Okay, everyone, today we’ve got the famous Marian Churchland in the hotseat. You may know Marian from her graphic novel Beast, put out by Image, as well as a whole mess of other things. Go to her SITE and look around!
Q1] What are you working on right now, art-wise?
A1] You know, whenever I answer this question, I always regret it later. Things never resemble my early descriptions, or they get scrapped because they didn’t work out. So I can safely say that I’m picking away at lots of things, and who knows what will end up fully-formed. But for a slightly less wishy-washy response, I’ll be working on a couple books for Image Comics next year.
Q2] What is your workflow like?
3] Who are your top three influences?
A3] I don’t know if I can manage a definitive three. Seamus Heaney, Ursula Le Guin, and maybe Alice Oswald – she has been my favourite writer, lately.
Q4] What is the one piece of indispensable advice you would give a comics creator for getting their work out there?
A4] Make the books that you wish you could read.
Q5] What do you think your duty is to the reader?
Q6] If you could do one thing better, in regards to graphic storytelling, what would it be?
A6] Page layouts, definitely. As much as I love working on comics, I don’t speak that language nearly as fluently as those who grew up with the medium and have fully assimilated it over time. I don’t regret it, exactly – I wouldn’t trade in my own background – but I recognize it as a shortcoming.
Q7] What, if anything, do you prefer to listen to while you work?
A7] Often nothing, but when I’m working late on a deadline, I like to stream BBC radio 3 (classical music). It’s unobtrusive, and at a certain point it switches from the “through the night” segment, to the breakfast segment, which is just indescribably cosy.
Q8] What is the one comic story that has stuck with you throughout the years?
Q9] What do you consider to be the greatest power of graphic storytelling?
A9] I often think about how some things are best conveyed with images, and some things are best conveyed with words – and how nice it is, using both at once. My inability to commit fully to one or the other is what keeps me here.
So there you have it. Don’t forget to get over to Marian’s Site and keep up on what she’s got going on, friends!