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!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Little Heart Interviews: Emma Reynolds!

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.



I first "met" Emma Reynolds online through seeing each others art years ago. Her work and her interests stuck with me when looking for artists to be in Little Heart and as such, I am grateful that she agreed to be in it.  

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

ER: I am a freelance illustrator from Manchester in England. I grew up in Devon in the South West, and moved to Manchester to study Illustration with Animation at Manchester School of Art. I have an inbuilt passion for narrative and storytelling, and enjoy creating characters and producing original and whimsical illustrations. I tend to mix reality with the fantastical to create worlds with a sense of wonder and magic about them, even in the most unexpected places. I like to surprise people with my work, and my illustrations often include a lot of detail, allowing people to continue to discover new things each time they look at them.

I gather my visual research from drawing outside, and visiting museums, libraries and art galleries. I then combine this research and the things that sink in more slowly with my imagination.

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

ER: I've known Raighne from 2D Cloud for years now through the Internet, and I've been a great admirer of his personal work for a long time, as well owning some of the innovative and wonderfully produced comics he's collaborated with and published, so I knew that the book was in good hands. I was really thrilled to be asked to be part of such an exciting project, and I felt really proud that it would be in aid of such an important cause.

Why is marriage equality important to you?

ER: It is one of those issues that, in the time we live in now, I almost can't believe still exists. It does baffle me that there are boundaries stopping what is essentially two humans making a commitment to each other. But unfortunately, it is still a big issue, and we have to do all we can to raise awareness and help fight for this cause.

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

ER: I haven't come across any actually! I would be interested to see how they tackled their project and how successful it was in increasing awareness.



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?

ER: The brief was to capture fragments of intimacy and closeness, and for the work to read genuinely for both children and adults. I didn’t want to use humans for the project, so instead I chose to create a series of anthropomorphic, mostly androgynous characters, all responding to the question ‘What does marriage mean to you?’. I wanted to show that the meaningful moments in relationships transcend gender, that it is simply the relationships and partnerships themselves that are important. The comic pages are captured through the eyes and camera of a dog director, whose own life we glimpse into at the end.

I rendered my comic in pen and ink, using a pilot g-tec-c4, my favourite pen to draw with.

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

ER: I would absolutely love to visit Canada and America, they are next on my list! I will not be able to make it this time, but hopefully next year.

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

ER: I have been working on a series of pieces based on my story 'Reynard, The Fox Detective'! Which will be winging its way to publishers very soon.

Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/emmaillustrate)


Thanks Emma!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Little Heart Interviews: Sam Sharpe!

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 conducting snapshot/stock interviews revolving around this anthology. For more information, please visit our project page and consider pre-ordering. And fair warning, the kickstarter ends this friday!

art by Sam Sharpe

Sam Sharpe is an artist, cartoonist, and film maker. I met this talented guy 2 years ago at MIX. He's an accomplished cartoonist, having twice made the notable comics list in Best American Comics. Currently he is working on the comic book series Viewotron, which you can order online from the excellent folks at Quimby's Bookstore! And as you may have noticed if you read the Ed Choy interview, he collaborated with Ed for a comic in Little Heart!

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

SS: I've been drawing comics from just around the time I could hold a crayon. I vividly remember reading a Spiderman Vs. Electro comic that came free in a box of something-or-other (was is Tide? Quaker Oats?) and just being amazed by it. I knew I wanted to draw comics from then on. I got distracted by filmmaking on college, but eventually came back to ink-on-paper shortly after graduation. I've been at it ever since. 

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

SS: I was asked by Ed Choy if I would be interested in illustrating a comic he wrote, and I've admired his work for several years, so I jumped at the chance. I agreed to draw it before I knew anything about the project. I was happy surprised to find out it was for a cause I cared about. 

Why is marriage equality important to you?

SS: I don't think the government has the right to treat any set of individuals any differently than any other set of individuals. This is a disparity that our generation can, and will, set right. This is one way we can leave our states (and our country) better than when we inherited them.

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

SS: No.

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?
art by Sam Sharpe
SS: My tools are the old-fashioned ones... Bristol, non-photo blue pencil, and ink applied with a Windsor and Newton sable-hair brush. While drawing I tried to imagine Jeff Smith doing his best James Kochalka impression. Ed gave me a very tight layout to work with, Alan Moore style. He did most of the hard work, thinking everything though. My biggest concern was not getting between the reader and the writer. I tried, as best as possible, to be invisible. Which is hard, because I like to show off.

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

SS: I'm at Mocca the weekend before and I can't afford both trips. So, unfortunately, no.

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

SS: I'm hard at work on the second issue of my series Viewotron. Hopefully it will be out this winter. No release date yet. Bug your comic store for issue #1.

