In early 1993, in order to add some literal and symbolic distance between his work and home environments, Windsor-Smith rented a small studio space in a town a few miles from his house. He took advantage of the opportunity afforded by the added work space to explore the possibility of employing other people, under his direction, to handle phases of the creative process that he had already mastered.
His first step was to offer to teach his friend and long time fan Alex Bialy, whom he knew to have some rudimentary, self taught capacity at drawing, how to ink comics. Having a dedicated in house inker would allow Windsor-Smith to devote more effort to writing and drawing, the aspects of comics that most interested him at that point. In the course of working on his inking skills in the new studio, Bialy also began to assume responsibilities for production and administrative tasks, further freeing up BWS to devote more time to creative efforts.
This new location and working arrangement was dubbed Windsor-Smith Studio. Since 1993, the Studio has occupied three different spaces, but has continued to serve as the bedrock creative and business entity for handling all BWS projects and publications.
|The early 1990s were a boom time for American comic books, driven by the emergence of several new publishers like Valiant, Malibu and Image, and by a speculation-fueled frenzy that built, in part, on marketing tactics aimed at collectors (as opposed to readers). By chance, this boom provided varied opportunities for BWS to exercise his renewed interest in graphic storytelling, as these new publishers sought him out as a master of the comics art form. In approaching these new projects, Windsor-Smith was eager to focus his energy primarily on honing his writing and graphic storytelling skills.|