Start early and often.
At 6 rather than lemonade, I sold drawings from a box beside the curb. In grade 7 I was selling art for the cover pages of my fellow students presentations making money for gravy with my ill-gotten fries! [it's a long story]. I drew often and early.
I had lots of other notions about what to “be”, at one time I thought maybe a forger! How fun! But in time, I got sucked into drawing comics. In the end they won.
I started publishing zines through the 80′s, and by the early 90′s was working professionally as a comic artist at Marvel drawing Night Breed, Saint Sinner, and assorted 2099 tittles. While it’s been bumpy at times, i’ve been lucky. In the 20 years since then i’ve spent much of my time drawing both commercial, and creator owned or underground comix.
Nominated “Best Emerging Talent” for the 2005 Doug Wright Awards for my personal anthology project RevolveR, in 2007 I drew Therefore Repent! with collaborator Jim Monroe, and have work in the Eisner winning anthologies Comic Book Tattoo, Popgun 4, and in Awesome 2: Awesomer. And my longest solo work to date, Dream Life, has earned me a nomination for Outstanding Web Comics Creator in the 2011 Joe Shuster Awards.
In my spare stolen moments I founded and publish the comics news metablog Sequential.
Salgood Sam is I, is Max Douglas. Backwards. And while I still tend to be a bit of a science fanboy, and avid consumer of knowledge and news, I no longer know what I would do without art.
You will find me drawing at my desk most days, in a comfy old chair, laptop close by.