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Meet Tom Dell’Aringa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tom Dell’Aringa.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a lifelong comics, art and story lover. When I was learning to read, I’d sit with my mom and read “Snoopy and the Red Baron” out loud. Comics made me want to read, so I would read them whenever I could.

In elementary school, every time the opportunity came to order books from the book club, I’d order the latest Peanuts collection. I read the comics in the newspaper every day. At some point, I found superhero comics and indie comics like Bone and Cerebus the Aardvark. There’s something about the combination of a good story and wonderful art that’s magic.

I drew all the time, and when I ran out of paper, I would draw inside the fronts of book covers (this didn’t go over too well with my mom). But it wasn’t just the art, I also fell in love with stories. I really loved watching shows like Dr. Who, Thunderbirds, Land of the Lost, Captain Harlock, Star Blazers, and Speed Racer.

Art got lost for me as an adult when I graduated college, got a job and had a family. When I reached my 40’s, I really got the urge to start creating things again. Since I loved comics so much, I began my first comic called “Marooned – A Space Opera in the Wrong Key!” which ran for five years from 2007 to 2013. I successfully Kickstarted Marooned and self-published it. In 2015, I did the same thing with my second graphic novel “Rock & Tin.”

This year, I finished a new comic called “The Flower” that has no dialog. I’m currently working on my next graphic novel called “The Genesis Girl.”

This past holiday season, I started selling my short story “Punch & Candy at Midnight” with all proceeds going to benefit the hungry.

Please tell us about your art.
Since I love to draw and I love storytelling, comics is the thing I love to do most. I work mostly digitally these days, drawing directly on a Yiynova tablet in Photoshop. Sometimes, I will do thumbnail sketches on paper, then scan them as a starting point, but not that often. Digital is just faster.

I decided when I began that if I were going to tell stories, that the stories should have some sort of meaning. While my books are not “preachy” my characters are working through serious issues that we all face in our lives. I hope it might help others to do the same. And of course, I write the stories to be enjoyable and in some cases funny so that hopefully people enjoy books.

My art is more graphic and simplified versus realistic. Think of Adventure Time or Saturday morning cartoons. It seems to work best for my stories and the amount of time I actually have to draw.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I am really looking for a connection with the reader. It’s not about being the “best” artist or drawing the most amazing picture. I want people to feel something when they go into my worlds. I want them to lose themselves in the world I create, and then come out feeling good about it, and feeling maybe they learned something about themselves too.

The biggest thing you need as an artist is perseverance. There are so many roadblocks in the way of success, especially the ones you put in front of yourself. You need discipline and you need to work hard to make things happen.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My main website is at http://www.comicfables.com.

I am most active on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/comicfables/.

I also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tomdellart/.

I announce through those channels when I have work to sell. The best thing that is upcoming is my holiday project for the hungry, Punch & Candy at Midnight. Those books will be on sale starting in November.

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