Each month we’ll be shining the spotlight on a Silverline creator and sharing their secret origin story, learning what makes them tick, and giving you the scoop on how they came up in the comics world.
Up this time is Thomas Florimonte, a comic book artist who has worked for such companies as Marvel, DC, Gallant, Chaos, Malibu, and others…as well as Silverline Comics, of course. Tommy is also a partner in the premiere digital comic printer, Ka-Blam.
Now, without further ado, we present to you…
12 Questions with … Thomas Florimonte!
SILVERLINE: So, who are you and where do you hail from?
Hi! My name is Thomas Florimonte, Jr. Although I never developed that sweet southern accent, I grew up in south Mississippi. I now live in the central Florida area with my wife Rene’. So I guess I’m officially now a Floridian.
SILVERLINE: What would you say it is you do here at Silverline?
Currently, I’m inking the upcoming title Trumps. BUT this isn’t the first Silverline-ish book I’ve worked on. Back in the day, I inked several of the original run on Cat & Mouse and Demon’s Tails. AND have worked with Roland Mann on so many books for Silverline, Malibu Comics and others. I give Roland, along with buddies Steven Butler and Mitch Byrd the credit of helping me break into the comic business and giving me some of my first paying work.
SILVERLINE: Where might Silverline readers have seen your work previously?
I broke into the comic biz way back in the early 90’s. In that 25+ years, I’ve racked up a long list of comic creator credits (writing, penciling, inking, coloring, publisher…) and have worked for just about every major publisher out there: Marvel, Malibu, Chaos!, Acclaim, Gallant Comics (to name a few), working on various titles such as Spiderman and Lady Death to Magnus Robot Fighter & Nightman… I’m still plugging away with my own creator owned projects through INFERNO Studios’ line of Kid Hero comics: Zomboy: Kid Hero, Lil Na’ & SoSo, Vinny: Things that go WOOF in the night… My latest projects include new issues of Mystery Girlz, Zomboy: Kid Hero (INFERNO Studios), Miniature Man (Gallant Comics / Inks) and a new upcoming project titled Trumps (Silverline / Inks). I also co-own and run the very popular comic printing company: Ka-Blam Digital Printing- The one stop print house for all comic creators. And also IndyPlanet– A online print-on-demand comics shop that works directly with Ka-Blam.
SILVERLINE: When you’re not making great Silverline comics, what do you do in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
Other hobbies? Who has spare time? My main time sink is keeping up with the day to day running of Ka-Blam Digital Printing. Oh- Did I not mention that I’m co-owner of the best print-on-demand comic printer in the world? I am, so when I’m not printing other people’s comics, inking the Silverline Trumps comic I’m working on my own creator owned Kid Hero line of comics from INFERNO Studios (www.infernostudios.com): Zomboy, Lil’ Na and SoSo, Mystery Girlz… Did I forget to say that what little time I have left, I spend it all with my wife and friends at the Disney Parks and riding my bike. I try to put in 10-30 miles a week on on my bike. More if I can.
SILVERLINE: Many creators at Silverline have been in the comics industry for years — what’s kept YOU plugging away at comics?
Always loved comics: Read them as a kid. Read them as a teen. Read them in college. Started making comics professionally right out of college. Started a business to print comics for myself and others shortly there after. Still doing it now. Doesn’t feel like a job. In fact, I’ve always said I doing my best not to get a real job.
SILVERLINE: What was the first comic you remember reading that made you think, “Hey, I could do this!”
Never thought that. But my first comics, though I didn’t know they were comics, had to be Sunday strips in newspaper. Loved reading Peanuts and all that stuff when I was younger.. But comics- I fell in love with Spiderman as a kid. Always have and still am. Doesn’t matter what it is- Spiderman and his bunch are my favorite. I read other stuff, both Marvel and DC, but Spiderman… That and Star Wars was what I nerded, before being a nerd was cool, out for. Anything and everything that had the web head or Darth Vader I could get my hands on, was mine. I’m so easy to buy for.
So when it looked like I was going to start making comics, in the back of m mind, my main objective was to work on the Spiderman comics. AND I did.
SILVERLINE: What’s on your playlist? Who/what music do you listen to, and do you listen to it while you work?
Music- NO. I watch TV when working on comics. I learned a long time ago that I could watch TV and work on comics at the same time. Not a problem. I’ve also thrown in Podcasts. And now that I draw and ink everything digitally, I don’t spill ink all over the couch.
SILVERLINE: Who were some of your earliest influences on your art ?
I’m all over the place. I really don’t have one. Everybody I guess. I’ve had the knack of being able to analyze different styles then pick the stuff I wanted to copy. But I’d say, if there’s any one style I’m known for, most everyone likes the clean dynamic lines I get.
SILVERLINE: What was the first comic you ever worked on professionally?
While I worked on a TON of uncredited background work, my first published book was on Scum on the Earth from Aircel Comics (one of Malibu Comics imprints).
SILVERLINE: Can you still read that comic today without wincing?
Better yet. I still have several hundred copies of it in my garage AND also still have some of the original pages.
SILVERLINE: If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of advice that would help them better navigate the comics industry, what would it be?
I think I did pretty well: I got in young. Worked on a ton of books. Met a ton of people. Made just as many friends. Had a great time doing so. Fans liked my work. What more could I ask for? I’m still in the business. I always knew that only a few could be “Super Stars.”
SILVERLINE: After you die, would you rather your memory be memorialized with an overpass or a parking lot?
Die? Who’s doing that? Never going to happen. But… Overpass or Parking lot? Neither. I’d like a INFERNOCoaster. Yeah!!! Make a roller-coaster in my name. I’m going to start working on that now. Fun 🙂