"I've done classes with Pima College in Tucson. I always enjoyed doing comic book drawing classes, cause when I was in college, there was always a lot of demand, but there were no classes on comic book production," said Smith. "So my friends and I would get together for drawing sessions on our own, and work on our stuff."
"The art tells the story, more than anything. You really have to learn to make the most of your space, draw the eye along from panel to panel, and be the best storyteller you can be, all with the visuals, the art."
He said he has had experience in creating his own comic book, "Tribal Force," which he fondly remembers, despite its early discontinuance.
"The publisher we were with was going under, and I had some creative differences with a partner, so it did fall apart before we could get more of it out, unfortunately," Smith said. "Still, I really loved 'Tribal Force,' and so did a lot of fans. It was basically Native American X-Men. Each member came from a different tribe, had their own power and weakness that made them unique, and they had to learn to work together. I thought that was a great message."
Ryan is an infrequent correspondent, but now that he's at the Smoki Museum, I know where to find him. I'm hoping he'll do some art for the PEACE PARTY graphic novel.