David Sandoval is an accomplished screenwriter who put his money where his mouth was and started his own company, N.A.S Studios with the bounty of his success. He’s a relative newbie on the Indie scene, but has made an impact working with several great artists to produce quality material. He’s definitely one to watch. We chatted recently.
Who are you, where are you from and where do you live now?
David Sandoval, I’m from Burlington Colorado and I currently live in Laredo Tx.
What was the first comic the you read and/or bought?
Spiderman #383 return of the sinister 6. an Erik Larsen cover.
I remember that issue. I’m old… Anyway, what was it that inspired you to create your own comics? Was it a particular comic that you said “eureka! I can do this too!”
HAHA actually no, I’ve been reading comics since I was like 10 or 11 and they have always been a part of my life. I actually went to film school and graduated. I wrote screenplays and sold a few, but it was always writing for someone else. I kept all my original screenplays and one day just decided to expand, I had just started getting back into buying comics and realized I should try and do my own story as a comic. I started a few projects with friends but it all boils down to, If you want it done right you got to do it yourself. So I went and started writing my stories into what I thought was a good format for comics and started looking for artist.
Hey I went to film school too! Except I was a DP who was really a frustrated writer, so I had a similar transition in creating my book. Do you feel that your film background helps you in writing comics?
It does. I wanted to be a director, and I did a few PSA’s and commercials in film school but all my professors kept insisting to move forward with my writing. I started realizing that I loved it after my shorts were getting a lot of attention in class. lol.
Did you form N.A.S Studios right away? And what was the first property that you decided to greenlight? And why that story?
I started N.A.S after I sold a few screenplays and saved up a few bucks to start it. I’ve been at it since October of 2011. The first story I decided to push was Nekros. I wrote it in a day and started looking for artist then. I had a few screenplays I wanted to adapt but figured I should try something new.
How did you go about finding your artists?
I started looking into deviant art, networking FB and looking into all the artist I admired and wished to have on my books. Deviant has actually been very helpful in that area. always looking at new talent and finding old ones.
I know you’ve worked with the talented Stefano Cardoselli. Where did you find him and what did you get him to work on?
I actually found Stef here on FB. I noticed his art in Heavy Metal and accidentally ran into him when I looked up HM on FB…Stefano’s actually involved in a few projects were doing. He’s my main artist for Black Mass, he’s done a few Covers and pinUps for other projects and currently finished a short story for our Dead Moon series. Heart of Stone is our next project in the works which should be done by the end of Feb.
He’s great, I interviewed him and then he did a couple things for me too. The dude is prolific. Let me step back a bit, who would you say are your biggest influences as a writer?
Ed Brubaker and Greg Pak and among influences I feel gave me the most love for writing in this bis. Brubakers writing feels like a movie / screen play with pictures so I can relate so much. His run on Captain America for me was like WOW. issues 1-50 I had to get in the omnibus just to read it all at once. a 10 hour movie. haha Then Greg Paks run on Hulk was amazing. Hulk being my favorite character was giving meaning and purpose not just Smash this and that.
Yeah, that Hulk was really well done. Is there a conscious underlying philosophy to the N.A.S Studios product?
Here at N.A.S I strive in great storytelling and giving people everything I wished and hoped for as a kid. I tell the kind of stories I want to read and the kind of projects most artist are interested in working with.
Now that you’ve been doing this for a few years, what are your thoughts on the indie scene in general? How is it in Texas for instance?
I think the indy scene is actually growing. with some much stuff going on with the big 2 people are actually starting to take notice that there’s more to comics then Marvel and DC. The Indy scene in Texas is a little slow but its getting there. It always helps to have the support of your local shops and cons in the area to help promote. here in TX were starting to get bigger shows and a lot more popular artist are starting to come down for signings and cons so that’s always a plus.
What are your future plans for N.A.S? Expanding the line? Moving into animation?
We have so many things planed for us this yr, were working with artist I never dreamed I would speak to unless I was at a con. But Expanding I would like to say YES. I see 3 of our stories as animation films and 2 for film.
Great. Lastly, where can the fans find your books and contact you?
we have original art, prints and of coarse our books for sale there.
Cool. Thanks for your time.
Andre Owens has been hiding in Los Angeles for over 15 years, a former Director of Photography, he now writes and publishes the cosmic comic, Force Galaxia. He is currently writing and plans to produce a webseries, The Psychedelic Detective. In his free time he enjoys long form television, sushi and a celebration of all things 420. His name’s not Supergreen!
By Andre Owens
“N.A.S Studios Guru David Sandoval, an interview.”