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Thirty-six questions. Six answers. One random number generator. Welcome to Robot Roulette, where creators roll the virtual dice and answer our questions about their lives, careers, interests and more.
Today we welcome Ross Campbell, creator of Wet Moon, The Abandoned, Water Baby and Shadoweyes. He’s also the artist of Glory, which unfortunately ends with issue #34, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, in addition to other cool stuff. He’s always a good sport when I ask him to do stuff like this.
Now let’s get to it …
8. What five things would you absolutely have to have in your dream home?
Other than the usual stuff like a bed and bathroom and all that, maybe the main thing I’d want is a toilet with sufficient flushing power. Then maybe a mini-gym so I could stop making exercise excuses, a secret escape tunnel and built-in booby traps, a bedroom that somehow blocks outside noise, and this isn’t inside the home but I’ve always wanted to live next to the ocean or a big lake like Lake Ontario where you can’t see the other side.
10. Who is your favorite band/musical performer, and why are they your favorite?
Bella Morte, a goth-rock/synth band from Charlottesville, VA. Their stuff is the best, it’s catchy, memorable, gloomy, a great range of sounds from synths to punky death rock, great lyrics from gloomy gothic angst to horror stuff like werewolves and zombies, and vocalist/co-founder Andy Deane has the best voice and guitarist Tony Lechmanski writes the best riffs and solos. Andy and ex-member/co-founder Gopal Metro are master songwriters who come up with tunes that still get stuck in my head after a ton of listens. Andy Deane’s solo project The Rain Within is also amazing, gotta mention that, and Andy and Gopal also have a side project called Brighter Fires which is also great, they never seem to run out of ideas and they never put out anything I dislike, and they’ve also done a cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” so they’re pretty much unbeatable.
They’re all super nice guys, too, very generous and friendly. I met them in person about 10 years ago and you’d expect your favorite musicians to forget about you but they never have, they always greet me with open arms. They’re awesome.
14. What is your “guilty pleasure”–it can be a comic, a TV show, a food, etc.?
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, I don’t feel bad or embarrassed about anything I like, even stuff that’s badly made or stupid or silly. I like different things for different reasons. But to answer the question, I’ll go with something that most people would probably make fun of me for or scoff at, which is Chronicles Of Riddick. I think everyone hates that but me. I’m also probably the only person who likes Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li.
22. What’s your morning routine like?
It varies, every time I try to set up a concrete schedule I always fail. I go to bed really late, around 4-5am, so I get up between 12:30 and 1:30pm, then I try to get in some push-ups or lift a weight briefly before hopping on the computer, not always in that order. Then when I’m at the computer I get some tea. I don’t eat breakfast every day, but when I do it’s usually a banana. Then after that I’ll sit on the computer for a few hours before actually doing any work, doing emails and responding to friends and fans takes a while, it boggles my mind how much time that stuff takes. I also sometimes get caught up reading blog posts and I lose track of time, so my “morning” can sometimes last up to 5 hours before I actually start my day. Ugh.
25. Do you have any pets and if so, what do you have and what are their names?
I don’t have any pets at my apartment but I consider the cats I grew up with at my parents’ house my pets. We only have one cat at the moment, Gork, our sole survivor from a batch of cats, two of which died just a few months ago, so I still feel compelled to include them when people ask if I have pets. Our other cats were Nano, Ker, Bub and Krog. RIP.
33. Who is your favorite comic character?
Tough question. I don’t think I can pick just one! I’m going to cheat, I have to say it’s a tie between Raphael and Leonardo from the original Mirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I also love Tom Waltz and Brian Lynch’s version of them in IDW’s TMNT, too. I also have to mention Marrow from X-Men but only Marrow done by Joe Kelly and Carlos Pacheco.