What is the best thing I like about my work?
In general the simple fact that I have the freedom to do write and draw anyway I want and not have to worry about pleasing anyone but me. I am doing this because I love the draw comics. I have known I wanted to be a comic book artist since I was 13 years old and I have achieved that goal. I would like it if people would like my artwork, but that is not something I have control over, so I draw for me.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
First of all I know there is no such think as perfect happiness in life. I have very big dreams about what I would like to achieve in this world. I would like a publisher to pick me up, have a movie contract, animated series, toy-line, and video games all based on the Compu-M.E.C.H. Mechanically Engineered and Computerized Hero Universe that I have created in the last 25 years. Whether that happens or not, I cannot choose to be miserable my whole life. I have to be grateful that I simply have accomplished all that I already have to this point in my life. For one person to created the equivalent of over 145 regular size comics all by himself in the last 25 years, that is something to be proud of and it may have to be enough. Plus happiness is a state of mind.
What is my greatest fear?
Losing my dearest wife, Melissa Riddle to Father time.
What is the trait that I deplore in myself?
I cannot afford to think like that. Everyone is human and I make mistakes just like everyone else. But in my heart I know I truly know I care about people and would never hurt anyone on purpose, but at the same time I have to protect myself in an appropriate way by being direct and honest.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
Pretty much everyone who really loves to do what we do to the best of their ability although there are some artists out there that are brighter stars than some of us, but there is always different colors of light an infinite amount of colors.
What is my greatest extravagance?
Having the ability to draw any day of the week I choose.
On what occasion would I lie?
I would never lie unless is was to protect my wife. I wouldn’t have any other reason to lie.
What is the thing I most dislike the most in my work?
I am growing as an artist everyday, but I wish I could think of more dramatic angles in which to layout the scenes that I create.
Where and when was I happiest, in my work?
When I was working for 5 different magazines a month on monthly titles that I had created and that is where Compu-M.E.C.H. was first given birth. I was making more money at that time in my life than I ever have and I loved it.
If I could what would I change about myself?
I really wish I could quit smoking.
What is my greatest achievement in my work?
The fact that I have single handedly run an entire company by myself. I have accomplished what it takes an entire company to do.
What do the words “The Financial Freedom to Create” mean to me.
Exactly what I have now.
Where would I most like to live?
Either Arizona, USA or London, UK.
What is my most treasure possession?
It is not what you have but who you have. “My wife.”
What is my most marked characteristic?
Joe Kubert once said “I was the most Tenacious person he ever met”. I believe that to be true plus I have one wicked sense of humor. LOL!
What is the most inspirational location in my city?
Right behind my drawing table that overlooks my back porch and a forest.
What is the favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?
Believe it or not, I’m just happy going to good old Wendy’s and I don’t drink alcoholic beverages.
What books influence my life and how?
The Bible. I do not go to church anymore, but growing up it seemed like the New Testament was a very good way to live ones life. Where or not there is a perfect world or person. I truly believe that Human kindness is a virtue, and of course the comics I read in my earlier years of my life. They have changed a lot since then.
Who are your favorite writers?
Any of the Authors that are writing for Warhammer 40,000 and the Horus Heresy. I don’t typically read any comics anymore, because I don’t have the time.
You only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
The Angles singing hopefully and I’m not going to hell. LOL! Like my favorite band, AC/DC’s song “Highway to Hell”. I don’t draw without listening to them all day long.
Who is my favorite heroes or heroine in fiction?
Outside of my own characters there are quite a few, Batman, Daredevil, Moon Knight, Kaine by Simon Bisley, Iron Fist the original version, and the Phantom Stranger.
Who are my heroes and Heroines in real life? I have too many to mention. I wouldn’t want to leave anyone out all of have either helped me or shown me kindness and that is a very personal question.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime.
I don’t know. I haven’t scene it yet, but I would like to be the one to produce it.
What role plays art in my life and work?
I’m like a fish out of water without it.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My wife, Melissa.
Whom who I like to work with in 2019?
Any publishers that would pick up Compu-M.E.C.H. and take some weight off my shoulders.
What Project, in 1999, am I looking forward to working on?
Like I said I would like to have a publisher pick up Compu-M.E.C.H. and I have others that I can’t tell you about right now, but they are coming very soon.
Here is a link to my YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGGGLYVxp4Q
Here is the link to my website: http://www.monolithcomics.com
Here is the link to my Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/MonolithComics
Here is the link to my amazon.com Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Theodore-Raymond-Riddle/e/B00J9OKN2I