Faith Erin Hicks is a talented comics creator, who has great, strong — often female — characters. Her illustration style is engaging and fresh and she answered our questions!
* How did you get into comics?
Like (almost) every good Canadian kid, I grew up reading Tintin and Asterix, but didn’t really get into comics until I started reading Bone while in college. Access to the kind of comics I wanted to read was a problem, so I mostly read online comics until I moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax has a wonderful, diverse and girl-friendly comic book store called Strange Adventures, and they exposed me to many, many good comics, graphic novels and manga. I am now a hearty buyer and reader of comics.
* Tell us a bit about the projects you’ve worked on
I started drawing comics in 1999, when I posted the very first page of my comic Demonology 101 online. Over the next five years and by drawing over 700 pages of Demonology 101, I taught myself to draw. I also did an online comic called Ice, which is currently incomplete. I had my first comic, Zombies Calling, published in 2007 by SLG Publishing. In 2008 they published my follow up, The War at Ellsmere.
In 2010 Brain Camp, written by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan with art by me was published by First Second books. They are also publishing my next graphic novel, a semi-autobiographical young adult graphic novel called Friends With Boys. Friends With Boys is currently being serialized online at http://www.friendswithboys.com/
I also write and draw a comic strip about the misadventures of a young female superhero, called The Adventures of Superhero Girl. It can be read online here: http://superherogirladventures.blogspot.com/
* What is your favourite work that you’ve done so far?
Probably Friends With Boys. It represents a maturing of my art style, and the story is very personal.
* Did you ever get advice about the field that you’d like to pass on?
Don’t waste your time on a single project, trying to make that one project perfect. Finish it and move on, taking what you learned to the next project.
* What is your favourite thing to write or draw? From situations to characters to themes, anything goes.
I like writing flawed characters, characters who are funny and fun to be with, but perhaps a little screwed up underneath the comedy. I like drawing natural environments and old houses and while they’re a lot of work, I get a kick out of a well composed fight scene.
* In an ideal world, in what direction would you like to see your project evolve?
I’m very happy with my career right now. I have a fantastic publisher, editor and agent, and I feel very lucky to be able to make my living through comics. I’d love to do a multiple-volume graphic novel series sometime in the future, along the lines of Bone, so I can really spend time with my characters and develop the world they live in.
* Any last words?
Comics are awesome! Go comics!