Squarriors and the End of the Earth: How a New Comic was Born
Squarriors is new animal comic where different tribes of animals are surviving on earth after the human race is extinguished. It is appropriate for older kids and adults. It’s written by Ash Maczko and drawn by Ashley Witter. And together they are Team Ash!
Carl: I’m here at Garden State Comic Fest with Ashley Witter and Ash Maczko, or Team Ash, co-creators of the exciting new comic Squarriors. I’d like to ask you a few questions for my readers.
Did you want to become comic book creators when you were kids?
Ashley: Yes! Absolutely!
Ash: Actually, I totally did. I was making comics in grade school – probably younger than you were.
Carl: What comic books did you read when you were kids?
Ash: My favorite comic growing up was probably The Crow series, but I also read some Punisher and some Spider-Man. Yeah things like that. What did you read, Ashley?
Ashley: I read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, because I had an older brother and he was into comics.
Carl: What comics do you read now?
Ash: I like Sabrina The Teenage Witch, I like the Afterlife with Archie, I like Scarlet Witch, I like the Mortal Kombat series I like the He-Man series. I read a lot of newer stuff, actually. What did you like, Ashley?
Ashley: I can’t remember off the top of my head right now. I was really into Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor.
Ash: You read Low…
Ashley: Low is really good! Rocket Girl – I’m super into Rocket Girl right now.
Carl: Dave O’Hare, the founder of Garden State Comic Fest, told me Squarriors is his favorite comic. Why do you think so many people love it?
Ash: I don’t know! The artwork’s amazing! Ashley’s a great artist.
Ashley: It’s a really good story, it’s got a lot of heart.
Ash: It’s got cute animals – everybody likes cute animals. It’s got squirrels! There’s not a whole lot of squirrel books out right now. We’re probably in the top 10 squirrel books that are out right now.
Carl: How did you get the idea for Squarriors?
Ashley: That was his idea.
Ash: I wanted to do something with animals. I liked a lot of animal cartoons and things as a kid growing up. That’s what I wanted to do – I wanted to do foxes and dogs and squirrels and mice – cute little animals and make some fun stories with them.
Carl: When will see the next issue come out?
Ash: The next issue is Summer #2 and that should be out next month, at the end of August.
(Carl’s Note: You can pre-order it at their website! It looks like it will be out soon. AND Check out the preview of it here)
Carl: Thank you for answering my questions. It was nice to meet you.
Ash: For sure!
Ashley: Thank you!