Thanks for talking/(er)writing with us Sam and thanks for your contribution to Little Heart!!



Friday, March 9, 2012

Little Heart Interviews: Ed Choy!


Little Heart is a comic anthology created to show support for marriage equality. We are engaged in crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, to aid us in funding this awesome comics volume. Currently we are at 56% of our goal, which is an improvement, but we still have a ways to go! 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. 

art by Sam Sharpe


I first ran into Ed Choy and his work in maybe 2007, as I picked up one of his little zines at an alternative book store -- it was called something like Penis-Heart-Mouth. I don't remember the exact details, but I thought it was charming. Since then, well, a lot has happen. He's won a Xeric for an anthology he edited, had some well received mini's he's published come out and he's got a bunch of new comics and collaborations in the works. But I gotta split for Chicago via megabus so, take it away Ed!

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

I'm a cartoonist and illustrator raised in Princeton, New Jersey, I went to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and I just moved from Chicago to Philadelphia. I make solo and collaborative fiction and non-fiction comics, and I freelance illustration and lettering.

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

I'd worked with you guys, 2D Cloud before and that's been a good relationship, and I'm a big fan of many of the artists involved, such as Michael DeForge, Emily Carroll & Kate Craig, Zak Sally, and my friend Sally Madden.

Why is marriage equality important to you?

Marriage equality is an obvious equal rights issue. Changes in the legal language change perception, and self-perception, of gay people. Though I'm not a big fan of the institution of marriage, it's important for partners to be able to make this choice and have legal rights.

That said, I wish the national conversation about gayness was not narrowly focused on gay marriage, bullying, and gays in the military. I think of the tunnel vision focus on them as a palliative, leading us away from talking about deeper and vastly more harmful institutionalized prejudices in the US, particularly facing queer and trans* people of color, and all people of color.

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

Yeah-- mine -- 'Ghost Comics,' which I edited, appear in, and published with a Xeric grant. On sale for $5.

Outside of grants and similar support, I think anthologies are too costly to produce for many of them to be non-profit enterprises.


art by Sam Sharpe




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?

"Roosterlegs" tells the story of R., a young trans*/genderqueer kid and their journey at the library.
I wrote it in loose layout form at size, thinking originally that I would draw it, and then when I realized I'd rather collaborate on it I hit up Sam Sharpe due to Corinne Mucha's suggestion. I'd admired Sam's work for awhile and thought he liked all the right cartoonists, so it made sense to me. It was my first completed collaboration and I'm really happy to see it drawn. Sam slings ink like a wizard and breathed life into R. and their world in a way that I couldn't.

I often feel like the central drama of my life is a fight against binaries -- a difficulty within myself, coming from the culture we live in, that has trouble reconciling the fluid, multifaceted, messy nature of myself and the world. Reading has always changed my point of view more than anything else. So when R. goes looking for answers, they look for them at the library-- which is based on the West Windsor Public Library in my hometown.

The book R. finds is based off Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity by Bruce Bagemihl, PhD, which I recommend reading on Google Books. 


http://books.google.com/books/about/Biological_exuberance.html?id=5CbRGV8AAIQC

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

Yes, I'll be at the 2D Cloud table with you guys and Jeremy Sorese.

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

I'm coming out with a 24-page Risograph printed comic called 'Ed Choy Draws James Joyce,' including adaptations from Joyce's stories, debuting at MoCCA and TCAF. I have a couple graphic novels written in draft form, one solo, one a collaboration with Reynold Kissling. I'm also working on a secret project for Frank Santoro's cartooning correspondence course.

Thanks for being a part of the project and for doing this interview!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rough Draft Art Show @ Tarnish & Gold Tomorrow!


Matt Wells AKA Lizardman and Chuck U will be having their work up in NE MPLS at Tarnish & Gold freaking TOMORROW! Check it out already 'kay??!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Little Heart Interviews: Maurice Vellekoop!

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. Currently we are at 48% of our goal, with 8 days and counting we still have quite a bit of work ahead of us! 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.


In addition to being a major talent, Maurice Vellekoop also happens to be a major charmer! For the Little Heart kickstarter, Vellekoop is offering up his original pages for his contribution to the book as well as himself for a one on one date/conversation with the artist. These opportunities are very limited, so hop on it already!

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

Maurice Vellekoop: I am a 47 year old Canadian artist whose bf of 10 years has finally moved in after a long renovation of my Toronto Island home. I'm interested in large swaths of culture both high and low. A typical week might include catching up on the latest episode of The Bold and the Beautiful or American Idol, attending a rigorous modern opera like Saariaho's "L'amour de Loin" or viewing "Now, Voyager" on TCM for the zillionth time.

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

MV: I sat beside the guys from 2d cloud at TCAF several years ago and was charmed! When they asked me to participate, I said yes in a flash!

