Ron Randall has been drawing comic books and graphic novels and storyboards for over thirty years. He has worked for all the major comics publishers in the United States, including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse and IDW on properties as varied as Spider-man, Supergirl, Predator and Star Wars. His own science fiction adventure series Trekker is his signature project. Ron is busier than ever these days, producing new Trekker stories, serialized at www.trekkercomic.com and in print through Dark Horse Comics as well as serving as artist on several other comics projects and various commercial clients.
What made you decide to work in the medium of comics?
I read comics as a little kid, like everyone did back then. But when I met a buddy back in second grade who was already an active “fan”, who follows certain artists and books, I suddenly realized that people actually did this for a living. From then on it was on my short list of careers. It was comics artist or jet pilot. I started drawing my own characters and stories then and never stopped.
What part of the process is the most challenging or frustrating to you?
Hm. Right now, it’s the coloring on Trekker. Color is a whole new world for me. I have a pretty good sense, usually, of the feel I want the colors to have and the color choices. But I know there is so much I don’t know about color and digital techniques that I feel I could always to better and more with that step of the process.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring comics creator, what would that be?
Keep drawing. There is no set way to get into the business, no formula or process that works for everyone. You find your own way. And the one thing that works is to keep at it.