Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Complete Tart (& random related thoughts)

The Web wizards at Sequential Tart have at last posted the final several paragraphs of the interview I mentioned on June 30. If you're interested in reading it, it's all there now and I still think it's a very good one. More thanks to writer MK Czerwiec.

The two or three people who've seen other interviews I've done may notice some repetition in my responses here. Although MK asked some great original questions and definitely had her own angle on Mom's Cancer, there are some questions everyone asks. When I stumble across an answer I like, some combination of words that captures exactly what I want to say, I slip it into my mental filing cabinet for later. If someone were to sit down and read every word of every interview I've done in the past year (and there haven't been that many), they'd probably discover that I tried out half of these answers elsewhere. I don't know how to get around that.

Fortunately, I realize that no one but me cares. The best I can do is treat every interview like it's the first and only one anybody will ever read--which is almost certainly the case--and give the best answers I can. I do put a lot of thought into these and appreciate it very much when I sense a thoughtful mind working on the other side of the notepad.


Lynne said...

I suspect everyone doing repeated interviews about their book repeats their answers....why wouldn't you?

Especially when it's an answer that you feel fits.

Hey, when you go to Lis' next to visit, ask her to see my Pogo book.

Lynne said...

I mean ask her to show you the book...she has a copy.

Brian Fies said...

Thanks, Lynne, I look forward to seeing it. I especially like the strong graphic sensibilities I saw in your work online.

Lynne said...

Yeah, I tried to give it a graphic feel with flat graphic backgrounds with patterns, and keep the characters a little more alive. Backgrounds are intended to have a collage feel. I had alittle trouble with converting some of my artwork to the Lulu production pdfs. It was a little awkward because I just prepared my art and uploaded it, ordered a printed book and then had to work out bugs. I refused to pay them to have someone convert it, so it was weeks of emailing their troubleshooter and trying to figure things out. I have enough production background experience to figure out most of the difficulties, but not knowing their exact process and production needs was a bit frustrating. They want you to spend hundreds of dollars having thier graphic people do the work, but I'm stubborn and refused to admit I couldn't figure it out. In the end, I had to make a few compromises, but all in all I'm pleased with the way it turned out.