Hello! My name is Nicholas Tamraz. Thank you for being interested to learn more about me. I thought the best way to tell you more about myself is through a Q&A session, so here goes:
Who are you?
I’m just your average guy who’s always had a love for comic books and cartoons. I grew up watching cartoons like Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, Flintstones, The Peanuts, He-Man, Transformers, GI Joe and so much more! I also read so many comic books such as Spiderman, Hulk, Fantastic Four, The Flash and Batman. And let’s not forget Godzilla! As a kid, Godzilla was my absolute favorite! Nothing else came close! Please feel free to read my blog post about how I grew up watching Godzilla movies.
How did you get into drawing?
As a kid, I always loved to draw. I remember I had created a booklet full of drawings of Godzilla, Transformers, GI Joe and superheroes. I used to bring my drawings to school to share with my classmates who would crowd around my desk, admiring my drawings. Of course, this would cause a distraction in class and the teacher would take away my drawings.
As the years passed, my love for drawing led me to major in Art in college, hoping to become a cartoonist for comic books. But in later years as I saw movies like Jurassic Park, I was greatly inspired to get into digital art and animation, hoping someday to become an animator for films, TV or games.
Do you work as cartoonist or animator?
Well, to make a long story short, my dreams of becoming a cartoonist for comic books or an animator for films didn’t turn out the way I expected. For most of my professional career, I worked as a web and graphic designer. Currently, I am working at a university creating videos and animations for online instruction. Creating these instructional videos gives me the opportunity to create various 2D and 3D animations for classes such as biology, mathematics, sociology and engineering. In addition, I create various illustrations and cartoons that I use for the instructional videos. My job is lot of fun and I consider myself so blessed to be working with so many fun projects and wonderful people.
Why did you create Father Gabriel?
Father Gabriel is a character I created because of my love of Orthodox Christianity and my interest in comic books and cartoons. My inspiration for Father Gabriel came from my readings of the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church, such as Saint Nektarios of Aigina, Saint John Maximovitch, Saint Seraphim of Sarov, the Optina Fathers, and many more. After I created Father Gabriel, my intention was to make short animated episodes to be published on my website. But I soon decided to expand on this and so I started focusing more on Father Gabriel web comics, which gave me the opportunity to create stories about Father Gabriel and characters that he encountered.
Will you be creating web comics other than Father Gabriel?
For now, my main focus is to tell stories about Father Gabriel, but I also have other stories I want to tell that don’t involve Father Gabriel. So someday in the future you may see them pop up every now and then. Stay tuned!
On your website you have Web Comics and Comic Strips. What is the difference?
That is a very good question! The definition of Webcomics is simply comics that are published on the web instead of being printed. I have two types of comics on my website, web comics and comic strips, and here is how I define them for my website:
A Web Comic – a comic book or graphic novel published on my website.
A Comic Strip – a very short comic that consist of either just one or a few panels published on my website.
Will you ever publish a printed graphic novel or a book?
Yes! In fact, I am currently in the process of creating a Father Gabriel childrens book. I currently don’t have a timeline as to when or by who it will be published, but stay tuned for for more info in the future.
I have more questions for you. How can I get in touch with you?
The best way to contact me is through email. You may email me by visiting my Contact page. I am also on Facebook, so feel free to contact me there as well.