There are few people cooler than Aidan Casserly. He’s an incredibly talented artist with a badass comic book series. He’s horror-obsessed, a fellow MST3K fan, and damn funny to boot. I love his artwork and sensibilities, and I’m so, so excited to have him and his art featured here on PopLurker today! And really– who better to feature on Halloween than Aidan Casserly!?
Hi Aidan! Thank you so much for hanging out with us today. Would you please introduce yourself for PopLurker readers?
Hello, fellow PopLurkers! My name is Aidan Casserly; I live with my funny goth wife in a home with far too much horror art and comic books. I produce horror art and comic books, along with drawings of other funny goth women (albeit fictional ones) that makes my wife hit me with assorted blunt instruments.
I create, write, and draw a comic series called Scapula, which centers on the World’s Worst Villain (in every sense of the word) and his gang of freaks and monsters. It’s currently approaching its twelfth year of publication, with a Kickstarter currently running to fund the latest issue.
What are some of your favorite things? Like, anything, really. Tell us about yourself!
Besides the horror art and comic books? Is there really anything more to life?
Well, let’s see: there’s also rock and roll! I work with a great horror-themed band called the Rhythm Coffin, which lets me live out my dream of being both Alice Cooper and Lon Chaney Jr. I create album covers, props, costumes, and more Halloween goodies while also playing a menagerie of monsters in their live stage shows (including werewolves, creatures, hunchbacks, Frankenstein critters, and more surprise roles).
When did you know that a lifetime of art was in your inevitable future? Is this a hobby or a career? How do you make time for the things that you love?
I think most cartoonists begin their lifelong path when they realize that math and history class is boring as hell and those notebooks you carry are best suited for endless sketching. What consumed most of my young life ended up leading to a strange and wonderful career and I’m eternally grateful for that.
When did you decide to make the leap into Pop Culture art? What was the show or movie that really inspired that for you?
The biggest inspirations for me to pursue comics were Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes and Steve Ditko’s original run of The Amazing Spider-Man. Throughout the years I continued to discover other artists, writers, filmmakers, and fellow creative types who continue to inspire and challenge me to get off my duff and make something.
What would you say are your biggest fandoms? The ones you enjoy most or consider yourself part of?
Hmm…not entirely sure how to answer that. While I’m aware that fan culture divides into various ‘tribes’ I’ve never aimed for my art and stories to appeal to any particular demographic. I’m just happy whenever anyone likes my work enough to read it, buy it, share it, enjoy it, and inspire them to create something on their own.
What are some fandoms or hobbies that your own fans wouldn’t expect? Something that never makes an appearance in your art?
I honestly do have a more innocent side to my art that I really would like to return to; aside from the previously mentioned Bill Watterson another early childhood influence who captures that youthful happier side is Jim Henson. I’m aiming to do something more child-friendly soon.
Where do you currently sell your pieces? Are you in the convention scene? How far do you travel to build your platform?
I try to do as many comic and horror conventions as I can, which is why I’m so lucky that southern California has so many great ones (and lousy ones, too, but I won’t get into that).
In between shows I continue to sell both Scapula and my monster art book series, Dada Hyena’s Creature Show, from my on-line bookstore.
Is there anything new in the pipeline for you? Do you have any upcoming projects or secrets you want to share with us here at PopLurker?
Aside from the previously mentioned Kickstarter for the next issue of Scapula (which I’ll plug again because I’m annoying like that), there is a new book project that I’m aiming to have released next year. As I mentioned before I’d really like to create more child-friendly books and this one in particular is going to be a lot of fun. You can find out more about it at my Patreon page and see the artistic progress as I continue to create new stories.
Do you have any social media or an online store? How can our readers find you and your awesome work? Plug yourself, your projects, and give me all your links!
Let’s see…I plugged my Patreon and Kickstarter, and the Scapula store, sooo…I think I’m good. Let’s plug PopLurker for a bit: PopLurker is awesome! Everyone should read it out loud on the bus, in line at the DMV, weddings and funerals, EVERYWHERE! DO IT!
Thank you again for reading my ramble and keep enjoying the freakshow of life!
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