Dale Rawlings is a member of the local comics co-op DC Conspiracy, which regularly sets up at the Small Press Expo. He publishes his own minicomics and contributes in the Conspiracy’s anthology books and Magic Bullet newspaper. Rawlings is currently illustrating a story about the War of 1812 and the Decauter House for the upcoming anthology District Comics.

Washington City Paper: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?

Dale Rawlings: I do minicomics, full-size comics, one-page strips, and soon an online comic strip. too.

WCP: How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?

DR: These days it is definitely a combo of the two. I traditionally use pen and ink. Or more specifically, brushes and ink.Then I scan it in and do some digital manipulation if the piece warrants it. I color my comics on the computer

WCP: When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born? 

DR: I was born in the D.C. area before the Summer of Love got in full swing.


Why are you in Washington now?  What neighborhood or area do you live in? 

DR: I lived in the D.C. area all my life. Currently I reside in Rockville.

WCP: What is your training and/or education in cartooning?

DR: I started to take cartooning classes when I was in junior high. I would do caricatures of certain notoriously bad teachers we had at school and passed them around much to the delight of the students in my class. This put me on a path of anti-social behavior that had me studying fine arts with a focus on Illustration in college after high school. Then I went back several years later and lto learn the various design software and dabbled in computer animation.

WCP: Who are your influences?

DR: When I was younger it was the Bronze Age artists like Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Gene Colan, and George Perez. In my twenties, I was influenced in some slight way by everything I read, watched, or listened to that moved me. Nowadays it  is Alan Moore, Daniel Clowes, J.K.Williams III, Brian Bolland, and Darwyn Cooke to name a few off the top of my head.

WCP: If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?

DR: I would have kept in better contact with some of the connections I made. Networking was not a skill I focused on when I was starting out.

WCP: What work are you best-known for? 

DR: Depends on the book actually. For some it’s Down and Out On Planet Earth or Skidoo. To the gross out/ sick humor crowd, its Artichoke. To my family, it will always be The Disciplinarian.

WCP: What work are you most proud of? 
DR: Down and Out On Planet Earth. Especially the forthcoming fourth issue. And the pages I am doing for the District Comics anthology are pretty damn sweet too. 

WCP: What would you like to do  or work on in the future?

DR: I would love to release all my comics in the future in full color. I would love the opportunity to write or draw a Batman story. Does this admission negate my indie standing now?

WCP: What do you do when you’re in a rut or have writer’s block? 

DR: Try and push through it with a few brainstorming exercises. If those don’t work I will go for a vigorous walk or go workout at the gym. If that still doesn’t work then I recharge the creative battery by reading or watching something.

WCP: What do you think will be the future of your field? 

DR: Definitely online content with downloadable apps eventually replacing monthly periodicals until the technology changes again and we can just beam the content directly into our brains.

WCP: Do you have a website or blog?

DR: I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and have a blog I update occasionally at dalerawlings.blogspot.com