Comic: The Errant Apprentice
Creator: Kevin Hayman
Genre: Fantasy, Alternate history, Adventure
Synopsis: Terry Lingal is the Errant Apprentice. He travels a modern world where fantasy has returned and he moves ever closer to his destiny.
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An Interview with Kevin Hayman
1. When did you first come up with the idea for The Errant Apprentice?
Kevin: Oh jeez. A pretty good while back. Just after high school I think so in ‘95 or so. It was going to be three series in a shared universe that my friends and I were going to do but I was the only one that hung on to the idea of a knight in the modern world. I didn’t actually start working on it till around 2004 or 2005.
2. What does your workspace look like? If you can add anything to it, what would it be?
Kevin: Honestly, it’s a 17 year old press board computer desk with my PC and Wacom tablet next to it. I keep a Transformers Masterpiece Prowl on the hutch to watch my back and I keep a silver Tar Valon mark and a bottle of Aleve there as well. A good combination of geeky and practical.
If I could add anything it would be an 11×17 printer/scanner and a mixing board for recording pod casts.
That and a sandwich.
3. What’s your favorite time-sucking activity?
Kevin: I’m gonna say my Nintendo 3DS. I got “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” and that was all I wanted to do for weeks.
4 . Lord of the Rings or Star Wars?
Kevin: That’s tough. I honestly have more attachment to Star Wars, but I’m gonna say Lord of the Rings since I haven’t seen it 4,576 times throughout my life.
5. If you were writing a clever interview question for the next spotlight, what would it be? Feel free to answer this question for yourself if you’d like!
Kevin: Have you ever had a lucid dream?
Yes. Yes I have and it was amazing.
7. What is your favorite character to draw in your comic?
Kevin: It’s a tie, really. It’s either Terry or his mom. I like drawing Terry because he’s got such a range of emotions and he’s got that “serious business” look. I also like coming up with new armor designs for him. Oh God. I’m playing dress up with him.
As for his mom, who’s only recently been turning up, I just really like her big poofy hair.
8. I can’t help but be reminded a little bit of Trigun when I look at Terry. Are there any Vash or perhaps Wolfwood influences there?
Kevin: There may be some unconscious influence from Vash there what with the coat and all. Mostly though, Terry’s that hero that I think everyone secretly wants in their stories, even if they like anti-heroes.
9. What keeps you going?
Kevin: Spite and angrosity.
No, not really. Part of it is that I HAVE to tell these stories. They come to me and I need to do something with them or it’s a waste. Part of it is being able to touch people emotionally through the work. Mostly, this is what keeps me sane when things start to go south out here in the real world.
10. What program do you draw your comic in? Is there another program you’d like to try out or upgrade to?
Kevin: I use Manga Studio 5 EX right now. I’ve tried Photoshop, Illustrator, and PaintTool SAI before that though and so far I’m extremely satisfied with Manga Studio. I can’t think of any other programs out there I’d like to try to be honest. Any suggestions from the readers?
11. The Errant Apprentice has been running for over 8 years. How many pages have been produced so far? Do you have any big plans for when your comic reaches the 10 year mark?
Kevin: I’m not sure of the exact number at the moment but it’s somewhere around 590 pages so far. Kota’s World actually reached about 935 or so, so this isn’t the longest thing I’ve done.
The ten year mark? Good question. Probably ask myself how far off the plan I went to hit ten years! Seriously though, there is a strong chance I WILL hit ten years but I have no idea what I’ll do at that point. I suppose I’ll get a low sugar cupcake, put a candle in it, take a photo, and post it on the site on the anniversary date. I’m not very good with this whole “planning ahead” thing.
12. What’s next for The Errant Apprentice?
Kevin: We’re actually headed toward the end game with Errant Apprentice right now, but there’s some really fun and amazing stuff still happening before that! Afterward I have a sequel I’d like to do a year or so later. It’ll be a reverse of the Everywhen storyline in that a young girl from the Everywhen will cross over to our world and have adventures. Should be fun! Until then, I’ll probably concentrate on my other series, Mailbox Rocketship which is an adventure/humor series that I’m having far too much fun with for it to be legal.