So there’s this publishing company called Button Mash Productions and they do a comic titled Balls 2 That. It is written and illustrated by Luke McKay and each volume is a compilation of a bunch of different short comics that will definitely make you laugh out loud like from the start. I haven’t gotten around to reading everything they have yet, but I’m excited to get into their stuff. I got a chance to talk with Luke briefly while at RTX 2012 and he shared some information with me and I’ll share it with you guys below:
“I own part of it. Mostly it is owned by Jose Rojas, he runs and manages it on the business end.”
Q: What made the decision for the name?
“Well I wanted to call it Winter Pixel (laughs).”
Q: When did you start drawing?
“I always doodled as a kid in High School, but as an adult it was in 2000 that I bought a sketch book and started drawing regularly.”
Q: What inspires Balls 2 That and the rest of your work?
“I draw pretty much 99% of my inspiration from overheard conversations. That’s why I love making friends online and reading the silly posts they make. So if there’s a quick banter between them I’ll be like that seems like a great comic!”
Q: Do you have anything else in the works?
“Yes I am working on a comic with Eric Doty from XBOX Live. He is writing a series called Steamfunk. Though we’re not sure if it’s going to be serious or just a large graphic novel so we’re working out the writing details right now. We’re also looking for more writers.”
Q: What do you enjoy most about drawing?
“I enjoy just doing something creative and I really enjoy not having to commute. I love working at home, I haven’t done this before and it is great.”
Q: Do you encounter any troubles a lot? Is there anything you wish that you could avoid?
“I never worked in the creative field before. I was a nurse before this, but normally I was just like a factory worker. I never worked with anything creative before so it was a bit of a gear change and I didn’t know a lot about it so I had to do a lot of homework. I had to learn about art, computer programming, photoshop, printing, and learn about comedy too. So if you’re going to do something, then do your homework!”
Luke was a really cool guy to talk with and I’m glad I got a chance to meet with him. Now if you think you’re interested in their work then definitely check out their site. Specifically the Balls 2 That page has a bunch of stuff for you to check out including voice overs of the comics done by the fans of the series. Now if you’re interested in buying Steamfunk or Balls 2 That or other Button Mash Productions work check out their online store.
They have just launched their new website earlier this week. Check it out here http://thebuttonmash.com