Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Little Heart Interviews: Kate Craig + Emily Carroll!

Little Heart is a comic anthology created to show support for marriage equality. Currently we are engaged in crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, to aid us in funding this awesome comics volume. To help promote the series and the artists involved in the book we are having snapshot/stock interviews revolving around this anthology. For more information, please visit our project page and consider pre-ordering.

Today we get to talk with Kate Craig and Emily Carroll. They’re both super talented and very nice and were kind enough to take part in the Little Heart project as well as this interview. Also, they’ll be getting married in September 2012! An advance congrats to them!

Could you tell us a little about yourself and your general interests as a cartoonist/artist/creative person?

Kate Craig + Emily Carroll: Currently Emily and I are living in Vancouver, with Emily doing freelance illustration work, while I'm working as an environment artist in the game industry. Interest wise, we're both interested in storytelling - her through urban legends and fairy tales, myself through atmosphere and environmental cues.

Was there something in particular that interested you enough to be involved in the comic anthology Little Heart?

KC+ EC: What appealed to me the most about doing a piece for Little Heart was the opportunity to work on something with my girlfriend. Though we live together and are both professional artists, it's rare that we have the chance to collaborate on comics these days. I may do lettering for one of hers and she'll offer pacing advice on mine, but to actually sit down and create something as a unit hasn't happened in some time.   

Why is marriage equality important to you?

KC+EC: If you love someone and you're both up for it, why shouldn't you have the opportunity to marry them?

Are there any non-profit fueled anthologies of note that have sparked your interest in the past?

KC+EC: I can't think of any offhand, but I'm relatively new to comics in some ways, and still learning what's out there.

Could you tell us a bit about your comic, how you approached the project, the tools or medium used in its creation, or what it means to you?
KC+EC: Both Emily and myself are one-shot short comic fans, and auto-bio is an area neither of us work in. It was fun to give an unfamiliar style a shot.

Medium wise, we both work digitally for colour, though Emily's inks are just that - india ink on bristol, plenty of drybrush.

Should Little Heart be successfully funded via Kickstarter, do you plan to be in attendance at TCAF for its debut?

KC+EC: I should be at TCAF this year, but only in an unofficial, skulking-the-floor capacity. Emily, like in 2011, will have a table with the lovely Jen Wang and Vera Brosgol. Those ladies are the best.

Finally, what are you working on now (comics or otherwise)? Anything readers can look forward to?

KC+EC: Any comics and illustrations I do are done after work, to avoid burning out from doing too much 3D during the day. Ultimately, this means I only make one comic a year, posted online during the summer. I'm not a professional comic artist and don't have an ongoing webcomic, so the leisurely, pressure-free pace is nice.

Emily, meanwhile, is working on a book, and so far it looks really awesome. Very grim, paced very much like a series of spoken folk tales. I can't wait to see it finished.

Well, thanks for your time! I am excited to see more comics from both of you (also, love those Journey illustrations on your blog Kate!)

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