Sean Dempsey’s Unconventional Spiral

Sean Dempsey graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art. His independent comics focus on curiosity and adventure through traveling or misfit characters. Whether in a comic, illustration, or cartoon, Sean’s stories embrace a balance of innocent and cynical protagonists. He hopes to create diverse, relatable characters that the audience can witness their inner growth, discovery, and individuality.

Mikayla Walton: What inspired you to start this publication?

Sean Dempsey: I’ve always loved drawing and telling stories, so making comics was a perfect fit for me. When I was in school I learned about mini-comics and zines and realized I didn’t have to wait to be asked to make comics, I could just MAKE them. So I started making comics and haven’t stopped since.

Mikayla Walton: Who are your artistic influences?

Sean Dempsey: I try to find artistic influence in a wide variety of media. Comics are definitely my most integral pool of influence, including artists such as Brian Ralph. I’m also heavily influenced by animated works, especially those from Studio 4°C. My influences can also be found in fine artists, such as Egon Schiele, and authors, like Flannery O’Connor.

Mikayla Walton: What is a fun fact about this journal that you would like us to know?

Sean Dempsey: My most frequently drawn character is myself! For a while I drew a daily journal comic. It ran for over 3 years, that’s over 1000 pages of comics!

Mikayla Walton: Is there anything you would like your audience to keep in mind as they view your work?

Sean Dempsey: When I make comics I keep in mind the audience’s reading experience. The materials I construct books out of, the format and binding, and how the readers flip through it are all a part of that. I want the audience reading a story that takes place in a rugged jungle to feel a rough crude book cover. I want the reader to flip pages in an unconventional spiral while the narrative of the story spins out of control.

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