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October 6, 2010

Local comic artist has strip on the Web

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Adams has watched all the old Kung Fu movies and he thought it would be fun to spoof them. He also wanted a team that was unusual.

“I tried to think of the oddest pairing of characters,” Adams said. “He’s a master of martial arts, a walking Kung Fu parody. Tank is a know-it-all, super genius and of course, there is X-5, the smart mouthed robot Tank built.”

He wanted a strong character for his daughters, he said.

“I wanted to show my girls that girls can be strong, smart and self-reliant,” Adams said.

Adams also has worked as a colorist for projects like Blue Water productions Hillary Clinton comic. He also worked on background posters for HBO’s “Entourage” season two, episode nine.

Breaking into the comic business is not easy, Adams said.

“It’s sitting in a chair at one o’clock in the morning making yourself work while the rest of the family is in bed.”

And it all comes down to networking, he said.

“The more people you know, the better,” he said. “You have to go to the conventions, rent a table, bring your product, as many as you can, and you have to be committed.”

“It’s all about the producing,” Adams said. “Fans don’t want a one-book-wonder. Be consistent.”

Adams always has drawn and won a few contests in school, he said. It wasn’t until his early teens that he started reading comic books. The “Silver Surfer” was the first book that impressed him with its artwork and story line.

Stationed in Japan with the Navy, Adams noticed that the Japanese people of all ages read comics.

“It covers all subjects from teen crushes to soccer,” he said. “Everybody reads about it. It doesn’t have the stigma it had here in the states.”

Comics are accepted more now, he said because of all the movies about super heroes and television’s “Big Bang Theory,” he said.

Adams has a few other projects sitting on the shelf, but for now, he will focus on Kung Fu Bean.

A new page of Kung Fu Bean is uploaded each Thursday at http://kungfubean.vipercomics.com/.

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