It’s that time again! The time when I can randomly interview a webcomic artist I enjoy, just because I’m the Editor in Chief and I don’t have to ask for permission to do so on this site, (Don’t tell the higher ups I said that). For this entry, I’m interviewing Cody Baier, the creator of the high flying adventure comic, Cloudscrather. It was a joy being able to chat about where the idea for the comic came from and the many, MANY, references the comic has, below you can read the interview in full.
Bagogame: First off, thanks for agreeing to take time out of your schedule to speak with me.
Cody: It’s no problem! I was flattered you asked!
I’m a fan of Cloudscratcher, so having you say yes is amazing to me, so I guess the feeling is very much mutual.
The art I do for work is generally really easy to do, and I haven’t done much of it recently, so that makes it easier. It’s the day job that makes it a challenge. Most of my free time is spent working on comics (Cloudscratcher or otherwise) since I want to get to a point where I can do them full time.
Yes, actually, Tiequan may not be the most common thing in the Cloudscratcher world, but it does have multiple practitioners. The various uses of Chi specifically come from two related groups of people who get involved in the story later on down the line (anyone who knows Chinese can probably make some guesses if they caught the clan’s name in Chapter 13). With Cloudscrather having a heavy emphasis on adventure, I always felt that a big, exciting adventure wasn’t just about the places you go to, but the people and things you see there, as well. So the story isn’t just about all the places the characters visit in their fight against the Empire, but the people they meet, and the crazy things said people can do. Like meeting a biker chick detective that can throw shockwaves in the middle of a robot-riddled underground ruin!
There’s a ton of music references in the comic. I’m a huge music nut. Even Nina and Kali’s names are references: Nina’s named after rapper Tech N9ne (who often uses the nickname “Tecca Nina”), and her sister’s named after his protégé Krizz Kaliko. And that’s not even getting into the cover parodies…
I guess it comes from the model sheets I studied. It always felt like thicker outlines were a staple of the cartoonier look…
Hard to say, because my day job takes up so much time and messes with my schedule so often. It’s also because of this I often have to take shortcuts I don’t want to in order to get an update out on time. So I end up losing track of just how much time a page takes me. Chapter 13 Page 8 is an example of what most pages would look like if I were doing this full time, and that took somewhere around 10 hours, if I remember correctly. A simpler page with a lot of close-ups takes a lot less time, while elaborate establishing shots will up the production time. So overall 6-14 hours depending on the level of detail.
How exciting. While I would love to keep talking story and characters with you, I don’t think you would want to give away too much
Sticking to your metaphorical guns, nice. If you could choose a studio or distributor who would you love to pick to help create the show?
Hey, it was fun! I had a good time!