-What's with the name changes? I have yet to find a title for the comic I like. I'm settling on Dreamers Ink for one reason really, it's the domain name. It was originally aquired in 1999 when I opened a web design business. It was the name of my graphic arts imprint when I did that type of thing.
- What is Genuine Draft?- It's several things really. A beer I like to drink. My written masterpiece. And the second name of the comic, and the longest used so far. It's a comic made with LEGO® elements. There are 3 basic story themes. The 153rd Alternate Timeline Unit. Burgatory. And random and general stuff. edit-These themes have changed a bit since originally written. To figure them out, you'll have to read the comic,
- What is Friction Fit Theatre? Friction Fit Theatre was the original title for Genuine Draft before I changed it. I had a hard time coming up with a name for the comic. Friction Fit is the technical term LEGO® uses to describe how the bricks hold together. Genuine Draft is the name of my written masterpiece, personal opinion of course. I loved the story and the title, so I chose to use it. I had a metal MGD sign which was in front of me when coming up with a title for the novel. I began using the term to describe the finished unedited version of stories.
- Why LEGO® Bricks? Why not? I can draw very well. I drew for years. But I lost the desire to actually sit and draw a comic. I still do a few doodles. I also have carpel tunnel and various nerve issues which prevents long times at the drawing board. I like to create things, comics, novels, woodworking projects, classic cars. I have a love for LEGO® building supplies. So when I stopped Life Is A SitCom, I still wanted to make a comic. I debated on what to do. After reading a few comics made with LEGO® elements, I figured I could too. I built the Burgatory diner first and created a story that utilized my collection.
- Does The LEGO® Company help make the comic? Only by making those wonderful little building blocks. LEGO® does not endorse, sponsor, or have anything to do with Genuine Draft. LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies, which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this site. This material is presented in accordance with the LEGO® Fair Play Guidelines.
- Which character is you, the creator? I am all of them! But seriously, it's Col.James M. Samson. He's been my little fantasy character since 1983 when he was created for a comic book I did, Freedom Fighters.
- How long does it take to make a comic? Depends. I write the scripts 20 or more at a time. I then build the sets, or use existing, or modify one of the generic sets for the scenes needed to be filmed. Then I gather the minifigs, position them, and begin taking pictures. It can take an hour or more to film depending on what's on television. Then it's upload to the Mac, processed through Photoshop (which is resizing, dpi settings, color corrections, and effects.) then imported into Illustrator for lettering. I can make 20 comics in 3 to 5 hours which makes a daily update possible.
- How many LEGO® things do you own? A lot. And counting. I have specific themes I collect. Castle, Agents, '09 Pirates, Indiana Jones, and Exo-Force are the most sets I have. I have a few StarWars and some misc themes. I have more parts than complete sets. I buy more specific pieces now due to the storage problems I have encountered with the growing collection.
- Why is there different, "themes"? I have a variety of ideas that run through my brain. 153rd is more specific in how I write the story. There are certain goals that are the drive to get the story from point to point. Burgatory is humor and story based on the particular characters used in the theme. Random is just that. It's something that strikes me funny or a comment on an item. Everything is cannon. It all meshes together somehow. So you could get Dragons serving the 153rd team dinner at a fast food joint.
- How do you make Genuine Draft? For that information check out the behind the scenes page (under construction)
- What comics do you read? These will be posted in the Links section when available But I read several LEGO® based comics. And a variety of other comics.
- Do you have a link banner available? YES! In several popular sizes. Pick the one you want. They are on the Links page.
- What do you use to display Genuine Draft? I use a free PHP based blog designed for comics call LiteDoodle. http://hari.literaryforums.org/entry.php/litedoodle It's a manual updater, meaning there is no database's to configure, just add the next comic to be displayed into the cartoons folder and it updates. It's really simple to use and configure. I've used Wordpress for a while with Comicpress as a theme to manage the comic. It's quite nifty but I have found after nearly 2 years of using it, I don't like trying to get it to look like I want. I've come close, but it's not what I want, so back to simple.
- Why don't you call them legos? It's in respect to the LEGO® companies fair play guidelines. They simply ask that they aren't called legos, but LEGO® elements or bricks. I'm okay with it since I figured out where the ® is on the keyboard!