Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Winter 2019 39 "Klaus Janson's was like boot camp for comic book artists. Half of the class dropped out," said Read, whose own penciling and inking occurs in his Raleigh studio apart- ment atop an art table retired long ago from its tenure at a daily newspaper. "ese days, a lot of artists are working solely digital. I draw them here in pencil and then ink them," he said of the process ahead of scanning and coloring on the computer himself. If you think some of Read's characters appear to resemble him, you're not alone. "It's not intentional," said Read, noting that Janson made a similar observation. "He said, 'You use yourself as a reference, don't you?' It happens. It's not a conscious decision." Of course, Read, as is the case with many artists, has his hand in more than one endeavor, designing advertisements for a coupon mailer by day and executing covers and original cartoons for the metro 27587 Magazine by night. Some of his magazine covers include a one illustrating a story titled "New Dawn for Downtowns" with two-passenger drones hovering over a futuristic downtown Wake Forest and another with illustrated characters positioned in various poses on large letters for a story titled "HIP Around N.C." "e 'Hip' cover was kind of fun to do," he said. "ey all have their own unique challenges." And his back-of-the-book comic strips often take themes from not one but several of the magazine issue's story lines. "I find ways to connect them in an interesting way," he said. His creative side emerged at an early age while growing up in suburban New Jersey, where during his teenage years he studied in his free time at the famed Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, N.J. (Founder Joe Kubert was best known for his work on the DC Comics characters Sgt. Rock and Hawkman.) ere, one of his instructors was Fernando Ruiz, noted for drawing Archie Comics. In 2014, Read unveiled his first comic book creation, "Realm of the Mage," a classic fantasy coming of age story. "e challenge was doing every step of it myself," he said. "Normally, there's an entire team working … from concept to story to artwork to produc- tion to get it ready for printing." His other creative pursuits include work as a drummer in a British-influenced rock band and spending time practicing the guitar and piano. Occasionally, he has found time for comicons in New York and North Caro- lina, where he has a message for young budding artists. "Just never stop doing it if you enjoy it," he said. "I've always drawn as a kid. I never stopped drawing." A selection of images from various installments of Read's "Chronicles of Wake Forest" feature, which appears regularly in this magazine. The current entry can be found on Page 82. ARTWORK COURTESY OF PHILIP M. READ JR. Opposite and above are a page and the cover from Philip M. Read Jr.'s "Realm of the Mage," a fantasy coming of age story, available at indyplanet.us/realm-of-the-mage-1/. "Stories are my motivation for drawing," he said.

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