Five, a dozen — close enough
Appearing in a comic strip next month, Super Kranti:
More for the interview:
8. Tell us about your graphic novel, “As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial.”
I worked with the amazing writer Derrick Jensen. He wrote the bulk of it, using the characters from “Minimum Security,” and I illustrated it and wrote a few of the sections.
It’s a response to the lie that individual lifestyle changes are the solution to ecocide. For example, Al Gore’s movie “Inconvenient Truth” lays out the problem very well, but at the end is the usual tired “what you can do” list that everyone pushes because they don’t impinge too much on our “non-negotiable way of life.” These lists always include things like taking shorter showers and changing light bulbs to more energy-efficient ones, and never include things like stopping industrial production and overthrowing the system that puts profit ahead of a living world.
In spite of its serious subject matter, “As the World Burns” is very funny and involves space aliens who arrive to eat the planet and bunnies rounded up and locked in detention centers.
9. Name five of your favorite cartoonists or comics.
Five that immediately come to mind (there are many more that I love also):
All of my Cartoonists With Attitude comrades, Matt Groening, Rene Engstrom (Anders Loves Maria), Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland), Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For), Steven Cloud (Boy on a Stick and Slither), Jim Meddick (Monty), and Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant).
Oh, is that more than five? Oops.
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10. How do you develop ideas? Which comes first, words or pictures?