles in them? It’s all tendons, attached to muscle in your forearm up to your elbow!

Where can we find you?
I host TREVOR on comicfury! I’m planning to upload my other comics there too, heres my profile: https://comicfury.com/profile.php?username=JCorrachComics

You can also find me on twitter and tumblr @JCorrachComics, and I’ve got a deviantart, furaffinity and weasyl under the same username

Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
The content warning is up there at the beginning of the comic, but I really want to stress this is not for children; it’s gorey and dour and people say fuckwords. You might even see a nipple! Proceed at your own discretion.

As it is, I am flying by the seat of my gosh-dang pants here, if you’ve ever wanted to start making comics, just start! It’s the best leap I’ve ever taken.