We love and create comic books—we also understand how hard it is to make them. That’s why we began the Draw Drink’n Podcast in 2019. First, to encourage one another on our own projects as we drank and drew. Then, to speak with industry professionals and draw inspiration from their journey and process. Before we knew it, people watched our weekly deep-dive conversations for their own motivation and enjoyment. It’s tough and lonely work crafting one-shot passion projects, creating independent titles, or pursuing a career with major publishers—but you’re not alone.
After art school, Phil worked in the entertainment distribution field but never stopped making comics for clients, brands, and himself. He currently writes and draws a few comic books, Leaf and Horror Island. He also serves as a marketing consultant on Evil Monkey Man and other Monarch Comics titles.
On top of being a smart genre writer, Phil is a traditional pencil, pen, and brush artist. Contact him if you are interested in discussing a project, or go to our Commissions page to get a fantastic original piece of art featuring your favorite character.
After art school, Dufner fronted many metal bands leading to his current project, Vetika. He received his MFA in 2015 in photography and now teaches drawing and photography for the Los Angeles Film School.
But Dufner is a comic book guy through and through. He recently revived his long-running comic, United Forces, with years of great stories lined-up. He also is the colorist on Phil Avelli’s Leaf.
If that wasn’t enough, he produces the ongoing puppet sketch comedy show Sock You!
Following SVA, Alex spent a decade as a journeyman penciller for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image. In the new millennia, Alex entered the world of design. Here he put public faces to organizations, worked for multi-national corporations, and brought consumer products to market for the likes of Ralph Lauren Fragrances.
Through all of it, Alex developed and honed a passion for what he feels is the pinnacle in human communication—storytelling. By distilling his passion for comic books and graphic design, Alex had ventured into the literary world as a copywriter and novelist.