“I really like writing. I like telling stories.”
Evan Quiring, a quintessential example of a person following their dreams, is a local comic book writer, artist and creator.
He is a passionate artist with an undying zeal to share his stories and thoughts through comics. He started back in the 1990s, doing posters for bands and punk shows. His visit to San Diego Comic-Con (International) in 2001 landed him his first professional job with Alternative Comics.
In the next few years, he started working with his friend living in Washington, D.C. on a book called Mortal Coils. Soon enough, he started playing in bands.
“Bands were a lot more fun in the ’90s. I can write stories about being in a band, interacting with people. I found it therapeutic.”
Writing and drawing comics are of cathartic importance to him.
“You know when you have something that you want to get out of your mind, you have an idea, and you want to execute it? When I get my comics back from the printers, it’s like my idea is a thing now. I get cranky if I don’t work on comics.”
His passion and skill in writing and creating comics has given him moments of glory, whether it’s for his books, an upcoming exhibit or through people praising his work. Having published a number of books to date, he cringed when asked about his favourite one.
“I don’t know how to answer that. I really don’t know. I would say the recent one, Lucia Mystery 3, just because I got it done. But I really like the art in Lucia Mystery 1, because I took my time with it.”
“My drafting table is my favourite part of the house. I’m usually working 'til 2 in the morning here, because that’s the best time to work.”
“If I were allowed only one thing from my home, ‘D’ is the first thing I’d take. Why am I smiling, you can’t see it through the mask?”
The support system
“I think it’s wonderful. I’ve seen him working on his art since he was little. The fact that he’s achieved his goal of putting up the art show is great,” Tina, Evan’s mother (right) says.
“It’s kind of cool that his own little art show is happening,” Dionne, Evan’s girlfriend (left) says.
“If you ever watch this, make sure you have a drink.”
“My mom got this for me for Christmas one time.”
Published in Volume 74, Number 4 of The Uniter (September 26, 2019)