Spina seems to be a creator who desires to learn through experience, and as such, his work is considerably varied, both in terms of the content of his comics and the tools with which he creates them. Whilst Sharker, Spinadoodles: The First Year, Hoodle Origins and Fresh to Death may have little in common, they are united by a sense of creative excitement and the desire to move forward as a cartoonist.
As is obvious, ludicrousness lies at the heart of this comic, and Spina really goes wild, smashing together the farcical concept with purposely mundane dialogue for comic effect. It’s also worth nothing that the comic comes with the equivalent of a CD’s hidden track: a tiny bonus comic inserted into the inside back cover, which is pretty neat. Also there’s a lobster character named “Sergeant Bisk”, which is a reason to buy a comic if ever I’ve heard one.
Ultimately, every cartoonist starts out wanting to make comics because they've been inspired by someone else. The only person above this was the pioneer who first smeared their own faeces on a cave wall to chronicle having saber-toothed tiger for dinner. Spina is the kind of guy who is into getting his hands dirty, taking inspiration from his favourite creators on the way to forging his own style. I highly recommend heading over to his blog, where you'll be able to see some genuinely awesome illustrations (I really enjoy his work with colour) as well as up-to-date diary entries and to buy some of his work.
- Get your own Spinacomics at Sam Spina's blog