100 Creatives 2014: Winston Williams, What Happens to Confiscated Comics?
What He Does: So there you are in school, just trying to dull the pain of public education by quietly reading an issue of The Maxx (For the sake of narrative in this case you're me, it's the '90s, and you better believe you're wearing JNCOs). Suddenly, the teacher swarms down upon the and relieves you of your reading material because you're not paying attention. She says you'll get it back at the end of class but do you? Do you ever really?
Winston Williams is proof positive that you don't. He's been drawing since he could remember, but it was a friend of his mother's that led him down his true path as a comic artist. She was an elementary school teacher, and she handed him a box full of confiscated comics from an entire year. Initially he began just copying the art, but eventually got good enough to begin branching out into his own characters.
His latest work is a comic book called The Soul, written by Jose Alonso. It follows a Houston Police Department struggling to maintain law and order in a not-to-distant dystopia future. Currently the first issue is available at Third Planet.
Why He Likes It: "Comic books are not only a visual medium, but a narrative as well. When people connect with the characters and story line and genuinely like the content, then it makes all the hard work worthwhile."
What Inspires Him: The constant support he's received from his family is his biggest inspiration. He considers every reader as a distant relation, and aiming to please them is one of his driving devotions. As far as artistic influences, he likes Leonardo DaVinci, Carravagio, Frank Frazetta, Todd Mcfarlane, Stan Winston, and Michaelangelo.
If Not Here, Then Where: "I once spent some time in Chicago, Illinois. The atmosphere, environment, and the people really resonated with me... I plan on visiting again one day! The weather is horrendous, but I think I could manage. Despite this, Houston will forever be my home."
If Not This, Then What: If you're conjuring up a stereotypical geek with a sunken chest and no muscle mass then you're way off. If he wasn't an artist Williams would aim to be more involved in the health and fitness industry. He's specialty is strength and conditioning, and he enjoys coaching people from the high school to Olympic level.
What's Next: "There are other projects that fans will pleasantly be surprised about in relation to the comic, but I don't want to spoil anything for now. You'll just have to wait and see!"
More Creatives for 2014 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
Octavio Moreno, opera singer Dylan Godwin, actor, storyteller and teacher McKenna Jordan, independent bookstore owner Steven Trimble, mixed media artist Sandria Hu, visual artist and professor of art Robert Gouner AKA Goon73, photographer Shawna Forney and Erma Tijerina (aka SHER), culture gurus Mark Bradley, photographer James Ferry, comics artist Keith Parsons, author and philosophy professor Alonzo Williams Jr., photographer Rudy Zanzibar Campos, painter Paige Kiliany, director Betirri Bengtson, visual artist Melissa Maygrove, romance novelist Natalie Harris, bridal gown designer Larry McKee, cinematographer Tiffany Heath, filmmaker Jonathan Pidcock, Jewelry Maker Mallory Bechtel, actor, singer, dancer Janine Hughes, visual artist Nyssa Juneau, artist John Merritt, artist Leslie Scates, choreographer and dance educator Denise O'Neal, producer, director, playwright Jason Poland, cartoonist Courtney Sandifer, filmmaker, actor, writer Lloyd Gite, gallery owner Henry Yau, The Children's Museum of Houston's publicity and promotions guru Angeli Pidcock, fantasy writer and mentor Jennifer Mathieu, author Scott Chitwood, writer Anat Ronen, urban artist Amber Galloway Gallego, rockstar and sign language interpreter Michael Weems, playwright Lane Montoya, artist Jordan Simpson, SLAM poet Joey & Jaime, designers Suzi Taylor, photographer Ashton Miyako, dressmaker T. Smith, artistLindsay Finnen, photographer Kaitlyn Stanley, tattoo artist Eleazar Galindo Navarro, video game maker Kate de Para, textile and clothing designer Shawn Swanner, video game painter Andy Gonzales, painter Chris Foreman, comic book sketcher Theresa DiMenno, photographer Jessica E. Jones, opera singer Atseko Factor, actor John Pluecker, writer, poet and language justice worker Ricky Ortiz, painter, tattoo artist Rabēa Ballin, artist David Wald, actor Lisa E. Harris, performing and visual artist Stephanie Todd Wong, executive director of Dance Source Houston Pamela Fagan Hutchins, novelist Heather Gordy, artist Mark Nasso, comic artist Shelbi-Nicole, artist Marian Szczepanski, novelist Jonathan Blake, fashion designer Doni Langlois, interior designer Kat Denson, dancer Blame the Comic, comedian Margaret Menchaca Alvarez, artist Jacquelyne Jay Boe, dancer Rene Fernandez, painter Teresa Chapman, choreographer and dancer
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