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Creator Tyrone Meijer Talks About His Indie Comic  Supernatural Anthology Series “Obscure”

Creator Tyrone Meijer Talks About His Indie Comic Supernatural Anthology Series “Obscure”

I connected with Tyrone Meijer when he submitted his work into the Indie Comics Zone site for a listing. He then reached out to see if I was interested in doing an interview about him and his work. I jumped at the chance — what Tyrone has done is an something to admire. He’s got his supernatural anthology series available in comic book shops around the country, and available from Amazon. I was interested in how he was able to accomplish those two things, and how he got started in comics in general.

INDIE COMICS ZONE:
Tell us a little bit about yourself…

TYRONE MEIJER:
My name is Tyrone Meijer and I am the writer and artist of the supernatural anthology series “Obscure.” I was born and raised in the Netherlands and ever since I was able to hold a pencil I have been drawing. So naturally I ended up going to the local art school and after graduation I was able to make a living creating graphics.

Art from Tyrone Meijer’s “Obscure: Sins Of The Father”
Art from Tyrone Meijer’s “Obscure: Sins Of The Father”

In 2004, I started working as a Graphic Designer at NIKE’s European headquarters located in the Netherlands. From there I moved into management and I was asked by NIKE to move to their World Headquarters located in Beaverton, Oregon in 2015.

Currently I am a 3D Apparel Design manager and lead a brand new team that is working closely with Design to bring their early conceptual work to life in 3D imagery and animation. Very exciting stuff because this is uncharted territory in the apparel industry and the possibilities are endless if you consider future 3D applications.

INDIE COMICS ZONE:
I hear Portland has a fantastic arts scene… explain what it’s like to someone who has never been to Portland before.

TYRONE MEIJER:
Portland is great and if you’ve lived through the ‘90’s it still has this artsy, grungy vibe. There’s a ton of art galleries and comic book shops. Of course it’s home to both Dark Horse comics and Image comics so that’s pretty cool.

Just driving through Portland you’ll see a lot of cool murals and each store will have some funky graphics on display. Atmosphere is pretty laid back and there’s room to be yourself without judgement, which is perfect for creative people.

Portland has a beautiful surrounding area, you’re two hours away from the coast and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. If you need to get away from everyday life.

INDIE COMICS ZONE:
Tell us how you got into comics

TYRONE MEIJER:
My dad and my uncles were into comics, so I was always going through their collections even when I couldn’t read yet.

Growing up in the Netherlands I read a lot of European comic books like the child friendly “Suske & Wiske,” “Tin Tin,” and “Lucky Luke” but also the more adult stuff like “Blueberry,” “Thorgal,” “Druuna,” “Meta Barons,” “The Incal,” “Ranxerox,” “Jazz Maynard” … too many to name.

My favorite comic books as a kid were “Storm” and “The Trigan Empire” by British artist Don Lawrence. My uncle John took me to a signing in a local comic book shop when I was about 9 years old. Where I had a poster signed of Storm & Ember in their classic pose, by the man himself. I guess that’s where I developed my love for the realistic colorful comic book style.

But I also read the American superheroes comics from Marvel and DC and of course the Image comics explosion of the 90’s, I still have all my number 1 issues.

When the “Akira” movie came out in ‘88 and the whole Anime/Manga boom that followed had a tremendous impact on what was possible with storytelling and visuals.

Art from Tyrone Meijer’s “Obscure: Sins Of The Father”
Art from Tyrone Meijer’s “Obscure: Sins Of The Father”

INDIE COMICS ZONE:
You’re a graphic artist by trade… why did you choose comics as a creative outlet? You are obviously multi-talented

TYRONE MEIJER:
As any kid with his nose buried in comics and constantly drawing, I wanted to be a comic book artist early on. Then life happened and other things became a priority but comics were always in the back of my mind.

In my professional career I have always worked with graphics in some sort of fashion, but it was always on a computer. So when I moved to the States in 2015 I decided to go to my first painting workshop and I just loved the feeling of putting a brush to paper. So I started practicing and refining my skills with different kinds of ink, paper, paint and techniques.

INDIE COMICS ZONE:
Tell us a little bit about “The Hole” and how that will fit into “Obscure” — please share a bit about “Obscure” and what is the premise?

TYRONE MEIJER:
I started working on “The Hole” in November of 2019 and published it in July of 2020. It was my first attempt at creating a comic book. It’s four short stories that are leading up to the larger story of “The Hole” that I plan on releasing through Obscure. Again this was my first attempt, it was all painted by hand and some pages are on 20″ by 30″ paper which is ridiculous and takes a lot of time to finish.

Obscure is intended as an anthology, each issue is a self contained story and there’s always a supernatural twist woven into the stories. The first issue “Sins Of The Father” revolves around Michael who had a traumatic youth and grows up to be a small-time criminal doing drugs and hanging around with the wrong crowd. Eventually his past catches up to him and well I don’t want to give away the ending, buy the book.

Art from Tyrone Meijer’s “Obscure: Sins Of The Father”
Art from Tyrone Meijer’s “Obscure: Sins Of The Father”

INDIE COMICS ZONE:
Is “Obscure” going to be an ongoing series or a limited story with a defined ending?

TYRONE MEIJER:
Obscure is an ongoing anthology series influenced by the great anthologies like “Heavy Metal,” “2000AD,” “1984,” “Tales From The Crypt,” etc. I remember reading those stories and just being blown away by the amazing art. I want to reintroduce that vibe of dark storytelling and artwork to a new generation of readers.

INDIE COMICS ZONE:
What has been the hardest part for you in creating “Obscure?”

TYRONE MEIJER:
Maintaining a good work and life balance while trying to stay on schedule where I can regularly post new work on social media and work towards a publishing date. There’s nobody forcing me to do this, so I have to make time to work on “Obscure“ and deliver an end product.

INDIE COMICS ZONE:
Do you have partners that you’d like to tell us about (colorists, editors, etc)?

TYRONE MEIJER:
Nope, it’s a one man operation. I do want to give a big shout out to Steve Lieber, a fellow Portlander, and Jim Rugg who have been giving me advice on my artwork, storytelling and the comic book industry.

INDIE COMICS ZONE:
You’re using Amazon Print On Demand for your physical book and e-edition. What has that been like for you? Is Amazon easy to work with?

TYRONE MEIJER:
The first time I tried this was with “The Hole” and now again with “Obscure” #1. It makes your book available to a wide audience in both print or e-book. You don’t have to store a large amount of physical copies at home and mail them, Amazon takes care of all of this for you. Amazon acquired Comixology recently so whenever the e-book is purchased it’s also visible in your Comixology account.

Getting the actual book uploaded correctly to Amazon takes some trial and error but they have a lot of tutorials and a helpdesk.

INDIE COMICS ZONE:
Tell us where fans can meet you in person — any conventions, comic book shops? Tell us if your title is available in any local Portland area comic book shops.

TYRONE MEIJER:
No convention dates at this time but both “The Hole” and ”Obscure: Sins Of The Father” are available through Amazon.

Obscure #1 is available in these comic book shops:

If you own a comic book shop and you’re interested in selling it in your store, you can reach me at studiot030@gmail.com and check out more work via my Linktree. Follow me on all the known social media platforms @tyronemeijerart. Currently working on Obscure #2 and I post new pages every week.

Thanks for creating this platform for indie artists to reach a wider audience!

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