INDIE SPOTLIGHT WITH SEAN LEONARD

The Grayhaven Comics Staff Spotlight

We’ve spend the past few weeks featuring some of our incredible staff members who volunteer their time and energy into putting together GrayHaven’s comic line. As a group we’re from assorted backgrounds and even different parts of the world, but we share a passion for creating comics and helping others to bring their comics dreams to life!

Name: Sean Leonard

Position: Writer/Editor.

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How did you come to be involved with GrayHaven Comics?

SL: I got started when my good friend James O’Callaghan became an editor with GrayHaven. We had talked several times about going to a big convention in the US together and since he was going to NYCC he suggested that I come along as well and I am glad I did, as I got to meet and hang out with all the editors of GrayHaven at the time. Meeting them, and brainstorming ideas, helped to give me the confidence to submit a story.

Well that and James threatening me, hahaha.

We all wear many hats at GrayHaven. Of the jobs you have to do, what do you find most rewarding?

SL: The most rewarding job for me is writing. I love creating new characters and seeing what trouble I can get them into.

For editing, I just love helping people get their stories out there and into reader’s hands.


We’ve all made appearances at different conventions. What is your favorite part of the convention experience? Your least favorite part?

SL: My favorite part of cons is getting to meet up with other people from GrayHaven, and meeting new people interested in making comics. My least favorite part is working the table and having to deal with the people who take up space and refuse to move, or try take pictures of an artist’s work so they don’t have to pay for it. I have very little patience for those people.


Of what GrayHaven projects are you most proud? Why?

I’m proud of all the GrayHaven projects I have worked on, but the two I’m most proud off is The Village which is a one shot written by myself and James O’Callaghan, with art by Damien Duncan coming out later this year, and Fangs of Innocence which appeared in Tales of the Abyss no.1.

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Are there any other works – be they comics, literary, or art related – that you’re working on?

I’ve just finished co-editing a horror anthology, the Cork Horror comic which will be released in October at the Dragon of Shandon festival in Cork City, Ireland. I’m also working on several projects with James.

What kinds of comics do you enjoy reading and why?

SL: My taste in comics is fairly eclectic. I just love to read, so I’ll give anything that grabs my eye a try.

What are you current top five books to pick up?

1. 2000AD
2. Rachel Rising by Terry Moore.
3. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe
4. Peter Panzerfaust by Kurtis J. Wiebe
5. Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks

 

How were you first introduced to the comics medium?

SL: I have been into comics since I was about 5 years of age. Living in Ireland though the first comics I read were British comics like Commando, Eagle and 2000 AD. I didn’t get into American comics till much later mainly due to the fact that they were very hard to get where I lived.
Do you have aspirations to be a professional in the comics industry?

SL: Definitely. I love comics and being a professional would be living the dream.


What is the fundamental advice you’d like to give to all up-and-coming comics creators?

SL: Treat people the way you want them to treat you. Be nice to people and treat them with respect and make friends. The friends I have made since I have started writing comics and gotten involved with GrayHaven have helped me out so much with advice and tips. Also meet your deadlines and listen to your editor.

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