Good morning, everyone! Well now, here’s a treat. I’ve got the one and only Maritza Campos on the line, writer of the very popular Powernap. “It’s a science fiction story heavily oriented towards action and humor,” says the site, and I’d have to agree. Maritza’s writing is very funny, and it’s only made better by Bachan’s fantastic artwork. Powernap and Shattered With Curve of Horn share a lot of thematic elements, so I thought this would be the perfect interview to kick off October. If you haven’t yet seen Powernap, then you need to get over there and check it all out. I’ll wait right here.
Q1] What are you working on right now?
A1] Power Nap, a couple of novels, a short story. I am doing a lot of writing lately, perhaps more that I have in years.
Q2] What is your workflow like?
A2] I can’t multitask, so I normally work on a single project in a given day. The next day I either move into a different project or I continue working on the same.
3] Who are your top three influences (any medium)?
Q4] What is the one piece of indispensable advice you would give a comics creator for getting their work out there?
A4] Keep going at it. People will help you if you give them something they like, so try to put your best work out there and never give up.
Q5] What do you think your duty is to the reader (if any)?
A5] I think my duty is to make sure they don’t feel they wasted their time giving my stuff a try. Inevitably it will happen some times, but my goal is that they get something in return.
Q6] If you could do one thing better, in regards to graphic storytelling, what would it be?
A6] Draw. I really can’t draw. I love doing it, and I keep trying, but things are very difficult for me in that aspect.
Q7] What, if anything, do you prefer to listen to while you work?
A7] Movie soundtracks, especially the ones that are only music. That’s for writing. For drawing, I have been in a Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave mood lately. But when I need to work at a quicker pace, I choose things like The Ramones.
Q8] What is the one comic story that has stuck with you throughout the years?
A8] Bone, by Jeff Smith.
Q9] What do you consider to be the greatest power of graphic storytelling?
A9] To me it’s the power of telling stories without words, using visuals. As a writer, I love words, but I’m also aware that sometimes silence can be very powerful. Graphic storytelling can carry quite the punch in the sense that the negative space formed by the absence of words is sometimes way more powerful than the words could ever be. That’s its strength.
So, there it is. Stellar, eh? Maritza and Bachan have a great way of working together, and it all plays out in such a fun and fantastic framework they’ve set up with Powernap. Thanks again to Maritza for stopping by, and I have to concur with her: I’m always in a Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen mood.