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Call For Questions For Shaenon K. Garrity

To kick off the restart of the hallowed Comixpedia Community Interview series we've invited Shaenon K. Garrity to "sit" for your questions. The rules are simple: Submit a question in a comment to this post before midnight October 13th and we'll send the best ten questions to be answered. When we receive Shaenon's answers we'll post the whole thing for you right here.

Shaenon K. Garrity is the hyper-prolific creator, writer and/or artist of Narbonic, Lil Mel, Smithson and Trunktown. She also, most recently, took on the reins of editorship at Modern Tales. Shaenon also edits manga for Viz Media and volunteers at the Cartoon Art Museum.

So anyway.

I see no one has yet trotted out the hoary old Desert Island-type questions yet, so let me be the first:

If you had to pick five individual issues (or some reasonable equivalent for cartoons not following said format) of any comic from any time or genre, worldwide, to intellectually sustain you on a desert island for an extended period of time, which issues would those be?

I've got one!

While Smithson and Narbonic are both tightly-paced, colorful, and entertaining, they contrast sharply in tone and characterization. What's the biggest difference, if any, in your approach to writing the two comics? Is there something that you want to do with Smithson that you aren't aiming for with Narbonic, or vice-versa?

I want to be Shaenon when I grow up.

Tim  Demeter's picture

Shaenon, you edited Modern Tales Longplay, now you edit all of Modern Tales and manga for Viz. That much sucess can not be coincidence, so what advice would you give to a neophyte, or hopeful, comics editor?

Tim Demeter
does a buch of neato stuff.
GraphicSmash

Clickwheel
Reckless Life

Tim Demeter
does a bunch of neato stuff.
Clickwheel
GraphicSmash
Bustout Odds

Question about Narbonic

In your strip Narbonic, there is an episode where Helen is progressively transformed into Dave, her henchman, soon-to-be lover, and soon-to-be mortal enemy. When Helen is about half-turned into Dave, you drew her very much as you drew yourself in a Sunday strip shortly thereafter. Was this deliberate? Whether or not it was deliberate, is it significant, and if so, what do you think it signifies?

Marvel Christmas Special 2006

The William G's picture

You're reportedly doing another Marvel Christmas Special this year about AIM, which leads me to wonder: When will you be pitching for a Wolverine comic?

Cuz this is the best design for the character I've seen in years.


Shaenon- Since the laws of

The William G's picture

Shaenon- Since the laws of writing demand that the black guy as well as the amusing gay sidekick must always die... ARTIE!!!! NOOOOOO!!!! WHY, LORD?! WHY???


Tell us how you feel about

Joey Manley's picture

Tell us how you feel about the role of organizations like the Cartoon Art Museum in the comics scene -- many webcomics fans -- many comics fans, period -- have never been to a place like that. What will they find there, and why are places like that important?

Can you talk about the

Brian Moore's picture

Can you talk about the nuts-and-bolts of editing a given book? For instance, are you punching up someone else's straight, BabelFish-like translation of dialogue? Or has the English text passed through multiple re-writes before you receive it? What's the basic process? And how much caffeine is involved?
Smithson by Shaenon K. Garrity, Brian Moore, Roger Langridge, and Robert Stevenson

Smithson by Shaenon K. Garrity, Brian Moore, Roger Langridge, and Robert Stevenson

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Shishio's picture

I have often heard that you are a wealth of knowledge on comics, cartoons, etcetera. Â Any recommended reading for one who wishes to acquire expertise on those subjects?


One-liners - New strips on Fridays.

How did the books effect

How did the books effect readership and vica-versa?

I got the first one at my local direct market shop, but I wasn't able to find the later ones, even on Amazon.

Shaenon, can I sleep on your

The William G's picture

Shaenon, can I sleep on your couch?


question?

packrat's picture

questions to ask a cartoonist turned ed?

did you ever read suck.com- the culture of lamenting culture?

-pro's in animation say 'give 'em what they want and you'll be successful'

how well does this jibe with 'be yourself or suffer the consquences!'

know your demographic + hammer 'em dept:

are pervs, art-freaks or editialials your pet

comics? why?

names drag numbers in. which name-in-the-news would you like to see promote your strip?

pick one.... and send me a reminder. i only net a few times a week and am libiale to miss the reply.

 

thanks..

packrat.

 

 

 

stalking millionaires -the dating game

http://packrat.comcigenesis.com

Try to limit each post to one question

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Try to limit each post to one question or at least group related questions together. I'm only going to pick the best 10 questions to send on to Shaenon Garrity - not all of them...Â

Thanks.

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Xaviar Xerexes

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Gnaw.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

Okay, I'll Give it a Go

Sean C's picture

As an writer/artist who has worked on many different projects, you obviously have many ideas, and at one point (as you were starting out)Â you probably were juggling many of them at one time. How did you decide which project to tackle first? How did you decide which comic you would give priority to? How did you get yourself organized and focused?

Don't hesitate to procrastinate. See my stuff at http://www.cuteninjagirls.com

Don't hesitate to procrastinate. My brand new comic: http://cain.bombsheltercomics.com

I really like the idea for

Tom Brazelton's picture

I really like the idea for these community interviews. How many are you doing? Need any willing test subjects? I'm game!Â

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

Questions for Shaenon!

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

I'm not sure if Shaenon can answer those questions for you but we'll see what she says... :)

 

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Xaviar Xerexes

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Gnaw.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.