Review Fix Exclusive: Cory Andre Byrd Talks Tooth & Nail and More

Review Fix chats with Tooth & Nail creator Cory Andre Byrd, who discusses the series and his origin and goals in the industry.

Review Fix: How did you know a career in comics was for you? 

Cory Andre Byrd: When I was a kid I would draw my own characters, i.e. Lightning Sword, The Constellations.  I turned my living room into my own personal stage and acted out scenarios with these characters.  As a teen I evolved into reading Image and Marvel comics and drawing the poses I liked best from those books.  The art work and stories inspired me to create my own comic.

Review Fix: Who inspires you creatively?

Byrd: Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane and Joe Maduaria were my biggest influences.  Later in life I began watching a lot of anime and reading manga (Naruto, Rurouni Kenshin, Fullmetal Alchemist). My biggest influence is my late father, who encouraged me as I created my own comics.

Review Fix: How are your comics different or special?

Byrd: Byrd’s Eye View Comics is different/special because I kept the traditional style of drawing.  Not only is it organic, as an artist it brings me a sense of joy every time I see it.  I am not looking to transition to digital digital art at this time.
Review Fix: What about this comic? Sell us. Sell us hard.

Byrd: Tooth and Nail is an action packed comic that centers around four anthropomorphic cats who are fighting to maintain a divided world.  It is a hand-drawn, manga inspired epic that includes an entire world of animals who are working on both sides to gain either peace or domination.

Review Fix: What else inspired this comic?

Byrd: Video games such as Metal Gear Solid, TMNT: The Arcade Game, & TMNT: Turtles in Time.  They represent teams working together to fight evil.  Even as a team, the characters have individual personalities and abilities. 
Review Fix: Who do you think will dig it the most? 

Byrd: Generation Y/Millenials.

Review Fix: How do you want your books to be remembered?

Byrd: I would like the art work to stand out most in people’s minds.  I would be elated if people remembered my story the way they know the classic lore of Batman or Naruto.

Review Fix: What are your long-term goals for your work?

Byrd: To complete the three act arc of Tooth & Nail, with room to expand the world at a later date. 

Review Fix: What do you feel you need to do that you haven’t yet, in order to make this comic as successful as you want it to be?

Byrd: Expand my readership to other parts of the U.S.  I’ll need to network, attend more conventions, and meet other creators.

Review Fix: Anything else you’d like to add?

Byrd: When I’m done with Tooth & Nail, I would like to revisit an old comic I had created 20 years ago called The Shadow Knight.  That project has always been on the back burner on mind.

Review Fix: What’s next?

Byrd: Continue drawing and creating.  It would be great to get Tooth & Nail made into an animated series and/or video game.

Review Fix: Where can people find out more?

Tooth and Nail comic on Facebook
Instagram: byrdseyeviewofficial

Review Fix: How else can people support you?

Byrd: Spread the word, buy the books at the comic book stores (buy local!), provide feedback – honesty helps make better art work!

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