Not only does Turlocker Harold George design and lead the creation of 209 Magazine as Creative Director at the Turlock Journal, but he also oversees the variety of other print and web products that the publication puts out. When he’s not busy with that, George can often be found working on the multiple comics which he draws, like “I Hate My Kids” and “The Show.”
Q: How did you first become interested in drawing?
A: I first became interested in drawing when I was about 6 years old when I saw one of my cousins draw something for me. Since then, I have loved to do it and have found it be somewhat therapeutic at times.
Q: Tell us about your comic "The SHOW."
A: The SHOW, which stands for Super Human Operations Watch, is centered around an agency filled with individuals who are labeled Super Humans as they police their world full of people with unbelievable powers. They are like super cops, policing super bad guys in a world filled with super people. I always get excited about thinking of the possibilities and story arcs. You can find my free web comic, The SHOW at haroldgeorge.com/theshowcomic. I’d love to see what people think about it so far. It’s an ongoing story so there will be more to come. I now am also the illustrator for a web comic called I Hate My Kids found in TheWebcomicFactory.com and written by Tony Digerolamo.
Q: What is your favorite part about graphic design?
A: My favorite thing about graphic design is the ability to create things from scratch. I love doing that.
Q: What do you find most gratifying about creating works of art for people to enjoy?
A: Sharing. Sometimes letting people see what goes on in my mind using images is so cool. I love it when people say “I know what you mean” when they are looking at an image that I created. It makes me feel my job was done.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in Turlock for fun?
A: When you don’t find me at a Starbucks or La Mo, I love to spend some time with my wife and little boy at the park. I also love stopping by Lightly Used Books and seeing if they have any old comics that I can probably pick up, now that the only comic book store that was in town closed down.
Q: What is the last book or TV show that captivated you?
A: I would have to say Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” has been the latest. I like the way he tells a story and the detail he puts on his book.
Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
A: I think I’ve exhausted my surprises, but a few moons ago people had no idea that I spoke Spanish.