Behind the Comic

An article by, Kaila Streichert

This week I sat down and interviewed the multi-talented artist and creator of “Killadelphia”, Brandon “Branny” Mungal. It was a very professional setup over Facetime, on my living room floor, with adequate lighting. I wanted to get behind the comic and discuss, awkwardly, how he got started, his muses, and what keeps him motivated. It was also a test in patience on his end.

K: Hey, so now that it’s taken me over an hour to build up the courage to ask you any questions, what got you into art?

B: Saturday morning cartoons, comic books. Anything that really got my attention.

K: Anything specific?

B: Thundercats, X-Men, Spiderman. Honestly, you could name any cartoon from the 1980’s and I probably watched it.

K: When did you start drawing?

B: Around 1st grade, I think. Anytime I had paper and pencil in my hand.

K: So, were you one of those kids that got into trouble for drawing all over everything?

B: Sometimes. I can definitely recall instances that I would doodle on a test and fail the test itself, but get an A on my drawing.

K: Straight nailin’ that test game then, huh?

B: Absolutely.

K: What goes into your character creation? Obviously, in “Killadelphia”, your protagonists, antagonists, and otherwise, are anthropomorphized and animalistic in nature.

B: I mean, I’ve based characters on pets I’ve had, other people’s pets, I even blend pets and their owners together to create a character. I also create them based on my surroundings and their general vibe. I make a lot of my characters based on people in my life.

K: Are there any comic/graphic novelists or artists you admire?

B: Kevin Smith as a writer. As far as artists, I really admire Peter Chung and Jim Lee as well.

K: What about their work stands out to you?

B: Kevin Smith can make a love story out of anything in a cohesive way. Peter Chung’s work with animation and character design really stand out to me. His different approach to design and proportion made his work attach itself to me at an early age. As far as Jim Lee, his powerful static images reverberate in my brain. His work is very reminiscent of manga and anime, but distinctly his own style.

K: You can definitely see a little manga flavor is some of your work as well.

B: Yeah, I plan on doing a lot more in that style soon.

K: So, you see yourself continuing to create comics after “Killadelphia”?

B: Most definitely! Like I mentioned, I’d like to take a more Japanese approach in respect to the art and formatting in the future.

K: Any ideas in respect to content?

B: Wherever my mind goes, whatever is inspiring me at that moment, will determine the storyline. So, that all depends. I’m also into horror which has influenced “Killadelphia”, but I’d like to do more with that as well. I am already attracted to things that differ from the norm and get extreme or visceral reactions as far as comics go, so I really want to play around with that to a greater degree.

K: So, I am sure I will think of at least a dozen poignant, well thought out questions after this, but for now thank you for your time.

B: Absolutely. Any time.

*Edited for clarity and not at all to make the interviewer sound like she knew what she was doing.

Check out Branny’s work on his Instagram (brannytattoos), and be sure to read his comic “Killadelphia”, which you can purchase here. While you’re at it, buy some of his merch over here as well!

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