Hey everyone! I feel so #blessed to be hosting Faith Erin Hicks today as part of the First Second Kids Comics Q&A Blog Tour!
QUESTION: You’ve created work where you’ve done the writing and the art, like “Friends with Boys” and you’ve done books with a collaborator like “Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong” or “Brain Camp.” How is the process different working solo or with someone else? Are there different advantages to each?
Working either way is a lot of fun, although when I work with someone (a writer, usually), they bring their own points of views to the project. So sometimes I get to make a story that’s very different from what I would write myself. Which is really fun! When I’m writing and drawing on my own, I tend to gravitate towards stories that I personally enjoy, and I want to write scenes that I think would be fun to draw. Which is why you’ll probably never see me writing a comic about a car chase. I hate drawing cars. 😉
QUESTION: You’re a graduate of Sheridan College’s Classical Animation program, and we understand, that you worked in animation for awhile. Rafael also comes from an animation background. How does that background influence your cartooning style?
Animation is a great background to have when you’re a cartoonist. Many of the things you learn from working in animation can be applied to comics. When you’re trained as an animator, you’re very concerned about making the characters you’re animating act in a believable and emotional way. That’s a great skill to have in comics, where you’re trying to convey a character’s inner emotions through static drawings. Also, animation trains you in consistency. You have to draw the same thing over and over again. That’s also a really good skill to have in comics.
QUESTION: Also, speaking of animation, are there any plans to adapt any of your works into an animated series or features? Is that something you’re pursuing or would like to pursue?
Haha, I wish! I think that would be really cool. I love animation. I’m a big fan of shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra and Gravity Falls. But animation is a whole different industry from comics, and a very time-consuming one. Right now I’m happy just drawing comics. But if anyone wants to adapt my work to animation, please, give me a call. 😉
QUESTION: What’s currently on your night stand?
Ranma 1/2 vols 11/12 by Rumiko Takahashi, Master Keaton volume 2 by Naoki Urasawa and A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Tuner.
QUESTION: What are you working on next?
I’m writing and drawing a trilogy called The Nameless City. Book 1 of the series will be out early next year from First Second Books. I’m also going to be drawing a graphic novel written by YA author Rainbow Rowell.