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William Butler Profile

William Butler is a comic artist and illustrator who is currently doing commission work for us on our Patreon. If you would like to see his full works you can back us for $1 a month here. If you would like to commission William you can contact him via email (wbutler1986@hotmail.com)

Tell us a bit about yourself

I attended animation school- my aim was to create movement as well as style, though I must admit I found the process difficult (it wasn’t just me a lot of others felt they emphasised pen pushing over creativity and felt let down by the system).

In 2002 I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism that I believe has helped shape my creativity- when I was young I would absorb a lot of ideas through TV and comics, noting down ideas on scraps of paper and my exercise books.

What are your influences?

My main influences are Herge’s Tintin (the ‘straight line’ style he perfected), I first learnt to draw extreme muscle anatomy and comedic styles from the Beano and the Dandy and of course i used to read (and trace) from Marvel, DC and manga (though i prefer the pulp heroes)

What attracted you to working on Reynard City?

i’m more of a cat person really, but Reynard City seemed to offer a lot more than just the typical hero/villain plot (the characters aren’t too flashy or jingoistic). i was introduced to it at London Comic Con by Dan Butcher of Vanguard.

 

How did you find out about Reynard City?

My creativity has suffered a bit since I had to take on the responsibility of being my fathers carer from 2010 onwards. I’ve had to draw in what ever time I can get when i’m out and about (either in cafes, at work as a volunteer or at charity clubs).

I’ve only just started going to an art class in Guildford so when i was offered to submit my work style to Reynard City, i thought ‘What have i got to lose?’

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Hell if i know! I mean who else has my complexion or character? (Don’t know who is the main fashion these days) but if a bio film was done of my life, i’d want it to be honest and engaging!

(A bit like Attenborough’s portrayal of Charlie Chaplin- Editor’s note: If you’re a fan of Robert Downey Jr I heartily recommend Chaplin, he’s fantastic in it)

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

As of this year & 2017, I’ve yet to get my life back on track (acquiring my new flat & trying to combat my lack of exercise/over eating issues). But from 2017/2018, in 5 years’ time I hope to have produced my own comic book series, acquire my own stand at comic con and if possible have a stab at the comics industry!

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A guide to Flint TV

AKA “What does a man in the music industry do after it goes t**s up?”

 

Flint TV are Reynard City’s newest sponsors. We caught up with founder Andrew Flintham to find out more about how his online advertising company came about and how he feels the world of media is changing…

You started off in the music industry. How did you break into the industry?

I was 17 years old when I first got involved in the music industry. I was in a serious motorbike accident and couldn’t move anything but my arms so my Mum got me a guitar just to shut me up!

I started getting involved in local bands and holiday camps while at the same doing a job in the meat industry. When that packed up I went to London. People soon realised I knew my way around the studio and it went from there!

 

How do you feel the music industry has changed?

I would say there is nothing much that is genuinely new- the technical standard in terms of playing and production is very high but this has tended to lead to a more bland style of music. Furthermore due to the lack of physical record sales more creative talent is leaving the industry with only a few people at the top of the tree making any real money.

 

What do you think could be done to change the music industry to counter this?

Not a lot! Piracy is endemic and music has become a wallpaper commodity. There are not enough differences in music due to digital recording. While Radio 2 and some bands such as the White Stripes try to push more authenticity there is not enough of that about.

 

Do you think this is why we are seeing more folk style bands such as Mumford and Sons as people seek to hear a more “authentic” sound?

Acts like Mumford and Sons are competent performers but they are what I would call “upper class twits!”

This is something that has happened in the industry- R and B started gritty but has since become a lot more slick.

 

After the music industry you went into acting and it was from there you began to develop the Flint TV concept. What is your opinion on modern advertising?

At the moment there are too many ways to advertise. It was a lot easier when there were only four channels and a few magazines as there was more potential grab for the advertiser.

Where do you see the future of advertising?

I believe the future of advertising is online which is why I set up Flint TV. While fewer people are reading papers or watching TV they are looking up more content online. However it’s not enough to have a listing- people need   something more!

And this is why you came up with Flint TV.

It came about because I am with Equity and people would often use me to present advertising for them (mainly because they were shy about appearing on camera themselves!)

We often get people telling us advertising “doesn’t work”. We work with them and look at ways of improving their advertising as well as our working filming the advert.

There was a time when ads would cost £350,000 to get on local TV. Nowadays you can get a professionally made online advert with a similar potential reach for £750!

How does the process work?

We talk with the client and plan out what they want. They pay a deposit and we spend around 3 to 4 hours filming. We then talk with the client and tweak it as necessary.

Typically a video will take 30 seconds or up to 2 mins depending on what the client wants. It then goes live on the site and we then help them get it on their website and various social media channels as well.

We have got some excellent testimonials from local people who have been very happy with our service!

What are your plans for the future of Flint TV?

We see Flint TV as a new kind of media platform. It is hard to pin down exactly what will happen as our ideas are evolving all the time. What I can tell you is there are some exciting developments to come, so watch this space!

If you are looking to promote your business, Kickstarter campaign or commission page via Youtube you can contact Andrew Flintham via www.flinttv.co.uk. If you want a promo interview with us (amongst other things) go to our Advertise page to find out about our sponsor packages.