Panelist interview: Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell will participate in The Language of Diversity panel. He was interviewed by panel moderator D.K.McCutcheon.

\"\"Why did you become a writer/publisher/teacher?

I became a writer after a trip to Hollywood when I was 9 years old. My mom used to produce corporate videos for Westinghouse. She once took me out there to see the process. I came away wanting to be a writer. I still can\’t explain it.

I became a publisher because I saw a lot of really talented writers and comics artists not getting publishing opportunities. I thought this was my small way of trying to change the industry.

What is the most rewarding part of your work? The most frustrating?

It’s great seeing a new book come into the world. There are so many frustrating parts, I wouldn’t know where to start. Ha!

How do you balance your “writing time” with the rest of your life?

In all honesty, I don’t believe I can ever achieve any sort of balance. I just get in what I can when I can fit it in.

What do you do in your daily life that supports your writing life?

I help produce audio books for the blind.

Can you tell us about your latest publication or most recent project?

I just came out with my first graphic novel with David Brame and Damian Duffy, BAAAAD MUTHAZ. They’re an all-female band of space pirates who double as a James Brown revival band. I am currently working on a graphic novel about a Klan riot that happened in my hometown back in1923 with Bizhan Khodabandeh.

You’re sitting on The Language of Diversity panel at this year’s conference. Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re planning to discuss?

That’s a good question. I\’ll have to think about it.

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