Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Little Heart Interviews: Virginia Paine!

Little Heart is a comic anthology created to show support for marriage equality. We’ve used the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, to raise the bulk of the funds. Due to an overwhelming amount of support, our campaign has been a great success! So thanks to everyone!!

To help promote the project, we are having a series of interviews with the artists involved in the book. If you missed out on the pre-order and you don’t want to miss it, check back at our 2D Cloud site or shoot us an email (2dcloud [at] gmail [dot] com) to get added to our mailing list. 

Virginia Paine, AKA Milkyboots, is one the rad partners behind Sparkplug Books. She’s involved with a lot cool anthologies, involving her own comics work like the Jason T. Miles edited NO ME. Virginia also self-publishes a series of comics and zines as well. Currently, Virginia and the wonderful folks at Sparkplug are engaged in a fundraiser to help them with their 2012 publishing plans. Please check their project out and support them!

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

Virginia Paine: My name is Virginia Paine; I'm from Wisconsin and now live in Portland, Oregon.  I work for Sparkplug Books, an indie publisher (check us out!).  I've been doing comics (mostly autobio) for about 4 years.  I've been slowly moving away from diary comics; lately I like doing fantasy and fantastic realism.  I also sew and do a vegan recipe zine.

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

VA: I have a soft spot for the Midwest and the idea of something like this being produced in an area of the country not often thought of when it comes to progressive politics was exciting to me.  Though honestly, if you spend any time in the Midwest, you know it's not as red as the media would like us to believe!

Why is marriage equality important to you?
VA: I think it's an important facet in the battle for LBGTQ rights.

Are there any non-profit fueled anthologies of note that have sparked your interest in the past?
VA: None that I can think of!

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?

VA: I wasn't sure how to talk about it, since I'm not a person who is very invested in the idea of marriage.  I decided to talk about that while emphasizing that, though I may not personally be totally behind the concept of marriage, I'm not going to say I have a right to take its importance away from anyone else who does believe in it.  I think it is very important, but is not the only thing LBGTQ activism should be concerned with.

Should Little Heart be successfully funded via Kickstarter, do you plan to be in attendance at TCAF for it’s debut?
VA: Nope, I'll be recovering from getting one of my wisdom teeth surgically extracted, haha!  But my Sparkplug partners Emily and Tom will be there.

Finally, what are you working on now (comics or otherwise)? Anything readers can look forward to? 
VA: Right now I'm working on a piece for Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilly's anthology Big Feminist But.  I have a piece coming out in Brad Trip, a Free Comic Book Day anthology being put out by a bunch of Portland small presses.  I also did some art for Jason T. Miles' Nome, which is due out for Stumptown I believe.  In the fall I'll have comics in Elfworld and Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever.  And, I plan on participating in International Fake Journal Month in April! 

Thanks Virginia!!

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