9 Questions with Mike Roll

April 18, 2012

If you’ve been around the Midwest comic scene at all, then you’re certainly acquainted with the artwork of Mike Roll. He’s the co-creator of the wonderful series of uber-cute-yet-horrifying illustrated books Apooka: The World’s Most Adorable Zombie, Apooka Goes to the Park and Apooka at the Zombie Slumber Party.

He’s a fantastic artist and is featured in the upcoming Scratch9 anthology! Mike collaborated with creator Rob M. Worley on a tale taking us back to Scratch’s first incarnation as the ice-age-dwelling Smilodon Garogga!

Here’s Mike scratching through nine deeply insightful questions from team Scratch…

Garogga illustration by Mike Roll

Garogga illustration by Mike Roll

Scratch9: What made you want to draw comics?

Mike Roll: I’ve always loved art since day one, seeing and creating it, I guess I’m just wired that way.

Scratch9: Your story involves Garogga’s cave. What is your most interesting moment in a cave?

Mike Roll: I don’t remember because I was very young when we went to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, my parents still have a pennant souvenir from there.

Garogga Illustration by Mike Roll

Garogga Illustration by Mike Roll

Scratch9: Which of your behaviors is most catlike?

Mike Roll: I like to take naps by sunlight windows.

Scratch9: What is the first thing kids should do if they want to become an artist?

Mike Roll: Draw! But do it on paper, not on the walls or you’ll get yelled at like I used to.

Scratch9: Laser Tag?

Mike Roll: My friend Mark had one when we were kids. It wasn’t any fun because he only had one.

Cover art to "Apooka: The Worlds Most Adorable Zombie"

Cover art to "Apooka: The Worlds Most Adorable Zombie"

Scratch9: You sometimes collaborate with your father who is actually named Rick Roll. How has the Rick Astley meme changed his life?

Mike (Son of Rick) Roll: Only to the people around him when we go to shows. He doesn’t really get it, I don’t think he was ever “Rick Rolled.”

Scratch9: What are you working on now?

Mike Roll: Working on a graphic novel of my own with hopes of a mid-April release date.

Scratch9: What is your dream project?

Mike Roll: Not sure yet, I’m still waiting for the right dream.

Cover art to "Apooka Goes to the Park"

Cover art to "Apooka Goes to the Park"

Scratch9: Where can our readers find you if they must know more about Mike Roll?

Mike Roll: I’m usually hanging out around Detroit and the suburbs but a much easier way to know more about me is to visit my blog http://mikeroll.blogspot.com/

Check out Apooka: The World’s Most Adorable Zombiewherever fine comics are sold. And stay tuned for 9 more questions from our fantastic anthology artists.

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