by Orion Tippens
Did you know that penguins and possums are sworn enemies in a secret world war? Of whom did I learn of this?
Enter Sebastian Kadlecik and John Bring, the creative duo behind the indie print and webcomic, Penguins Vs. Possums. As the title says, this story concerns the bitter rivalry between the two, in an epic (and violent) struggle for species supremacy. Along the way, we have much action, drama, and perhaps a little romance.
This unique story is in good hands, as the creators deliver the details as best the audience should enjoy – as a home-brewed black and white indie comic, but with all the grandeur one could find in an issue of (insert overrated mainstream pop title).
Last year, I had the good fortune of meeting the duo in the Artist Alley of the 2011 Long Beach Comic Convention. On their small table, fresh copies of Penguins Vs. Possums are revealed in print. They welcomed my curiosity, with much enthusiasm and words on this fun concept. I also recorded a conversation, that was a bit short as I finally continued our discussion after the last WonderCon in Anaheim.
The results was some cool insight on their creative work. Further in, something also special; words detailing the mindset and process of the conception and processing of the epic feud. All, of which I now share in the following interview:
ADC: What creative work do you do on Penguins Vs. Possums?
John: We both wrote it, together. I drew the majority of the comic. Sebastian drew the cover, a few pages in the comic and the pinups in the back.
Gettin' ready for WAR
ADC: Where are you from?
John: Born in Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in a little town called Valdosta, Georgia. I moved to California about 7 years ago.
Sebastian: I’m originally from San Jose, CA. I left the Bay Area and came out to LA about 6 years ago.
ADC: Are you both now operating in Southern California?
Sebastian: Yup, both living in Southern California now and it’s our base of operations for all things JBSK.
John: Yes, live and work in Burbank.
ADC: How did you two originally meet?
Sebastian: We originally met at work. We were working on a TV show, him in production and me in production accounting and we sat next to each other in the bullpen. We realized each of us had a love for drawing and comic books and it was like being in 3rd or 4th grade all over again!
John: We had a mutual friend in the office who encouraged us to show off each other’s drawing work. After seeing that Sebastian was an exceptional artist, I felt I had to up my game. I had drawn a few pages of a comic book (which was just for portfolio purposes), and had fallen out of it a bit to work on filmmaking pursuits. After meeting Sebastian, though, I started breaking the pages out at work and it went from there. It didn’t take long before we had to work on something together, and EPIC was born out of that. Penguins Vs. Possums wasn’t far behind.
ADC: How did the Penguins Vs. Possums concept come about between you two?
Sebastian: I had the original idea for Penguins VS. Possums back when Continue reading