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Interview With Blackbox Comics

Psycho List is probably, if not, my favorite indie book out right now so I had to ask Dimitrios Zaharakis if he can share more with us about Blackbox Comics. Off to the jump! -->

COMIC LOUNGE: Thanks so much for gracing us with your time, Dimitrios. I have to ask, can you tell us about yourself and your biggest inspiration in launching Blackbox Comics:

DIMITRIOS ZAHARAKIS: Like many others, I have loved comics since I was a child. My biggest inspiration in starting Blackbox Comics was getting to create interesting and creative content that would entertain people that love comics, as well as interesting those who aren’t avid followers.

COMIC LOUNGE: What’s your all-time favorite comics, writers, and artists that got you into the medium or has changed the way you look at them:

DIMITRIOS: Some of my favorite comics growing up as a child were Daredevil and Batman. Artists like John Romita Sr. and Frank Brunner were among my favorite artists. As far as writers go, I always liked Frank Miller (Ronin, Daredevil, etc.) and Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Batman, Swamp Thing, etc.). Since starting Blackbox, I have more of an appreciation for the amount of work that goes into the creative process in general; from writing, editing, choosing the right artists, all the way to creating characters and to scheduling the printing.

COMIC LOUNGE: What are the comic book industry’s strengths and weaknesses right now? What about the independent comic book industry?

DIMITRIOS: I think that the comic book industry in general, although they have a substantial following, seems to not be able to expand its comic book market further by reaching new readers. Growing up I would see comic books being sold in most stores but that has dwindled. Independents are the future of the industry because they are bringing new ideas and aren’t afraid to think outside the box. I feel that it is our duty as independent publishers to draw more followers to the industry. 

COMIC LOUNGE: What can we expect from Blackbox when it comes to original, creator-owned stories?

DIMITRIOS: Blackbox was created to entice the avid comic follower as well as open a new path by interesting those who aren’t your typical comic book fans. The name “Blackbox” was inspired by the Black Box that contain contents that are mysterious to the user. Basically untold stories in our case. In that regard, you can most certainly expect to see more in the future. 

COMIC LOUNGE: What kind of stories would you like to see more in the comic book industry?

DIMITRIOS: You will have to stay tuned to Blackbox to find out!