3): Why is marriage equality important to you?

MV: Whilst I myself am not thrilled by the idea of marriage, I do believe it is a human right every person must have. Gay people are humans!

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

MV: Err.... Sorry, next question?

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?
MV: I decided to do a comic-umentary for the anthology in which I interviewed various friends, common law, married and divorcing, to give a Canadian perspective on the subject. (Same sex marriage is legal up here.) After gathering and editing my material I rendered the art by tracing the sketches onto watercolour paper, then painting in some tone with ink. No darn computer for me, nope!

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

MV: I will definitely be at TCAF with Koyama Press, the publisher of my recent (and first in 13 years) comic, "The World of Gloria Badcock". I can't wait to get a copy of Little Heart in my sweaty hands!!

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

MV:  I am working on some new pictures towards a possible art show. The work explores the idea that, while everyone knows in advertising "Sex sells", until recently men have traditionally not been exploited nearly to the degree women have. I'm out to revise some historic wrongs....

Thanks Maurice! We are looking forward to seeing you again at TCAF this year!

Little Heart Interviews: Jeremy Sorese!

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. We have 9 days left to reach our goal, and at 40% we have our work cut out. 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. Thanks!



I first ran into Jeremy Sorese at MIX last year when Annie Koyama brought this charming & brilliant young talent over to our table and we got to take a peek at his portfolio (gorgeous stuff I tells yah!). Do yourself a favor and check out his site!

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

Jeremy Sorese: Hi my name is Jeremy Sorese and I'm a gay cartoonist based out of Chicago IL. I teach drawing to little kids while working on my first graphic novel hopefully set to come out next year.

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

JS: As a gay man, marriage rights tend to come up a lot. I'm largely not a political person but its hard to ignore people attacking you and what you can't help but feel is right in your heart. I also never draw comics about my personal life but the lining up of the second marriages of my parents with the creation of this book was just too good to pass up. 

Why is marriage equality important to you?

JS: One day, I would love to be married to someone. Being gay doesn't change anything about my life goals besides who I want to share my bed with. Getting married, sharing a home, camaraderie with the best bud you could possibly have, these are all things most people want out of life and I am no different. 

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

JS: Surprisingly, no and I think this is why Little Heart is so exciting. I'm really fascinated by comics taking on a journalistic or educational tilt. Comics are so aptly suited to explain complex information in a pleasing and engaging way that isn't utilized as often as it could be. I mean, what better way to truly understand why someone feels something than in a medium that has to be crystal clear and beautifully drawn, all from the hand of one person feeling those feelings.

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?




JS: Last year, my divorced parents remarried within two months of each other and I couldn't help but look at my dating woes in a new light. As a single person, equal marriage rights tend to feel more like a dream than a practical reality. I tend to get easily discouraged by my singledom and the long string of flaky men I seem to gravitate towards. But there is that hope, that some nearly perfect man will sweep me off my feet. And thats the whole excitement of the equal marriage rights debate. The fact that I will be able to marry within my lifetime fills me with nothing but joy. Even saying the word "husband" seems illicit, in a good way, like when you swear for the first time and can't help but smile.

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

JS: You bet! I will be at the 2D Cloud table!

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

JS: I'm working on my graphic novel series Curveball. For those attending TCAF, I will have the first 60 pages collected in a preview edition which I am really excited about.

Thanks Jeremy!


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!)


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Little Heart Interviews: Michael DeForge!


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. 



Michael DeForge is doing some amazing and exciting things with comics right now both online, with his Ant Comics, and in print, with his Lose series put out by the lovely Koyama Press! In addition, DeForge co-edited Thickness #2 with Ryan Sands, which made at the #1 slot in Rob Clough's Top 30 Minicomics of 2011!  

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

Michael DeForge: I work in Toronto, and my "day job" is in animation (I put that in quotation marks because I still get to work from home.) I try to spend all my free hours working on comics on the side.

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

MD: [MN] Love sounded like a good organization and are working towards a cause I believe in. I also liked the anthology's theme, which I thought could be a nice change of pace from a lot of my other comics.

3): Why is marriage equality important to you?

MD: People should be able to marry whoever they want.

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

MD: For some reason, it's hard for me to think of many off the top of my head. I remember recently enjoying a few of the pieces in the Finding the Words anthology, which was a benefit for Pen Canada (not a comics anthology.)

5): 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?

MD: I wanted to do a short comic about travel and long-distance relationships. I penciled the comic and inked it digitally with my Wacom tablet.

6): Should Little Heart be successfully funded via Kickstarter, do you plan to be in attendance at TCAF for it’s debut?

MD: I will be there!

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

MD: I draw a bi-weekly strip called Ant Comic that can be read on my blog, http://michaeldeforge.wordpress.com

Thank you for your time Michael!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Little Heart Interviews: Chris Adams!


