Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sequential Tart Interview II: Return of the Tart

Part Two of the interview I did with MK Czerwiec has appeared at the Sequential Tart website, and again I have to thank MK for asking what I thought were some great, thoughtful questions and turning our long talk into a readable piece. She put a lot of work into it.

Content aside, one thing that interests me about the interview is that it's pretty unfiltered. It's an accurate transcript of our conversation. Like many people I think I write better than I speak, and the interview catches me repeating myself and uttering sentences that kind of wander around without quite arriving anywhere. You know, like people really talk. I like MK's choice not to clean that stuff up because it makes for a more naturalistic interview that's really more like eavesdropping on two people enjoying a friendly chat. Which we were. The writer/journalist in my liked the approach.

Anyway. The last part of the interview is probably as cogent a statement of my philosophy of life and art as anyone will ever get out of me or I'm capable of forming. If anybody cares what I think about anything, that's pretty much it. Thanks again, MK.

"I’ll take one naive optimist trying to do anything over fifty bitter cynics who just criticize them for doing anything." .


Anonymous said...

I read your interview at Sequential Tart and was thoroughly impressed with your thoughts on crafting WHWT. It is refreshing to find individuals in the graphic arts community who choose optimism for the future rather than the "easy, lazy" route of cynicism. I've gotten weary of graphic novels which feature young twenty-somethings realizing that most of what they thought about life is bleak crap. It can be interesting if done right, but when you read that message over and over again, it grows stale.

Thank you!

Rachel Heston Davis
Up and Writing

Brian Fies said...

Thanks, I really appreciate that. I enjoyed your blog; my two girls are doing NaNoWriMo for the third or fourth time. I think it's become a highlight of their year.

I also liked your piece for Lulu, but would disagree that in cartooning "the writing must be as good as the artwork." It ought to be much better! Great writing can carry great art, but great art can't save bad writing. My friend Otis Frampton and I call ourselves writers who can draw, which I think sums it up.

Thanks again.

ronnie said...

The discussion of the alternative aging of the characters was particularly interesting. WHTTWOT seems in some ways to be a book that people either "get" or "don't get". The ST interviewer obviously "got it", which made the interview that much more enjoyable.

Brian Fies said...

Ronnie, I'm tempted to say a lot more on the subject, but think I'll just leave it at: "I agree."