‘Mid-Life Crisis’ Takes Artist Andy Seabert Down New Career Path

Aug 01, 2018
Courtesy of: Andy Seabert

What many of Andy Seabert’s customers at Gemini Jewelry Designs in Surf City don’t know is he is also a published comic book artist who currently uses the store’s downtime to work on his third professional comic. With partner Buddy Scalera, Seabert, 43, of Lawrenceville, has released the first two issues of Mid-Life Crisis, an up-and-coming comic book series. Although targeted at an older crowd, the wit and generally relatable storyline have potential to appeal to a much wider audience.

The series’ protagonist is an aging superhero named Crisis who, despite a comfortable job and great interpersonal relationships, finds himself unhappy with his life. According to Seabert, “Like many people, he’s questioning some of his choices that he’s made to this point. In Crisis’s case, those questions revolve around him still being a mostly unknown hero even though he’s been at it for decades.” Despite the more fantastical situations Crisis finds himself in – fighting villains, for example – the underlying dilemma the hero faces is bound to resonate with many readers.

For Seabert, drawing always has been an outlet. The process of “going from a written idea or a loose sketch, to a finished product (yields) a great feeling of accomplishment, because of the problem solving and technique that go into making it happen.” Drawing influence from various artists specializing in comics, animation and illustration, as well as from architecture, technology and nature, Seabert’s comics have a traditional, yet modern comic book feel.

A combination of raw talent and excitement prompted Seabert to pursue the field formally. He obtained an associate’s degree in graphic design and a dual bachelor’s degree in art and education from Rider University. Since 2005, Seabert has taught art at Trenton Central High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Campus in Trenton. As an art teacher, he often found himself talking comics and animation in his classes, where he convinced himself he “should not just be teaching comics, but also creating them.” After compiling a portfolio of work, Seabert began showing them around at comic conventions “to get feedback and suggestions on how to get into drawing comics professionally.” This led to what could be considered his big break into the professional comic world.

Seabert met Buddy Scalera, best known for his work on Marvel’s Deadpool, at New York Comicon at a panel called “Creator Connections.” This panel was aimed at helping indie writers and artists network in order to begin creating their own books. It was here that Seabert shared his portfolio with Scalera, who was immediately intrigued. From this conversation and the many to follow, the “Mid-Life Crisis” comic series was born.

As co-creator of the books, Seabert’s main responsibilities include designing the look of the characters, alongside Scalera, and developing the settings in the series. In the case of the “Mid-Life Crisis” series, Seabert begins drawing, either with pencil or with Adobe Photoshop, after Scalera has written the script. Then Scalera, or another artist, inks over the initial drawings. Finally, a third artist, known as a colorist, adds color through Photoshop while Seabert develops the lettering. The comic is complete when both Seabert and Scalera have reviewed the piece; the book is then sent to print. In issues one and two, Seabert did all the lettering and drawing as well as inking the cover and some interior pages of issue two. Currently he is “in the process of penciling and inking issue three,” he said.

For additional information and art, follow Andrew Seabert on Twitter and Instagram @andyseabert, or visit andyseabert.com. Hard copies of the comics can also be purchased at Gemini Jewelry in Surf City.

— Morgan Turner

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