Jamie Colville at Collector Times talks to Ty Templeton about his recent comic work on Howard the Duck and for Bongo Comics, as well as his role in editing the recent Planet of the Apes mini-series:
Jamie: You were the editor for this comic, did you like that position?
Templeton: Very much so. It was an opportunity for a couple of things I greatly enjoyed.
1) I got to “find” a couple of artists and publish their work to an audience that hadn’t seen it before. That was especially gratifying. Sam Agro, Steve Molnar and Attila are all fairly new to the action adventure comics genre, and I think they all did fantastic work. PLUS it was an opportunity to show off the talent of Canadian artists and writers. EVERY single person working on the book was a hockey playing, French speaking, bacon eating, igloo dweller, like myself.
2) I got to see a project through every step of production. From the plot sessions right down to the lettering and production and colour guides, and got to participate in every aspect of making a comic. I sketched covers, I lettered some of the issues, and coloured a page or two for Mr. Comics when deadlines required it. I wrote stories and laid some of them out. The only part I didn’t do was the penciling, since I was penciling Spider-Man/Human Torch for Marvel for some of the same time, and let’s be honest, the pencillers we had were WAY better at that stuff than I was, so it seemed the best place to step back.
It wasn’t so much that I was micro-managing, since everyone had lots of room to play and contribute, but that I was participating in every step of the way.