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. 



I first saw a review of a Chris Adams web comic over on High-Low by Rob Clough. It looked to be some pretty interesting work Chris had a brew in that head of his. Some time after that we struck up a little correspondence, in a large part thanks to Rob Clough. Chris has sharp, totally unique, weird-amazing stuff. 

Comic critic Matt Seneca had this to say about Adam’s work: “Rarely have magic markers worked such luminous brilliance”. Enough of that, on to the interview!

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

Chris Adams: I live in Baltimore but spent a year in Tucson. I do art 10% of the time. I like paying attention.

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

CA: The chance to make pictures do something extra. 

3): Why is marriage equality important to you?

CA: Anyone who wants to give it a go should be able to.

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

CA: Design For The Other 90%. Not sure if it's non-profit or an anthology. It's a catalog for an exhibition putting creative brains to creative use. Very practical.

5): 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?

CA: It includes a nod to Spanish Castle Magic. It took me five days. It's in black watercolor. It means I was useful for five days more than I would be otherwise.

6): Should Little Heart be successfully funded via Kickstarter, do you plan to be in attendance at TCAF for it’s debut?

CA: My passport expired. I'm strictly American now.

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

CA: I'm currently in heated communication with a Minnesota-based publisher about a book about a standup comedian. Yes.


Ha! Thanks for being a good sport Chris! Looking forward to your future comics!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Little Heart Interviews: Alex Fukui!


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. And thanks!

Alex Fukui is young cartoonist and recent graduate from MCAD. He's got some fun looking comics and drawings, color and black and white that are viewable on his site.

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

Alex Fukui: My interests as a cartoonist could be described as oriented towards gross humor, fantastic horror and social anxieties - the fun little beasts that eat us all up inside. I'm a huge fan of cartoonists like Johnny Ryan, Joe Matt and Yoshihiro Tatsumi. I try to explore unusual topics and sincere narratives for comics without sacrificing the storytelling, beauty, or fun.

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

AF: The stuff I've seen printed through 2D Cloud before has been really gorgeous, and I'll jump at any opportunity to be among that kind of talent, but particularly the subject matter of this anthology is pretty near and dear to me as a gay man and Minnesotan (although it is bigger than Minnesota). There's been a lot of great queer-themed comics, but I think there could be a lot more, especially in this state and at this time.


3): Why is marriage equality important to you?

I feel like creating an equal standing on marriage would perhaps save a lot of people a little anxiety, and maybe topple the dominoes on the other problems plaguing queer people.


The story I submitted was largely about one of those problems - that lovelorn anxiety you feel at a certain age and in a certain environment where you are most vulnerable. In school, I was lucky enough to be in a safe community with a great GLBTQ club, and my experiences as a gay teenager were never, ever as bad as some - namely certain districts in our very own home state with skyrocketing teen suicide rates, and especially what transgender and gender queer teens experience in general. There's a sort of sexual repression that all teenagers suffer, but some are made to suffer more than others for what they're perceived to be, and that's really not fair.


I don't think marriage equality will magically validate and cement all gay relationships and relieve the suffering of people who fall in love - I don't think anybody expects it to. But in time it might pave the way for legislation that protects students, maybe by letting queer parents and parents of queer people participate with some freedom in that process.


Also, fuck Michelle Bachmann.


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


Ghost Comics comes to mind immediately - lots of great stuff in that. And although I'm not sure if it was nonprofit-fueled, Gay Genius as well - if you like some of the comics in this book, Gay Genius would probably be very much your cup of tea too. It's interesting how a kind of political unity still results in such a diverse pool of artists and comics.


5): 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?


I think it's too short for me to say too much about the plot, not that it has much of a plot - it's kind of a portrait of myself from high school, or more a hideous, uncomfortable part of myself from high school that I'd like to forget. As such, it's not very objective. It's a weary teen tale of compulsion, obsession, and self-absorption. I fought nobly but in vain with the lettering, I'm mostly naked for a lot of it, and it's largely oriented around drawings of feet.


6): Should Little Heart be successfully funded via Kickstarter, do you plan to be in attendance at TCAF for it’s debut?


If I'm successfully funded by my job, and successfully excused from it (or successfully fired), and the plane successfully lands without exploding and killing me, or I successfully board a plane without worrying about the plane's success, or Toronto doesn't succeed in seceding, sure, I'd love to.


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


I'm working on something to publish comics on the web right now, something called the Sweaty Comics Initiative, which isn't finished yet. After that, I'll continue working on comics to publish, if I'm not old and gray by then, and hopefully have at least one new mini for CAKE. In the meantime, I'll upload smutty drawings on my blog at alexfukui.com.


Thanks Alex! That was a fun interview!