I guess it’d be good for me to talk about how I ended up working on Americus…

If you have heard us talk a lot about Tugboat Press and Greg Means it’s because A.] he’s awesome, and B.] Americus wouldn’t have happened without him.

To make a semi-longish, boring story short – Greg basically got in touch with me and told me that he had wanted to work with me for awhile and that he had also wanted to work with MK for awhile and that he thought we would be a good fit and that it would be a way for him to kill two birds with one stone.

I was unfamiliar with MK’s work, but he showed me some of her comics and I think he said that what we had in common was that the main characters in both of our comics ‘tend to be kind of clueless and stupid’. Those might not have been his exact words, but that was the sentiment, and after reading some of MK’s comics, I knew that he was spot on.

He pitched me Americus and how he planned for the story to be able to stand on its own, but how it would be the first chapter of a longer story. Before he pitched the plot, he told me it didn’t seem like a story that I would normally do, but to be honest, most of the stories of my comics at the time consisted of a group of misfits all named John getting into fistfights. So really, almost anything he pitched wouldn’t have been a story I would normally do.

Thinking back, when I said yes, I honestly didn’t think it would end up where it has. At the time I was just starting to get a semi-decent amount illustration work, so I was drawing a lot, but I hadn’t drawn comics in almost a year. Americus seemed like a great excuse for me to be drawing comics again and to be drawing things that I might not normally be inclined to drawing, and really, just to be doing something different.

A couple of years later, and here we are! I think Greg found a perfect fit with MK and I, but I might be a little biased. You’ll have to keep reading the comic and let us know what you think.