Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Rand Arrington
Washington City Paper: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
Rand Arrington: I'm both a writer and a illustrator. I do mostly independent work much like the Trickster project, except on a smaller scale. Usually my own ideas or things friends have written and have asked that I illustrate for them.
WCP: When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born?
RA: I was born in 1969 in Richlands, Va.
WCP: Why are you in Washington now? What neighborhood or area do you live in?
RA: My home town is pretty small and doesn't offer many choices for a career. So my wife and I decided early on, while we were still dating, that we'd move to the Washington, D.C., area after graduating from college. I currently reside near the Woodbridge area.
WCP: What is your training and/or education in cartooning?
RA: None in cartooning. I graduated with a BA in Fine Art and an AA in Graphic Design so everything that I know about cartooning I've learned on my own.
WCP: Who are your influences?
RA: Wow...that's a tough one. I've always loved the comic medium and I'm sure each of my favorite artists have had some influence one way or another. I dearly love Frank Frazetta and was deeply saddened when I heard of his passing. Other artists would include Al Williamson, Mark Schultz, Andrew Wyeth, NC Wyeth, Howard Pyle, John Byrne, George Perez, Frank Cho, Adam Hughes, John Singer Sargent, and Norman Rockwell just to name a few. They all may have not influenced how I draw but they certainly influenced my love of art and illustration.
WCP: If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?
RA: I'd have probably went to a more commercial art school than fine art and I'd have been more aggressive pursuing a career in comics and illustration.
WCP: What work are you best-known for?
RA: At this point, probably the Darkrider short I did a few years back. But I'm sure that will change to Trickster very soon.
WCP: What work are you most proud of?
RA: To date, Trickster. It was certainly the most involved and the greatest effort that I've had published to date.
WCP: What would you like to do or work on in the future?
RA: I'm most excited about my The Chosen storyline, so I would really like to get that knocked out soon.
WCP: What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block?
RA: I like to have a really intense workout, get the blood pumping. Mowing my massive yard also works. It gives me lots of time to just relax and let the ideas flow
WCP: What do you think will be the future of your field?
RA: I think that with the release of the iPad we well start to see comics delivered in a digital format rather than paper. I'm hoping that comics will eventually be seen as the art form that they are and I think will see more collaborative efforts with comics, video games and cartoons working together to penetrate deeper into pop culture.
WCP: What's your favorite thing about D.C.?
RA: The museums.
WCP: Least favorite?
RA: The traffic.
WCP: What monument or museum do you take most out-of-town guests to?
RA: The Smithsonian.
WCP: Do you have a website or blog?
RA: I'm working on it, but as of now no.