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Exclusive Interview: “Victory Parade” Writer / Artist Leela Corman

 

It’s always interesting to consider who and what had an influence on something.

Take Leela Corman’s new graphic novel Victory Parade (hardcover, Kindle), which, as she says in the following email interview, was influenced by such seemingly disparate influences as the iconic experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten, the sitcom M*A*S*H, author Primo Levi, singer Josephine Baker, and painter Otto Dix, to highlight a few.

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Exclusive Interview: “Feeding Ghosts” Writer / Artist Tessa Hulls

 

When people write memoirs, they often can’t help but bring their parents and other relatives into their story.

But in her new graphic novel memoir Feeding Ghosts (hardcover, Kindle), author and artist Tessa Hulls didn’t just include her mom and grandmother, she invoked her grandmother’s memoir in telling her multi-generational story.

In the following email interview, Hull discusses why she decided to write this book, and as a graphic novel, as well as what influenced both the words and images.

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Exclusive Interview: “I Feel Awful, Thanks” Writer / Artist Lara Pickle

 

In Lara Pickle’s new graphic novel I Feel Awful, Thanks (paperback, Kindle), we follow a woman on a journey in a fantasy realm.

But as Pickle explains in the following email interview, this journey isn’t a quest to find some treasure or destroy some danger, it’s an emotional journey tied directly to her mental health.

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Exclusive Interview: “Miles Davis And The Search For The Sound” Writer / Artist Dave Chisholm

 

Miles Davis (1926-1991) was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters and composers of all time. But his turbulent life was almost as interesting as his music.

Now that life is being shared, and in grand visual style, courtesy of Dave Chisholm’s new graphic novel biography Miles Davis And The Search For The Sound (hardcover). In the following email interview, Chisholm discusses what went into this book, including how his own skills on the trumpet made it that much better.

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Exclusive Interview: “Heart Attack” Writer Shawn Kittelsen & Artist Eric Zawadzki

 

It doesn’t matter how or why, but if you’re different in this world, someone will hate you for it. Just ask anyone who isn’t straight, white, cisgender, native to the country they’re living in…

Or, if you prefer, ask Jill and Charlie from the graphic novel Heart Attack (paperback, Kindle), in which gene therapy inadvertently leads to some people to have special abilities, and thus being the targets of bigotry from a government that fears them.

In the following email interview, Heart Attack writer Shawn Kittelsen and artist Eric Zawadzki discuss how this comic book came together.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Jewish Deli” Writer / Artist Ben Nadler

 

Despite what you may think, the woman in the classic rom-com When Harry Met Sally who says, “I’ll have what she’s having” isn’t looking to have an orgasm in the middle of a restaurant; she just wants a sandwich so good that it makes you cry out in ecstasy. And you can only get that in a Jewish deli like Katz’s, the one in Sally. But what if you’re not familiar with Jewish delis, or know what’s different about them from regular delis? Where can you go to learn about Jewish delis? Well, okay, there’s a movie, but given the title of this piece, you should know where this is going: to my email interview with Ben Nadler, the writer and artist of a new graphic novel called The Jewish Deli: An Illustrated Guide To The Chosen Food (hardcover, Kindle). L’chaim.

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Exclusive Interview: “Bea Wolf” Author Zach Weinersmith

 

The epic poem “Beowulf” has been adapted and reworked in numerous ways over the years. Neil Gaiman, for instance, not only cowrote the screenplay for the animated movie, but he also wrote his own poetic version, called “Bay Wolf” (from his collection Smoke And Mirrors), as well as a modernized novella titled The Monarch Of The Glenn (from his collection Fragile Things). And now writer Zach Weinersmith is retelling the tale — but with (and for) kids — in his new comic adaptation Bea Wolf (hardcover, Kindle). Though as he explains in the following email interview, he uses the word “kids” rather loosely.

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Exclusive Interview: “Shubeik Lubeik” Author / Artist Deena Mohamed

 

If you know anything about wishes — be they granted by djinn, monkey’s paws, or some other magical way — you know there’s often a price to be paid. But what if the price was monetary; what if the more you paid for a wish, the more likely it would come true, and with no strings attached? This is the premise (sans the djinn) of Deena Mohamed’s first graphic novel, Shubeik Lubeik (hardcover, Kindle). In the following email interview, Mohamed explains where she got the idea for this urban fantasy tale, and what influenced it.

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Exclusive Interview: “Sound Of Light” Author Amanda Bridgeman

 

Writer / director Cameron Crowe recently set the Internet ablaze when he mentioned that he’d love to make a Marvel movie based about the musical mutant, Dazzler. But while comic book fans were excited by the idea, not everyone is as familiar with this member of the X-Men as, say, Wolverine or Professor X. No matter. Now you can learn more about her in Amanda Bridgeman’s new novel Sound Of Light: A Marvel: School Of X Novel (paperback, Kindle) — which, in turn, you can learn more about in the following email interview.