I love drawing, and love comics. I believe the sequential medium is one of the highest forms of expression.
Born in New Orleans, raised in Mississippi I have studied art and drawing all my life. My start in comics began with a free gift. A neighbor was getting rid of all their comics and somehow my father got them. My father was not a comics reader, so how this transaction went down I have no clue. (I should ask) The box had an interesting assortment of comics. The two companies that dominated this box was EC comics and Archie comics. That's right, EC horror and War comics and Archie. In fact I think one of them was actually named "War". I was reading Betty and Veronica chancing after Archie and then a satanic rabbit eating children because they liked chocolate rabbits for Easter.
I believe this contrast in styles and themes gave me a dynamic introduction to comics. This dynamic and the love of telling stories with drawing made a perfect match. As a kid one of my favorite past times (stuck in a school desk) was to draw two hills on either end of the paper. Then the stick people battle begins. By the end of this story the paper is filled with rockets and dead stick people. It was a tragic battle but the good guys won, sometimes.