Heavy Metal magazine, South American comics, manga… you could say Ed Bickford has a wide variety of artistic influences. He’s the latest installment in my KC Creators series. Read on to find out where he draws his greatest inspiration from.

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Please introduce yourself.

My name is Edwin B. Bickford III, but you can just call me Ed for short. I am an illustrator that graduated from CMSU with a degree in Commercial Art with Emphasis in Illustration.

When did you first become interested in art?

I have always been interested in art. I’ve been drawing since i can remember.

How would you describe your art style?

I wouldn’t know how to describe it. i just do it. It is influenced from the Golden Age of Illustration, Old Heavy Metal Magazines,  European and South American Comic artists, and Anime/Manga.

Fantasy art by Kansas City comic book artist Ed Bickford

When did you begin working professionally in your field?

I designed a mascot for a hobby store in Claremont, NH when I was in high school and did the newspaper ads for the shop.

What projects have you been involved in, and what are you working on now?

I have done illustrations and covers for books and art for comic books. I just finished the last issue of a story arc for a book called The Birdlander and I am now working on finishing up the spinoff from that book called The Troubleshooters and I have started on my next all-ages comic called American Chop Suey.

Science-fiction art by Kansas City artist Ed Bickford

What do you love about creating?

I like to make NEW things. I enjoy the process of drawing and painting.

Where do you find creative inspiration?

I get my inspiration from everywhere. You just have to keep your eyes open. But I get most of my inspiration from my kids. Everytime I draw with my kids–I learn something new about drawing.

Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in your professional life.

The time Gene Ha told me that my character design was good.

What future plans lay ahead for you?

Just to make more comics and illustrations–I would like to get into making picture books for children too.

Fantasy art by Kansas City artist Ed Bickford

How long have you lived in Kansas City, and what’s something you love about living here?

About 20 years. I like the cost of living here in KC. 🙂

Where can someone find more information about your work?