Delta professor Wrights his way into graphic novel industry

By Jessica Sierocki, co-editor-in-chief.

Every teacher at Delta College has their own special something outside of the classroom that makes them unique. For English professor Greg Wright, comic books is more than just a hobby; it’s a part time job.

Wright has been writing scripts for his own graphic novels since 2014 and travels around the country to different Comic Cons to showcase his work.

“It’s something I care a lot about and always have, but it’s only been the past couple of years that I wanted to write comic book scripts,” says Wright.

Writing has always been an interest to Wright. He graduated Michigan State in 2007 with a P.h.D in Contemporary American Literature and Film and applied his expertise to the art of comic book scripts. Ever since he could remember, Wright wanted comic books to have a bigger role in his future.

“One of my first memories is writing and drawing. I was always creating stories as a kid. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a cartoonist or a novelist or a graphic designer so I would endlessly fill up notebooks with ideas that I don’t even use now. But it was fun and I think it helped build up skills and comfort with dealing with fictional characters in a fictional world,” says Wright.

“Wild Bullets” was the first graphic novel of Wright’s that was published in 2015. Shortly after, he started working with various artists to expand his collection by publishing “Holliston” and “Monstrous.”

New editions of his original works are coming out throughout the year.  Wright is also excited because 2018 also holds the release of a new series called “Last Monster Standing.”

“It’s basically just giant monsters invade Tokyo and then they get their own reality show,” says Wright.

Working as a teacher full time and pursuing his dreams is not always easy to juggle, but Wright says it is important to find a balance.

“It’s a lot of hustle, it’s a lot of time, and I try to being doing a little bit of everything all the time. Teaching always comes first because I would never want to shortchange students so if I get spare time after gading assignments I am usually writing,” says Wright.

“I try to get out there and meet a lot of people and I think I’ve gotten really good at it. Being able to talk to people and show them what stories I’ve got. It’s really cool to meet strangers and see them get excited about what I’m working on,” says Wright.

Wright encourages anyone who has a dream to work their hardest to achieve their goals.

“Put in the time, put in the effort and make your idea a thing. If you have an idea on paper, it’s something people will be able to respond to. Make it happen in as many steps as you can. Work toward it and make it happen. There’s no time like the present. It’s a lot of work but I think the rewards can be worth it,” says Wright.

To check out Wright’s comics, visit his website at www.gregwrightcomicbooks.com, follow him on Twitter at @GregWrightBooks and Facebook @GregWrightComicBooks.

 

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