Interview Series with Artist - Randy Procter of Legal Burning
Custom covers are one of my goals as a comic book collector, as I love art in general. There are a few artists I'd love to get commissions from. So I was intrigued when I saw Randy Procter's work on social media. It was astonishing that he was actually burning his art onto the paper! It was incredibly different and hugely appealing as it was a different medium aside from the regular application with pens and markers. He does awesome work and is taking commissions for February if you're interested!
What got you into comics?
- I was very influenced by TMNT, GI JOE and XMEN cartoons in the 90s. I also collected and would draw Marvel cards.
Favorite childhood memory about comics?
- It's not a comic memory, but I had a set of 92 Marvel heroes and villain trading cards that I would spend hours looking at and replicating in my sketchbooks. My favorite comic book was a Silver Surfer embossed cover I got in 1994 at 12 years old.
What got you into burning comics?
- I started woodburning comic characters and selling them. My buddy Jason from Kingdom of Comics asked if I could do a sketch cover in a burned style. I tried it, and realized I could burn on paper as long as I was very careful, so the rest is history. I have been Burning Comics a little over a year, and just hit my 43rd burned book. Every book is numbered, so I know how many are out in the world.
Biggest mistake you made when you started selling?
- I burned a hole through a Wonderwoman blank. Luckily, I had another one.
What’s your favorite character or title to collect?
Next big thing for your personal collection? Your grail?
- hmmmm....probably German blank variants. I enjoy the blanks from other countries.
Most unique or favorite thing in your collection?
- Hulk 1:500 Green blank and signed books by local artists including Freakshow Princess, Savage Bastards and Recount.
Raw or Graded? Why?
- Raw....I like to flip through the books and see the interiors. For my art, graded!
Best find or score?
- I had the privilege of Burning a signed Stan Lee book, and it got a 9.8 from CGC. Pretty amazing to have my name on a yellow label next to his.
Advice to new artists.
- For artists....persistence is key...never look back, produce high quality work, and "stay in your lane" :)
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